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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Retail Merchandiser

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€20k > 30
Visual Merchandiser
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(thousands per year)*
€20 - 30
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Responsible for ensuring that products appear in the right store at the right time and in the right quantities. This involves working closely with the buying teams to accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and monitor performance.


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Duties vary between different companies, but all merchandisers communicate closely with buyers, store management and suppliers.  
 
With buyers, merchandisers decide which products should be stocked for each type and size of store. By listening to comments from store management they gather information regarding customer's reactions to products, which may then be used in negotiations with suppliers regarding packaging designs.  
 
Information technology has had a dramatic impact on the work of merchandisers. With many companies now using EPOS (electronic point of sale) systems, they are able to access and analyse sales information from any of their company's stores. This information helps both merchandisers and buyers forecast sales and profits, and plan budgets. The retail merchandiser may also use this information alongside a space management software program, to produce layout plans for stores.  
 
While most work is office based, some local travel to retail outlets may be required. Occasionally, retail merchandisers may be expected to work long hours away from home - at the opening of a new store, for example.


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To be a retail merchandiser, you have to be an effective communicator, a firm negotiator and have an analytical mind. You should also be computer literate and be at ease working with figures. You also need to be good at forecasting and pay attention to new and upcoming trends. Strong planning skills are desirable in a Retail Merchandiser. The job also requires good health.


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