Merchandiser (2043)


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. 



Do you have merchandising experience at merchandiser, junior merchandiser or experienced assistant level?


Do you have a passion for fair trade products and wanting to make a difference?



Are you curious and always looking for continuous improvement?



The Role:


Sourced By Oxfam, our ethically sourced product range, is looking for a talented new merchandiser to partner with the buying team, to help plan, develop and deliver an ethical, commercial, and profitable range suitable for our shops, wholesale & online channels.


You will need to be able to take ownership and accountability for your area, analysing trading patterns across different channels and taking actions to optimise sales and maximise the generation of unrestricted funds for  Oxfam.  


You will need to control your department stock levels effectively against plan, whilst challenging what correct stock levels should be in relation to current trade performance.  Balancing this with, managing the department open-to-buy budget - continually identifying risks/ opportunities to maintain flexibility and optimise performance.


Working with a worldwide, ethical, fair trade supply base, and multiple internal stakeholders, it’s important you can build relationships quickly, work collaboratively and communicate effectively.


You will need to be a self-starter.  Able to work well on your own as well as in a team.  It’s important that you have an eye for detail and accuracy, with a love of excel spreadsheets & systems and a passion for using data and analytics to drive decision making.



What we are looking for:


We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam's mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability, and inclusion in all you do.


An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:



  • Previous merchandising experience
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills and experience
  • Team player
  • Drive to achieve results
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage conflicting priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including presentation skills
  • High level of numeracy and computer literacy, with high level of excel skills
  • Decisiveness



We offer:


We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance and a range of other benefits.


From the day you join Oxfam we invite you to stretch and learn in your role. Our wide range of Learning & Development opportunities includes in-house courses, e-learning modules, on-the job learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and much more. 


You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.





We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as a hybrid role.



How to apply:


As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile. 




Our values and commitment to safeguarding


Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.


All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.



About us


Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.


Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 



A thriving diverse Oxfam:


It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.


To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.




  • Location:
    Oxford based (with flexibility to work from home within our hybrid working arrangements)
  • Hours:
    36 hours per week
  • Salary:
    £27,118 - £32,336 (Including Oxford hotspot allowance)
  • Region:
    Sourced by Oxfam
  • Job Family:
  • Division:
  • Grade:
  • Job Type:
    Open ended
  • Closing Date:
    26 May 2024
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