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Countdown - Woolworths NZ

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At Countdown our purpose is to make Kiwi’s lives a little better every day. Our focus is on delivering good prices, good acts, and good food for our customers whilst growing our business. Our ways of working ensure we are always improving by working end-to-end as one team, encouraging freedom within a framework, and keeping things simple.    

The Merchandise function is a key part of our Countdown supermarket business. Our category managers are responsible for selecting and managing the product range available in our 180+ store network.  By meeting the needs of our customers, and through the development and execution of great category strategies our category managers are pivotal when it comes to Woolworths NZ achieving its sales and profit targets. As a graduate in the Merchandise team, you will be joining one of New Zealand’s largest commercial buying teams. You will learn about all aspects of the Merchandise function and get hands-on experience developing buying and category management skills.

To be successful as a Merchandise graduate we expect you will..

  • Put team and customers at the heart of what you do 
  • Manage workload in a fast-paced environment 
  • Prioritise and manage a combination of reactive and future focussed tasks 
  • Have strong analytical skills 
  • Be a practical problem solver, to address issues that arise in the dynamic space of merchandise 
  • Have strong commercial awareness 
  • Have strong negotiation skills, to ensure we are able to secure the best value for our customers 
Your 18-month programme will include rotations in core areas of Merchandise such as commercial negotiation, space management, category management and development, pricing and promotions planning, analytics, and the wider business giving you exposure to invaluable learning experiences and career opportunities. The final 6-months will be your specialisation period and on completion of your graduate programme, you will move into a permanent role that will support your continued development both personally and professionally. 

Join the Countdown Merchandise team and kick start your career in a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative environment where you will be challenged and rewarded!

Callum McDonald
Commercial/Buying Grad
"As a Merchandise graduate, I was given the tools to develop my financial and data analytic skills to learn how we can provide the best products at the best prices for our customers" "I spent time in our customer insights and data analytics teams to discover trends and identify opportunities for sales growth. I developed key working relationships with suppliers and through my rotations built a network of hundreds of dedicated team members who each provided me insights into how the business works"Ultimately it is a year of opportunity; you are put in a position and given the tools to gather as much insight as you can to prepare yourself for the years ahead" |