Junior Designer - 12 Month Internship - Matalan

Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Location: North West, Liverpool
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Arts & Design

Matalan is one of the UK's leading retailers offering quality fashion and homeware at up to half the price of our competitors. John Hargreaves, the founder of Matalan, decided to implement a US retail concept in the UK, so in 1985 the first Matalan store opened in Preston, and now, over 30 years later, we have 200+ UK stores, and a growing franchise in the Middle East. Famed for being an out of town retailer, we have challenged this idea in recent years, opening High Street stores in Liverpool and Cardiff City Centres and London's Oxford Street as well as a brand new concept Homestore in Knaresborough!

Our Head Office continues to grow and expand since moving into a purpose built, state of the art Head Office in Knowsley, Merseyside in early 2015. With amazing facilities, we've created the perfect environment for our teams to develop fantastic ranges and innovative products.

What you'll be involved in:
You will assist and support the Buying Team in carrying out the processes of planning, selecting, administration, supplier and store liaison to achieve the overall department financial and other pre set objectives.

• Helping producing design packs, artworks, prints, packaging and helping with garment sketching and artwork as requested.
• Helping the Design team with general design duties and the collation of boards and packs, assisting the Designers and Buyers with particular ranges.
• Helping collate the relevant colour swatches onto the Company colour palettes.
• Conduct Store visits and produce UK shop reports.
• Supporting the Senior Designer and Designer on various tasks within the department.
• Liaise with the Buying team on product ranges.


Who we're looking for:
• Currently studying towards a sandwich degree, ideally in Fashion Design or Clothing Technology that requires you to complete a 1 year placement. Start dates vary between June to September 2017 for 12 months.
• Fashion based work experience would be advantageous
• Commercially focused and trend aware
• Ability to produce hand drawn and CAD imagery
• Ability to work independently
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
• Self motivated and committed to developing your skills


What you'll get from us:
• Competitive Salary of £14,005 plus benefits
• 33 days holiday including bank holidays
• 20% discount in store and online for you and a nominated user
• Free Parking
• Access to our voluntary benefits scheme, Family Extras
• Structured Career Path designed by our in house training team to ensure you continue to learn and develop during your time with us and beyond.

Values – How we make it happen at Matalan

Think Customer - If it doesn't add value to our customers, we won't do it. We put our customers first in everything we do.

Think Family - Our people make us who we are, we know together we are stronger and we're proud to be part of the Matalan Family.

Be Real - We treat each other as we'd like to be treated. We're down to earth and show trust and respect.

Be the Best - We take responsibility, learn fast when things could better and challenge ourselves to be the best we can be.

In the event that a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close prior to the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested.