Trainee Assistant Buyer - 12 Month Internship - Matalan

Salary: Competitive + benefits
Location: North West, Liverpool
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Buying & Merchandising

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’ll assist your Buying Team to achieve their overall business objectives by supporting with the planning and selection of product ranges, being the point of contact for suppliers and store teams and carrying out all administration duties.

You’ll complete regular store visits nationwide, monitor merchandising and layout guidelines, address any issues that may arise and carry out competitor shopping trips, benchmarking ranges and pricing to complete quarterly reviews and report on missed opportunities and ideas. Working closely with your Trainee Assistant Merchandiser, you’ll manage the critical path and sample process, chasing red and gold seal samples to ensure deliveries are made on time and setting up new supplier account details ensuring all suppliers are aware of and understand Matalan’s requirements for all products.

You’ll assist in the creation and development of product guidelines for the forthcoming season alongside your Buyer and the Retail team, liaising with Marketing to share key trend pieces and promotions. As a note taker within fit sessions, you’ll work closely with your Buyer and the Quality Assurance team, ensuring products meet criteria set by Matalan, and will clearly communicate any changes to products to the supplier, understanding the impact these decisions make on the wider business and the supply chain.


Who we’re looking for:
• Currently studying towards a sandwich degree, ideally in Fashion Buying, Retailing, Promotion or Design, 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 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

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.