Trainee Merchandiser - Next

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If you're looking for a career where you can use your strong analytical skills and eye for product then this is the role for you.

About the team

Working alongside your buying, technology and design colleagues, you will support the merchandising team from analysing sales to ordering stock from suppliers all over the world.

What’s Merchandising at Next?

Not to be confused with visual merchandising, merchandising involves analysing sales, ordering stock from suppliers and making sure it arrives on time in our stores and for our online customers.

Being a Trainee Merchandiser forms part of the product teams, you’ll be working closely with the Buying, Design and Technology teams. While the Merchandising teams provide an analytical insight, you won’t just be number crunching, but working very closely with product. So yes, we want people who have a passion for all things analytical, but also those who have an interest in fashion or homeware too.

We’ll make sure you have support not only from the business but your teams too. You’ll have a personal training development programme that will help you grow and progress throughout the trainee scheme. As you progress, so do we. It is down to the set up we have in place that the vast majority of our Trainees earn their first promotion well within the first 18 months.

We get the importance of working in a fun and creative space! We want you to feel happy and valued. That’s why we invest so much time, money and resources in our Head Office teams and campus.

The Role

A 12-18 month scheme designed to support the merchandising team on a daily basis while acquiring the required skills to develop as a future Merchandiser. Upon completion of the scheme you will be promoted to Assistant Merchandiser.

You will

  • Analyse last year’s sales to forecast what will sell well in future seasons.
  • Negotiate, order and manage deliveries with suppliers from Europe to the Far East.
  • Review sales daily, to help manage stock levels in store and online.
  • Accurately update key merchandising systems.

About you

  • You are organised and can manage and prioritise a wide range of tasks.
  • A great communicator, you will build excellent relationships both internally and externally.
  • You are able to interpret data and see opportunities.
  • You thrive in a fast paced, busy environment.
  • Approachable and at your best in a team environment.

Technical skills/business skills required

  • Experienced user of Microsoft Excel.
  • Highly numerate.


  • Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • ShareSave Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Staff Discount
  • On-site Nursery



You know Next, but did you know we’re a FTSE100 retail company employing over 43,000 people? From our 500-plus stores, to our successful online business - everything we do begins at Next Head Office

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