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You know Next, but did you know we’re a FTSE-100 retail company employing over 40,000 people across the UK and Eire?
We’re the UK’s 2nd largest Fashion and Homeware retailer, largest Retailer online in Europe and for Kidswear we’re the market leader. At the last count we have over 500 stores in the UK & EIRE, plus with the Next Directory it’s now possible to buy online from over 70 countries around the world! So we’ve gone global!
- Name: Sara Lewis
- Role: Assistant Merchandiser - Beauty
- University: Cardiff University
- Degree: International Business Management
"After finishing university I looked at various retail graduate schemes. After researching merchandising roles, I saw that Trainee Merchandising or Merchandise Admin Assistants roles varied greatly. I found the Merchandising Trainee Scheme on the Next website and instantly felt it would be a job I would enjoy. What made Next stand out was the training and development you receive, as well as how much responsibility you get compared to most other retailers."
"A degree in Merchandising is not really necessary to do well as a Trainee Merchandiser, as the training you receive in the first few months really helps you understand the systems and merchandising skills needed. Although my degree in International Business didn’t directly relate to my role, the general skills you learn at University really help you settle in faster. Having Excel, time keeping and admin skills really helps you as a Trainee."
"Every day varies as a Trainee Merchandiser and you need to be able to juggle lots of different tasks at the same time. Managing stock takes up the majority of your time, from placing orders with suppliers, managing deliveries, getting stock to the correct amount of stores, recognising best sellers and getting rebuys placed to fully potentialise sales. Working in a fast moving retail business, sometimes you need to be able to juggle three seasons at once."
"As a trainee you get to be involved with Product Development really early on, taking part in Range Build meetings to planning future ranges with the buying and design. It’s really exciting to see products in early stages of design becoming best sellers that customers love!
"The best thing about being a Trainee at Next is the training and support you are given. Throughout the first few months you have sessions that really help you gain a deeper understanding of the systems you need to use and helps you develop skills needed to be a great merchandiser. You also have a week at “Buying and Merchandise School” where you are given the opportunities to sit down with other trainees and to put into practice some of the skills you have learnt."
"This is also a brilliant opportunity to get to know the other trainees and organise get togethers! The benefit of being a trainee at Next is also how quickly you are given real responsibility and your own product areas, you are never made to feel like an admin or helper."
Training & Profiles
Working for a multi-channel global retailer, you will need to develop the talents you already have to deal with a fast paced, ever changing retail landscape.
As part of your development, you will receive structured training, covering business skills, system skills and interpersonal skills that will build your knowledge and confidence. Our systems courses will demonstrate how our in house systems collate data quickly, giving you more time to make decisions, trade your range and react.
We will support you in understanding your role and how you can add value to your team in terms of day to day operation, trading your product and influencing the future direction of your range. Understanding the team around you continues to be a theme in a range of sessions which includes our six day programme specifically designed for trainee Merchandisers and Buyers.
Not only will these sessions give you confidence as you develop your role but as the trainers all used to be members of the product team, they are well placed to understand the challenges and responsibilities you will face.
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