TJX Europe Ltd

TJX Europe Ltd

TJX Europe Ltd

Hello, we're T.K.Maxx, and we want to invite you to be part of something huge. We're part of The TJX Companies, Inc. - the world's leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer. We have an annual turnover of over $30.9 billion in revenues (FY16). We are excited about our opportunities for the future and confident in our ability to grow to be a $40 billion plus company (although we won't stop there). We are also very proud that 2015 marked the 20th consecutive year of consolidated comparable store sales increases.

TJX is a global retail force with over 3,600 stores in nine countries and over 216,000 associates and 3 e-commerce sites. We operate T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (combined, Marmaxx), HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com, in the United States; Winners, HomeSense, and Marshalls (combined, TJX Canada) in Canada. While our story began in the United States, since launching in Europe in 1994 our TK Maxx and HomeSense stores have quickly become market leaders in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands, with over 495 stores across Europe and a successful online retail business. We're growing at a fantastic pace globally and TJX Europe is one of our key channels for growth. This makes TJX Europe the perfect place to launch your career.

Because we are an international business, there are endless opportunities for your career in a range of different countries across Europe and potentially even further afield. With our training and support, you'll be perfectly placed to launch a truly international career. We would love to hear from you if you have lived or worked in Europe to support us with our journey, or if you have a passion to be part of our business growth and would love to increase your European exposure.

We are focused on our future and recognise that we can only grow by investing in our people. But we're just as confident that you'll benefit from our heritage and over thirty years of retailing experience.

All in all, this means we can offer you one of the most exciting and inspiring European graduate careers available - so come and join us for the adventure.

At TK Maxx we give our customers a huge range of off-price fashion and homeware that keeps them coming back for more. We're able to endlessly surprise and delight our customers by offering them amazing value of up to 60% less.

Our first TK Maxx store opened in the UK in 1994, proving a hit with many. More stores followed, and we opened in Ireland in 1997, Germany in 2007, Poland in 2009 and Austria in early 2015. Now, TK Maxx is Europe's largest off-price retailer. Right now we believe our future in Europe has never looked better.

We cater to all tastes, stocking big name brands alongside up-and-coming labels and all-time classics. This means our customer demographic is about as broad as it gets. What's more, we never know what's in a delivery until it arrives at the store. With daily deliveries, this means we need to be extremely agile to get everything out on the shop floor. It also means there are plenty of opportunities to be commercially savvy in your work with us.

At HomeSense we search the globe for quality branded homeware that we sell in our stores for up to 60% less. Just like TK Maxx, we cater to all tastes. In our stores you'll find treasures from one-off decorative pieces to designer bed linen, real leather furniture, and contemporary art.

We first opened our doors in 2008 in Poole, in the UK. Right now there are 39 stores across the UK, but their success and our plans for growth mean there will soon be many more.

Our deliveries also arrive daily and - just like TK Maxx - our off-price model means that we never know what's going to arrive, from tea sets to furniture. Either way, we need to get everything out onto the shop floor for our customers to discover.

Right now HomeSense is still a relatively young brand, making this a very exciting time in its development. This makes it a dynamic platform on which to grow your career.

Case Studies

[casestudy]
  • Name: Greg Lavers
  • Role: E-commerce & Supply Chain Loss Prevention Manager

Description:

Describe TJX Europe in 3 words

Fast, Challenging, Rewarding

What is it like to work at TJX Europe?

Working for a business that puts so much emphasis on personal development means that not only am I given new challenges that provide great learning curves, I also get to help the business to grow and be successful. The unique culture here at TJX is always fun and relaxed, but also focused on delivering results through great partnerships and leveraging our off-price model in everything we do.

Tell me about your career progression/on-going development with TJX Europe

I joined TJX Europe in 2009 as a store Loss Prevention Investigator in Central London. I quickly developed within my team and before I knew it, I was promoted and managing a team across South London. I was again promoted to District Loss Prevention Manager in the South East of England covering three counties and 24 stores before moving into the distribution and supply chain function to start a new and exciting role managing loss prevention for E-commerce.

I am always looking for new ways to develop myself and achieve my personal ambitions. Luckily for me, TJX is focused on developing its people and supports me to find new ways to challenge myself and increase my responsibility.

How much responsibility are you given?

I now look after two exciting parts of the organisation within loss prevention - E-commerce and supply chain. E-commerce is growing fast at TJX and it is my responsibility to design and develop a strategy to minimise loss and resolve complex fraud throughout an ever-changing digital world. The supply chain, however, is integral to the success of our off-price model and it is my responsibility to manage a team of investigators across Europe to ensure we move our merchandise from vendor to store in a quick, secure and loss-free way.

What is a typical working day like?

Every day really is different in loss prevention. It isn't just about stores, we have processing centres, supply chain buildings, and a head office department to reduce loss in… and that's before we get to the growing number of stores across seven countries.

I could be leading a complex investigation into a serious or organised crime that has occurred, working with one of our many external partners to improve operational compliance at one of our supply chain storage facilities, influencing a change in our contract terms with a third party logistics provider, or meeting with a member of our senior leadership team to discuss my strategy for reducing loss and improving profit in their part of the organisation.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Lena Loheide
  • Role: Assistant Merchandiser - Kids & Toys (Germany, Poland & Austria)
  • University: Akademie fur Mode und Design, Dusseldorf
  • Degree: BA Fashion Management

Description:

When did you join the programme?

February 2014

Describe TJX Europe in 3 words

Fast-paced, International, Exciting

What is it like to work at TJX Europe?

It's never boring. And everyone is very nice. It's sounds very cliched, but is actually true. The fast pace of the business offers a lot variety, and there is always a new challenge around the corner. However, you're never alone. Teamwork is key, and everyone is happy to help and answer all your questions. This doesn't only apply to your immediate team - there is always a friendly face in the coffee queue who would love to talk to you.

How much responsibility are you given?

Everyone trusts you from your first day. If you feel comfortable enough, you can make your own decisions and own your business right away. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. In TJX, we make them and learn from them. Everybody gets very excited about a little "sweaty palms" situation.

Tell me about the training you received when you joined

We started with a great three months of induction training. We got to know our unique business model, the systems, and met a lot of people from across the business during that time. I loved the field trips to different stores and one of our huge processing centres. After this, I spent my time on department together with my team. Even in your day-to-day job, the training never ends. As we keep learning, we receive new training for every new job role. Additionally, we can attend self-development courses and lots of other projects to keep moving within the business.

Tell me about your career progression/on-going development with TJX Europe

After my training in Watford I started in one of our satellite offices in Dusseldorf as an Allocation Analyst. Within 16 months I was promoted to Senior Analyst and Assistant Merchandiser. I recently relocated to Watford, which is certainly one of the most exciting stages of my life so far. Working abroad was always a goal and the internationality of TJX is very exciting. In the future I'd like to get to know some other functions in the business - there are so many things to discover.

Training & Profiles

Whichever programme you join, you'll begin with an induction alongside other Graduates and Placement students. This is to help you understand the business, and get a comprehensive introduction to each of the different business areas. This will help you get to know others on your programme, as well as people from around the business.

Merchandising & Buying

You'll then move on to a three-month training programme that is specific to Merchandising and Buying. This is a mix of classroom learning and on-the-job training. From this point on, your training and development will be structured around you. Through a variety of workshops, 1-2-1 sessions with your line manager, project work and more, you'll work towards the role that is right for you.

You'll also be allocated a buddy (usually a graduate from the previous year), and a mentor in the form of a senior leader within the business.

Business Technology

You'll have an IT-specific induction where you'll learn more about your role, and the IT function. As a graduate you'll have additional competency training at the beginning of each rotation, accompanied by a huge amount of on-the-job learning. Whether you join as a Graduate or a Placement Student, we'll give you the opportunity to gain externally recognised qualifications such as ITIL or Lean Six Sigma.

Through a variety of workshops, 1-2-1 sessions with your line manager, project work and more, you'll work towards the role that is right for you. You'll also be allocated a buddy (usually a graduate from the previous year), and a mentor in the form of a senior leader within the business.

Security & Loss Management

Your two-year loss prevention journey will start by being immersed into our store and distribution environment in order to understand the complexities and challenges that come with the retail trading pattern. You will be challenged and given a lot of responsibility from the onset. You will have the chance to take on different projects, work with a variety of colleagues from across the business and gain a lot of skills.

You'll also be allocated a buddy and a mentor in the form of a senior leader within the business. In your second year the focus turns to leadership. You will have all the tools at your disposal to establish yourself, in your own right, as a successful leader who will lead and develop teams to fulfil our company goals and ambitious growth plans.

Crime & Analytics Management

Your two-year loss prevention journey will start by being immersed into our store and distribution environment in order to understand the complexities and challenges that come with the retail trading pattern. You will be challenged and given a lot of responsibility from the onset. You will have the chance to take on different projects, work with a variety of colleagues from across the business and gain a lot of skills.

You'll also be allocated a buddy and a mentor in the form of a senior leader within the business. On completion of the programme, you'll be equipped with key skills and commercial understanding that will allow you to move into the role that's right for you.

Finance

Through a variety of workshops, 1-2-1 sessions with your line manager, project work and more, you'll work towards the role that is right for you.

You'll also be allocated a buddy (usually a graduate from the previous year), and a mentor in the form of a senior leader within the business.

We'll fund your tuition, exams and, when you get it, CIMA qualification whilst also providing you with sufficient study time to work towards your exams (in addition to your holiday allowance).

The CIMA qualification

This is an internationally renowned professional accountancy qualification, for which we have been accredited by CIMA as a Quality Training Partner. It requires you to pass a number of exams, which test your understanding of the broad field of management accountancy. In addition, you need three years of relevant experience which you will gain during your time on the European Graduate Programme. We will fund your tuition, exams and, when you get it, your CIMA qualification whilst also providing you with sufficient study time to work towards your exams (in addition to your holiday allowance).

When you qualify

At the end of the programme, you will be a well-rounded, financially savvy qualified accountant with great experience across a number of areas. You will then have the opportunity to accelerate your career progression and find a role that best suits your skills - and your ambitions. That could mean rejoining one of the teams you've already worked within, or it could mean taking on a new challenge in new area.

All in all, TJX Europe can offer you one of the most exciting and inspiring European graduate careers available - so come and join us for the adventure. For further information and to submit your application, please visit our website at http://www.earlycareers.tjxeurope.com/ as soon as possible to be in with the best chance.