Graduate & Placement Programmes
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What Does It Take To Fill Our Shelves With Irresistible Items?
At TJX, the partnership between Merchandising and Buying teams is crucially different – collaborating daily they develop instore and e-commerce strategies to excite our customers. Merchandising takes a unique entrepreneurial approach to planning and trading to drive business, whilst Buying constantly seeks our next hottest deals, by exploiting new opportunities in the marketplace – the Merchant skills overlapping both functions provides the dynamic flexibility that helps us deliver exceptional value to our customers.
Our Graduate Programme launches you directly into Merchandising as an Allocation Analyst, where you will learn how to trade your business, analyse sales and performance data to understand what’s important to our customer, and work alongside experienced Merchandisers and Buyers to execute the product strategy across all our stores. Throughout your career in Merchandising you will also gain plenty of exposure to buying, and as you develop your Merchant skill-set you will work with your line manager to discover the path that is right for you and embark on your route to an exciting career.
How is Merchandising and Buying different at TJX?
Thanks to our off-price business model life moves faster here than at other retailers. Your agility, readiness for any challenge, and ability to balance creative thinking with a sharp commercial focus, are key skills. You don’t need experience in fashion or retail – what you do need is curiosity, genuine fascination and passion for what we do. That’s how we deliver the gems our customers love.
We deal with vendors around the world and trade in multiple countries across Europe, so you can expect a European perspective on things. If you have European language skills, then opportunities could potentially arise outside of the UK in one of our European Buying Offices once you’ve started to develop a career with us.
Merchandising involves a real variety of work. Our teams anticipate consumer buying patterns, product trends, make commercial decisions, plan and ship merchandise across our European stores and online. As you progress through our Merchandising function, you’ll learn the importance of creative planning, sales analysis and the advantages of flexible trading.
You’ll be encouraged to take risks and try things we haven’t done before, and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities. Our constantly changing product offering drives us to plan strategies and build visions that will excite our customers.
Your partnership with Buying involves reviewing products, visiting our stores, and ultimately ensuring the right goods are in the right stores, in the right quantities, at exactly the right time. With a store presence in six European countries, catering for different customer bases makes Merchandising at TJX an exciting challenge with extraordinary scope.
Buying teams are ultimately responsible for sourcing the products we sell. Whilst most retail buyers go out a few times a year, ours are out seeking amazing brands every day. Our buyers are empowered to negotiate and make decisions on the spot, with the flexibility to negotiate fantastic deals. The relationships our Buyers build with vendors are crucial to our success.
Whichever path your skillset takes you towards, you’ll develop your entrepreneurial instincts, be given responsibility, and have the opportunity to make a big impact. At TJX Europe it’s not enough to just offer a Graduate Programme – we want set you up for a fun, exciting and long-term future in our business.
Discover your place at TJX.
Apply now to be part of our 2021 intake.
Role starts in 2021.
Find out more about the roles you could take on, and your development path, by clicking on the roles below.
Allocation Analyst – As an Allocation Analyst you will be responsible for creating the best mix of products, and shipping them to our stores, working closely with the Buyers on what they bought. You will be analysing trends and building your commercial skills by spending time in our stores, the competition and with our vendors. You will identify opportunities, take risks and trade your business to reach our business goals.
Senior Allocation Analyst – As your development continues, you’ll be responsible for a greater volume of your department’s business. You’ll also coach new Allocation Analysts and continue with your Graduate Programme training to help you develop.
Assistant Merchandiser – As an Assistant Merchandiser you will trade your business by spotting opportunities and flexing our strategic plans, partnering with your line manager and more widely your Buying team. You will spend time in the market and study our competition to increase your commercial understand and ability to assess extreme value and trends within your stores. You will be accountable for supporting the Allocation Analysts day to day in ensuring they are executing shipping strategies. Alongside your Merchandiser and Buying team you are responsible for strategically planning the future of your business areas.
Merchandiser – As a Merchandiser you will partner with your Buying Manager, strategizing and setting plans for your business. You will create visions, bring them to life with seasonal strategies and execute them alongside your team. You will spend time in the market with your Merchandising and Buying teams to critique the mix and find new ways to drive sales. You’ll take on a greater leadership role; managing a team and being accountable for their development. You are also accountable for ensuring that you achieve your department’s sales and inventory forecasts.
Associate Buyer – This will be your introduction to Buying and will give you the chance to gain invaluable experience, analysing and identifying business trends while reporting directly to an experienced Buyer. You’ll be responsible for a variety of tasks, such as vendor communications and store visits to critique merchandise mix, and you’ll make sure purchase orders are all dealt with efficiently. After around six months you’ll start using your negotiation skills to make buying decisions. At that point you’ll really start to build your relationships with our vendors, and travel will become more frequent too.
Buyer – Our Buyers are entrepreneurial and empowered to make decisions on the products that we sell. You’ll be a global shopper, as our Buyers travel to over 60 countries and build relationships with over 16,000 vendors. You’ll be responsible for millions of euros of revenue and will perform ongoing analysis to help develop strategies and drive sales. When you’re not out buying, you’ll be shopping our stores and the competition to critique merchandise and identify key opportunities. You’ll be responsible for trading and business planning, strategy of product areas, and end-to-end ownership and distribution of merchandise. You’ll partner with VP Buying Directors and Senior Management, and set both short and long-term trading and business objectives.
Assistant Vice President, Merchandise Director – you’ll manage a large team of Merchandisers and Analysts. You’ll be responsible for trading and business planning, strategy of product areas, and end-to-end ownership and distribution of merchandise. You’ll partner with VP Buying Directors and Senior Management, and set both short and long-term trading and business objectives. AVP Merchandise Directors also play an integral role in creating succession plans for our talent within Merchandising and Buying by identifying and developing emerging leaders, and supporting them to achieve their goals.
Divisional Vice President, Buying Manager (UK Office) – You’ll manage and lead a team of up to eight Buyers. You’ll also be responsible for millions in revenue, and will provide training and career development to your Buyers. Collaborating with Merchandising, you’ll develop strategic business and financial visions, as well as creating and maintaining a market presence by supporting Buyer/vendor relationships to maximise negotiations. You’ll balance inventory levels through timely markdowns and frequently shop stores and the competition to critique the mix and assess value. It will also be up to you to execute sales and profit objectives within your division and meet the company’s goals.
Divisional Vice President, Market Manager (European Buying Offices) – You’ll manage and lead a team of Buyers across different departments or divisions. You will be partnering very closely with the DVP Buying Mangers and the VP Buying Directors to deliver the agreed strategy for your market. You will be responsible for developing your team and be an ambassador of our culture. You will also be the key player in delivering market goals through having great market awareness. This will involve extensive travel both in your market and the countries we trade in. Through your wide network of relationships in the company, including Buying, Logistics, Merchandising and HR, you will be able to support and drive the strategic growth of your market.
Senior Vice President, Buying Director (UK Office) – Overall accountability for a Buying category of a multi-million euro business. You’ll partner with Senior Management, including the AVP Merchandise Director, and set short and long-term business objectives. You’ll work closely with your Merchandise Director and Buying Managers to ensure the execution of the overall product areas vision for example Womenswear. This will involve travel to both foreign and domestic markets to develop Buyers and enhance vendor relationships. Importantly, you’ll play a critical role in identifying and building strategies for both current and future growth opportunities for TJX Europe.
Vice President, Market Director (European Buying Offices) – Overall market accountability across all business areas and managing a team of DVP Market Managers. You will be responsible for the market performance, including financial goals which will be driven through the buying activities in your market. You will collaborate with the SVP Buying Directors to support bringing the overall divisional strategies to life. You’ll set the short, mid and long term business vision and goals to ensure the execution of the overall country strategy, as part of our European multichannel business. You will support the team in key vendor appointments and have great relationships with the key partners in your market. You will be responsible for establishing and delivering a sustainable and robust organizational structure to maximise the potential within the market and to support the future growth of TJX Europe.