Be a Trainee Buyer

You choose what hits the shelves this season. Negotiate, design and innovate with this Retail giant.

How and Why You Should Apply


Trainee Buyer Leicester

  • £21,228 starting salary

What you will be doing

From identifying key colours, trends and fabrics to negotiating the best possible price from suppliers, the role of a Trainee Buyer is ever changing and there’s a lot to consider.

However, our amazing training makes these roles among the most sought-after in the industry.

  • You will support Senior Buyers within one of our exciting departments: Clothing, Fashion or Home
  • You will be based in the heart of the team responsible for spotting what’s on trend and collaborating with designers, merchandisers and technologists to create ranges that fly into our customers’ wardrobes
  • You will repair garments and accessories for selection meetings, mock shop and more
  • You will develop an understanding of the product development process; from sourcing fabrics to approving trims, colour and fits
  • You will liaise with suppliers based everywhere from Europe to the Far East to progress samples for selection meetings and production
  • You will develop an awareness of key trends and best sellers, gaining inspiration from a variety of sources.

What you will have

This is a role that’s as creative as it is commercial, so you’ll need a mind as sharp as your dress sense. You’ll also need to live and breathe fashion. A fashion related degree isn’t a must, but it does help.

  • You are up to date with the key trends in the Fashion world
  • You are passionate about pursuing a career in Retail.

Your first year at Next

Meet Ellen

Trainee Buyer

It’s a really hands-on entry into the Retail industry but still offers a lot of support and guidance.

Your first year


Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Next

One of the UK's best-loved Retail brands, a mainstay on the FTSE 100 and a leading Retail employer. It's got to be Next.

Our Culture


Our Culture - What we do

Whether it’s through our 500-plus retail stores, our pioneering Directory business or our 200 international stores, customers all over the world are choosing, buying and loving everything we do – from our clothing ranges and stunning homeware collections to exclusive brands like Lipsy.

Our brand is associated with exciting products, beautiful design and exceptional quality. We bring this into our office space - it's a beautiful place to work and design new ideas and products.

We probably offer the best career training in Retail: 70% of our managers within the Product area of Head Office started as trainees. You could be next.

We're a sociable bunch, with trainees regularly heading to bowling, Nando's, BBQs and other excuses to get out and explore together.

Our HQ has a house just down the road for all new trainees to stay while they arrange accommodation and find their feet in Leicester.

If you don't want to leave the office to socialise, that's fine too: we have our own coffee and smoothie bars onsite, so there's always an excuse to go for a catch-up.

We believe in having an open office. If you have a query with another department, just get on up and walk over for a chat - we're all working together, there are no closed doors.

Our Culture


It’s going to be really fast paced - but I promise you that you really will enjoy it.

Our Graduates - Who we are

Danielle' Graduate Story


It’s a great experience... It’s such a fantastic opportunity to get into the workplace.

Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future


Will Ryder, Merchandise Manager

Our customers have three ways to shop: in our stores, through our famous printed Directory and also online, which is now our most profitable channel. We deliver to over 70 counties worldwide and have warehouses throughout Europe.

We are passionate about creating exciting, beautifully designed and excellent quality clothing and homeware, presented in collections that reflect the aspirations and means of our customers.

Joining us as a Trainee or on a Placement, you will be having an impact on the company from your very first day. Your opinions might influence how our website develops, or which products make it onto the shelves for the Christmas rush.

We're passionate about the product and enjoy making a difference every day. If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, apply today.

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