Be a Trainee Merchandiser

Manage products, keep on top of sales and maximise profit for a Retail giant.

How and Why You Should Apply


Trainee Merchandiser Leicester

  • £21,228 starting salary

What you will be doing

This role is all about maximising profit during the season and ensuring the product is in right place, at the right time, in the right quantity and at the right price.

  • You will analyse historical sales to help with the building of new ranges
  • You will manage and negotiate deliveries, working with suppliers based everywhere from Europe to the Far East
  • You will review weekly sales to help manage stock levels, across both Retail and Directory
  • You will accurately update key Merchandising systems.

What you will have

We’re looking for someone who’s good with numbers (perhaps with a degree in Economics, Maths or Business), works well within a team and has a passion for fashion and retail.

  • You are organised and able to effectively manage and prioritise a wide range of tasks
  • You are a great communicator, capable of building excellent relationships internally and externally
  • You are able to interpret data and make suggestions to other Merchandisers
  • You are able to thrive in a fast paced, busy environment and love it when the day just passes in a blur
  • You are approachable and at your best in a team environment.

Your first year at Next

Meet Kirsty

Trainee Merchandiser

When I moved down here I was put up in a flat in Leicester for eight weeks, just to help me while I found my feet.

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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