Merchandising & Buying European Graduate Programme
Open to a new way of thinking?
Who is TJX Europe?
You might not have heard of TJX Europe, but you’ve probably heard of our brands – TK Maxx and Homesense. We’re part of the world’s leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer – TJX Companies, Inc. Last year, our annual revenue was over $33 billion*. But we don’t want to stop there. We’re confident that we can continue to grow and become a $40 billion plus company. Merchandising and Buying are the areas that make our business unique, and so they’re vital to our future success.
Off-price – the key to our success
What keeps our customers coming back time and time again? The fact that we offer designer labels, top brands and unique gems for less. Our ever-changing, eclectic treasure hunt of thousands of the world’s best and most exciting fashion and homeware brands mean our customers can find their unique style for less.
This is down to our Off-Price business model, which is at the heart of everything we do. Our opportunistic buyers are on the hunt throughout the year, buying merchandise from thousands of vendors around the world. It’s about thinking fast, being creative and making great deals.
This means that no two deliveries are ever the same. And neither are any two days. It’s an unconventional approach which is echoed throughout all areas of TJX Europe.
As a graduate in Merchandising and Buying, you’ll get experience of both areas of the business to fully understand how your work impacts our results, and how key the relationship between Merchandising and Buying truly is.
Responsibility from the start
You’ll start with a comprehensive induction and then continue to develop through a series of workshops, training programmes and a variety of projects, all of which will enable you to take on responsibility quickly.
With a huge support network behind you, which includes your manager, mentor and buddy, you’ll start to develop the people skills and technical know-how to make key decisions. Then it’s time to put it into practice, as you gain experience in a range of roles with real responsibilities. You’ll start in Merchandising, analysing sales patterns, anticipating product trends and learning to spot opportunities in order to ensure the right goods are in the right stores at the right time.
Here you’ll gain experience and develop your knowledge of managing a team and open a potential pathway into Buying. The Assistant Merchandiser role will be your earliest opportunity to move into this area. Don’t forget we are a truly European Business therefore this could be in either the UK or if you have the language skills this could open a path into one of our European Buying Offices outside the UK. If you discover that your longer-term career ambitions lie elsewhere then the flexibility of our business means you could potentially move into E-Commerce, Store Trading or even other areas of the business.
What does my career path look like?
To us, you become a valuable member of the team from the day you start. We move people quickly, but in a supportive way. Not only are you empowered to make decisions from the outset, you will drive your development in our exciting, fast-paced business.
The skills you’ll need
Alongside the requirements listed below, if you have European language skills – particularly Italian, German, Spanish and French – that would be great. And if you’ve lived and worked in Europe, even better. In a business like ours, these are great assets to have.
- A degree in any discipline
- Great communication skills
- Sharp commercial thinking and a head for numbers
- Creative, flexible thinking
- An ability to spot opportunities
- Lots of drive and determination
- Motivation to work as part of a team
*Fiscal year ending January 30, 2017
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