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Trainee Buyer

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Graduate Job

Creative Arts & Fashion, Hospitality & Retail•Leicester


  • This is a 12-18 month scheme designed to allow you to acquire the skills to develop as a future Buyer, and on successful completion of the scheme you will be promoted to an Assistant Buyer.


  • Highly organised, you’ll be able to proactively manage a wide range of responsibilities throughout the development process.
  • An exceptional communicator who is confident in putting forward their ideas
  • Good analytical skills with an understanding of margin and costs.
  • A team player who will build excellent relationships both internally and externally.
  • Passionate about retail (customer experiences; whether that’s in a store/shop, layouts and instore shopping environments or online, why and where people shop….customer shopping habits….trends….) and thrives in a fast paced, busy and challenging environment.
  • You live and breathe fashion and are able to present your ideas in a clear and compelling way.
  • Confident presentation skills
  • Things that will help you get ahead when applying for this role:
  • Excellent knowledge on current trends within the fashion industry
  • Ideas for new product initiatives that we are missing here at NEXT
  • Comprehensive understanding of Next’s pricing architecture and how this compares to our competitors
  • Acknowledge that our customer base is broad and ever growing, we are always looking for new opportunities to expand our product offering
  • Research future trends using trend forecasting websites to gain an understanding of where we get inspiration and how we are reactive
  • As part of your application, please include a cover letter detailing:
  • Why should Next offer you a role as a Trainee Buyer?
  • What skills and interests do you have that relate to the Trainee Buyer role?
  • Why are you interested in joining Next?

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Creative Arts & Fashion
Hospitality & Retail


  • Develop an understanding of the product development process
  • Sourcing the right materials
  • Negotiating the best cost
  • Approving colour, fabric and fit for production.
  • Liaise with suppliers from Europe to the Far East to Track samples for selection meetings and production.
  • Prepare garments/accessories for selection meetings, trade meetings and online photoshoots.
  • Have an awareness of key fashion and market trends by gaining inspiration from a variety of sources
  • Use your knowledge of relevant trends to find new product initiatives that you believe are missing from the departments current product offering
  • Conduct competitor shop analysis and present findings back to your team to gain an understanding of where Next sits in the market .
  • Maintain accurate buying systems
  • Work closely with the trainee merchandiser to analyse daily best/ worst sellers and make recommendations
  • Maintain an organised department - sample storage and approval library


Work type

Full time

Work mode





  • Access to bespoke training designed to develop you as a future buyer
  • The option to rent a room in our trainee house for up to 6 months if relocating (dependant on availability)
  • Access to our free staff bus service that links Leicester City Centre and a number of local destinations to our Head Office site in Enderby