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Buying, Selling and Retailing


Retailing crosses specialist areas - e.g. retail banking, pharmaceuticals, medical, food and beverage, fashion, communications and consumer products, and functions - e.g. HR, IT, management, finance, marketing, logistics and purchasing. Larger organisations may cover some or most of these and each specialism will have its own management team.

Job roles are varied and most large retail chains will have buyers, merchandisers, store managers, a finance team, logistics and supply chain, design team and communications/PR managers. Most organisations will also have their own Human Resources department.

Some organisations may also have a fair trade or development operations, with potential for overseas work or visits.

A number of employers within this sector do not fill their annual graduate training programmes so you may find opportunities throughout the year.

How do I write a CV?

This short course will take you through the basics of writing a CV.

Interview training

Learn how to pass interviews and assessment centers.

Cover letters

This short course will teach you how to write a covering letter.

Assessment centres

Typical assessment centres include a series of exercises over a 1-2 day period e.g.:

  • Group exercises - analytical and pragmatic exercises, to assess candidates ability to build relationships
  • Presentations - often without PowerPoint to see how a candidate works without technology. Past topics include:"Retail in 5 years time: what are the challenges and your proposals to overcome them"
  • Role play - recent graduate hires brought in to help
  • Face-to-Face group interviews - favoured mechanism to identify the 'go getters' in the group.

Professional Associations/Trade Bodies