Meet Aimee. Department Manager.
I’ve been at Primark for 12 years now and what a journey it’s been. I’m originally from Burton-On-Trent and started out as a bolster for new store openings all over the country. That meant travelling to support new store openings and making sure everything is good for the big day.
From Burton to the world
I always knew I’d leave my home town eventually to explore further afield. But Primark made it easier. They gave me this incredible opportunity to travel everywhere from the North to the South via the Midlands. It was such an amazing experience and it’s how I made supervisor, then eventually manager. When I look back to my 18-year old self starting out as a weekend Christmas temp, I think how proud I am of myself and how far I’ve come.
Being looked after
My career journey wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the amazing support I received from my managers. And the training courses they provide really help you understand the role and give you all the tools you need to be great at your job. The focus was always on my skills, with regular feedback from my supervisors. Plus working with so many different people in itself teaches you so much. There’s such a family vibe. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been there 10 weeks or 10 years.
Team meetings and dress-up days
Becoming a trainee manager was my proudest moment at Primark. Day to day, that means lots of team meetings, whether it’s with management, supervisors or retail assistants. But what I love the most are our step-up charity meetings. Primark empowers us to organise events in support of a local charity. So we have a committee made up of Primark colleagues that gets to set up fundraisers throughout the year in order to raise money. We’ve arranged everything from dress-up days and bake-offs to a ‘guess the baby’ advent calendar and a rounders day. I’ve been blown away and inspired by how creative the staff are. These events have been amazing opportunities for me to get to know my colleagues and their variety of skills and talents. It’s humbling. And all for a great purpose too! Seeing their enthusiasm is a true joy. It’s how Primark gives back to the local community, on causes that really touch home. As a business with strong local roots itself, Primark really values the importance of this.
The diversity of experiences you get at Primark set you up for progression and success.
Time goes fast when you’re having fun
In a few years, I’d like to take the next step up to Assistant Manager. It would be a challenge, as I’d be managing other managers – which is a slightly different ballgame. I've only been a manager for eight months and it's been fast, I've already done so much and going that step further to Assistant Manager means I’d be able to take on even more responsibility.
Other reasons to join
Your experience at Primark is about so much more than your job. It’s also about our people and our culture. Our beliefs as a business and our aims for the future. It’s about all the exciting, empowering, amazing things that make us who we are – and you who you are.
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