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Meet Douglas. Buying Office Admin Assistant.

I’d always had an interest in getting into the fashion world as a career path. But it was actually a friend working for the company who put me in contact with Primark. I came down for a two-week internship last summer in the menswear buying department and really enjoyed my time there. When the role of Buying Office Admin Assistant cropped up at our Reading head office I applied and thankfully got it. So I packed my bags, said my farewells to Manchester and here I am.

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The appeal of Primark

Working for a high street retailer, I appreciate the impact and effect that fast fashion retailers have on the overall landscape. Primark offers a great range of key fashion pieces at reasonable prices, but it’s also a retailer that’s evolving fast and ready to challenge a few perceptions. A lot of people think of Primark of how it used to be and see us as a store that just sells the basics, but they’d be surprised to see how trend-led the brand has become and how progressive we are as a company as a whole.

Primark is a retailer that’s evolving fast and ready to challenge a few perceptions.

How I fit in

I’m part of a small team of buyers in the leisurewear department, where we work on developing stock to our high standards to ensure that the product we’re working on meets the trend criteria at a competitive price point. Every morning I’ll sit down with the buyers and we’ll then formulate an action plan for the day. This could consist of order raising, measuring up development samples to ensure the fit meets our guidelines, or researching the current retail landscape. It’s absolutely fantastic to see the garment move from the samples creation to when it hits the stores and, most importantly, when you see someone wearing it.

Best advice

I’m not being biased but if you really want to start a career in high street fashion, Primark is the best place to be. We really are one of the most rapidly evolving companies in the sector. As a fledgling buyer myself, I know how important it is to gain as much experience as you can in different areas of fashion so you know where you want to work.

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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