Meet Ruth. Assistant Merchandiser.
Dublin Head Office
I'm an Assistant Merchandiser on Women’s Seasonal Accessories. I started at Primark in January 2017 after moving back to Ireland from the UK. I work alongside the buying function and supply the analytical information, which helps shape our range. It’s my job to trade, manage, plan and build the range for my sections through effective analysis and accurate forecasting.
Coming to Primark at first, I was blown away by the pace and the speed of work – but you adapt quickly and it becomes second nature. I'm never at my desk for long, always in one meeting or another. When I am at my desk I’m usually running and analysing reports, planning and strategizing for future seasons, and looking for ways to do things more efficiently. It's fast paced all the time, but it’s great and can be a real buzz.
Learning to be a better me
On‐the‐job training is a huge part of my role. It's great that there's that culture at Primark, because you are really encouraged to grow your own skillset. No matter what level you're at, if there's something that you don't know, it's always fine to ask for help. If you're not being exposed to difficult situations, you're not going to know how to handle them. Primark has definitely developed me as an AM. In the short time I've been here, my communication and presentation skills have improved a lot. You're exposed to a lot of meetings with people from all over the business and you can learn so much from them.
Having a game plan
With seasonal planning, it can be challenging particularly with the fluctuating temperatures we are seeing in our regions. European temperatures for the autumn/winter season are set to rise over the next three years so we are developing new transitional products to account for this – having a game plan is key.
Coming home for Primark
I was living in London when a recruiter for Primark contacted me on LinkedIn and I hadn't really given any immediate thought about moving back to Ireland, it was more of a long term goal. But, I was curious enough and began to interview. I flew over to the office for a day, where I met lots of different members of the merch team. It was a great opportunity to have all my questions answered and to enjoy a first-hand insight into Primark life. After that, I knew it would be the right fit for me and my career.
Primark supported my entire relocation back from the UK to Ireland.
A helping hand
Primark supported my entire relocation back from the UK to Ireland. I was given support in the shipping of my belongings, immediate accommodation when I arrived in Dublin and finding an apartment was made much easier with the help of Primarks relocation consultant. The help I was given made the big move back across the pond so much easier and it really let me hit the ground running in my first few weeks.
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.
I joined Primark in 2010 as a Deputy Manager at the Barcelona store in Spain, where I worked on the shop floor for three years.
It’s my job to look after sales and stock control for the health and beauty department in the US, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.
I came here straight from the Fashion Retail Academy in London, studying a merchandising-specific course.
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