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Merchandising Semester Intern / Co-op (July 2022)

Brand:  TJX Companies

Framingham, MA, US

Employment Type:  Full-Time
Employment Status:  Co-op
Functional Area:  Merchandising/Buying

Success is always in style at TJX, a Fortune 100 company and the leading off-price apparel and home fashion retailer in the U.S. and worldwide. Our retail chains include TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra, Winners, Homesense and T.K. Maxx.

TJX is the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retail worldwide, and Merchandising is the heart of our business. In fact, no other team impacts our bottom line more. We believe that we operate one of the most flexible business models in the world. And it’s that flexibility has enabled us to succeed through various economic and retail environments year after year.


If you are interested in a career in Retail Merchandising, this is the program for you…this is the time to Discover Different.  


Merchandising Basics: Two Divisions One Goal.

Merchandising is comprised of two divisions, Buying and Planning & Allocation. They work together to drive sales and profit for TJX.  Our Buyers are global travelers, sourcing from a universe of over 21,000 vendors and more than 100 countries to deliver amazing merchandise at exciting value to our customers every day.


Planning & Allocation impacts the day-to-day management of our business by analyzing financial data, anticipating consumer buying patterns, and managing inventory levels to ensure the right merchandise gets to the right stores at the right time.


The Opportunity: Never The Same Day Twice.

Our Merchandising Co-op opportunities exist in our Corporate Home Office in Framingham, MA. From day one and throughout your 6-month Co-op, you’ll experience classroom and on-the-job training that will help you understand how our business works and how Merchandising impacts the bottom line.


Throughout the Co-op, there are many opportunities to Discover Different—by networking and interacting with all levels of management and participating in informative workshops, projects, and team-building events. As a Co-op, you will be assigned to a specific category of business within Planning & Allocation or Buying. Placement is determined based on business needs.


In a business where you never experience the same day twice, here is a sampling of how you’ll be challenged to think creatively and drive for results:


Allocation Analyst Co-op

/ Directly responsible for several multi-million dollar product classifications


/ Participate in an accelerated version of training received by full time hires


/ Analyze reports, evaluate inventory levels &  identify trends


/ Responsible for determining allocation strategy  for our stores


/ Visit TJX stores and competitors to critique/  evaluate the merchandise


/ Liaison between Buying and Planning to resolve  merchandise related issues


Associate Buyer Co-op

/ Experience the world of off-price negotiation and  buying


/ Participate in an accelerated version of training  received by full time hires


/ Opportunity to travel with Buyers to domestic markets


/ Strategize with Buyers before vendor visits and debrief post-visit


/ Analyze reports, identify trends, prepare buyers for market trips, write and track orders


/ Resolve issues with incoming merchandise

/ Visit TJX stores and competitors to critique/ evaluate the merchandise


/ Liaison between Buying and Planning to resolve Merchandise related issues


Who We Are Looking For: It Just Might Be You.

This Co-op program is for self-starters who have a strong foundation of strategic and analytical thinking and are eager to put them to use in the world of business. Specifically, we are looking for:


/ Students eligible for an intermediate to advanced Co-op

/ Strong ability to work with numbers, analyze data, and think critically

/ Genuine interest in retail, product, and in following trends

/ Entrepreneurial spirit

/ Excellent communicators who work well in teams

/ Proven leadership abilities and a strong work ethic

/ Creative problem solvers

/ Self-starters who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment


Key Qualifications:

/ Available for the duration of the 6-mo program, starting in July 2022



/ In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in The United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


What to expect from our interview process:

/ Learn more about TJX by attending virtual recruiting events. Click here to register for an upcoming session

/ Virtual one-way interview (HireVue)

/ Virtual case study

/ Virtual behavioral interviews

/ Offer to join TJX and Welcome to the TJX Family!


Post Co-op: We’ve Got Big Plans For You You.

High performing Merchandising Co-ops may be offered one of multiple opportunities upon successful completion of their experience:

/ Return for a second Co-op in Merchandising (Planning & Allocation or Buying)


/ If graduating, join the first role of our Merchandising Career Path as an Allocation Analyst, which is renowned in the industry for cultivating world class buyers and future business leaders.




At TJX, we are proud that, for 40 years, we have been providing amazing value to our customers, but the merchandise we sell is just part of our story. We believe our Associates bring our business to life, and we aim to support you by making TJX a terrific place to work. We are committed to leveraging our differences, and believe that the diverse skills, experiences and background that you bring into the organization will help us continue to succeed.

Discover Different. Apply today!       
In addition to our open door policy and supportive work environment, we also strive to provide a competitive salary and benefits package. TJX considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, marital or military status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. TJX also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local law.


Full COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster once eligible, is a condition of employment at TJX, subject to reasonable accommodation where required by law.


Posting Notes: Framingham  || MA

Nearest Major Market: Framingham
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

Job Segment: Merchandising, Intern, Retail Sales, Fashion Retail, Retail, Entry Level, Fashion

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