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Buying Administrator Apprenticeship Programme (2021)

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Date: 16-Jun-2021

Location: Watford, Greater London, GB

Company: TJX Companies, Inc.




Variety and Challenge. Growth and Opportunity.


In the retail business, we move fast. We’re always adapting, evolving and innovating. And the fast pace brings variety and challenge, along with continued growth and opportunity.


Explore career opportunities at TJX, a Fortune 100 company and the world’s leading off-price retailer of clothing and homeware worldwide. Our retail chains include TK Maxx in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as HomeSense and tkmaxx.com in the United Kingdom; TK Maxx in Australia; TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post and Homesense, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; and Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls in Canada. In 2018, TJX had over $35 billion in sales, more than 4000 shops and 249,000 Associates. As a retailer committed to growth, success is always in style at TJX!

TJX Buying Operations Level 4 Buying and Merchandising Apprenticeship


About the employer


You have probably heard of TK Maxx and Homesense, but you might not know that behind these brands stands a Global Company called TJX Europe, part of The TJX Companies, Inc.


TJX is a leading off-price retailer of apparel home & fashion. In Europe, we have a team of approximately 33,000 employees, over 600 stores, and our e-commerce site, tkmaxx.com.


We are a dynamic and diverse organisation. We love growing and developing talent therefore if you join us for our Apprenticeship Programme, we’ll be doing that for you from the moment you step through the door.


TJX is an exciting place to work and we count on our Associates to bring our business to life. Staying true to our open, collaborative culture and values of honesty, integrity, and treating each other with dignity and respect is a top priority for us.


Apprenticeship summary


Are you looking to get stuck in to work and kick start your career in Retail? Not sure where or how to start your journey?


At TJX we want YOU, we are offering you the opportunity to join us as a Buying Administration Apprentice.  You will gain a Level 4 qualification whilst working in a fast paced, energetic and diverse Buying Operations Team.  Apprenticeships give you the chance to earn whilst you learn!


Your studies will be at the Fashion Retail Academy who have for the last 15 years, successfully delivered fashion and retail courses to over 11,000 students. At the end of your studies you would have gained an industry-recognised Apprenticeship Standard.

If you have a passion for fashion, keen to understand our Off-Price world, have the drive and enthusiasm to learn apply to our Level 4 Buying & Merchandising Apprenticeship today!



What will I do?


You will be working within a large community in our Buying Operations function who support the Buyers and partner with our Merchandising teams. You will support the buying teams with purchase order writing, flow of goods, vendor meetings, strategy and style out preparation, create and run department reports, sample coordination and any other ad hoc administration duties.


You'll be working with friendly, passionate people. Supported by a  Buying Operations buddy will show you the ropes, plus you'll have a supervisor who will support you on your journey developing role relevant skills, knowledge and behaviours, and you will be part of a cohort with other apprenticeships the same boat!


Training at the Fashion Retail Academy will take place twice a month. You'll be working towards an accredited Level 4 Apprenticeship qualification in Buying and Merchandising. Off the job training and learning delivered by us throughout the course within our Head Office and our Stores.


Our apprenticeship Programme takes approximately 18-24 months to complete this is where you’ll get to experience Retail in real time. Giving you the skills to develop and further your career. Learn how to be a Buyers Assistant. You’ll be coached and mentored throughout our programme and by the time you’ve finished, you’ll be ready to take on the role in Buying Operations, or even a step towards the Graduate Scheme, as well as the option to  work in other functions across the business.


Your support hub


  • Line Manger
  • Development Supervisor
  • Fashion Retail Academy Tutor
  • TJX Mentor
  • TJX Buddy
  • Dedicated time to complete off the job learning and self-study activities / assignments 



Desired skills

  • Team Player
  • Can work to deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative
  • Able to self-manage daily tasks with a number of constantly changing priorities
  • Ability to multitask in a high volume and fast paced environment
  • PowerPoint, Word, Excel experience
  • Committed, reliable with excellent attention to detail


Personal qualities

  • Driven and Motivated
  • Passionate
  • Can build relationships
  • Curious
  • Flexible
  • Positive ‘Can do’ attitude
  • Keen to learn


Desired qualifications

  • School leavers to have obtained either 3 A Levels; Traineeship or Intermediate Apprenticeship (levels 2 and 3) and / or
  • Non-school leavers to have ideally obtained 5 GCSEs (Grade C or above in English and Maths desirable)

Things to consider

  • Since being based in Watford for over 20 years, we are really pleased to offer this opportunity to talent from our hometown and surrounding areas
  • Travel to the fashion retail academy twice a month

What's In It For You?


As proud as we are of our past success, it’s our future that excites us most. We strive to provide opportunities for growth, recognition and a competitive salary and benefits package. Share our determination to think bolder and bigger, and be part of our future. Apply now.


Roles start in Sept 2021

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