Next, the high street, catalogue and online retailer, sells much more than the clothes they are perhaps most famous for. They also retail in furniture, kitchenware, fitness equipment, computers, laptops, flowers and much, much more. With headquarters at Enderby in Leicestershire, Next now has over 500 stores in the UK and Ireland covering more than 6 million square feet of retail space. Next also has a further 200 in more than 30 other countries worldwide. Next has a long history of well over a hundred years in various forms. In its original form, the company was started by Joseph Hepworth in the mid 1860s. Next, as we know it today, started to open retail outlets in the UK in 1982 and the famous Next Directory catalogue launched six years later. The online side of the Next business began just before the turn of the millenium in 1999. The company has grown to have group revenue of over £3.4 billion and profits of over £500 million a year. The Next group employs over 50,000 people in a variety of full and part time roles. With so many retail operations in locations all over the UK, there is a good chance for students and graduates to find jobs right on their doorstep at Next. Jobs are available at retail stores, Next head office, Next Directory and in the warehouse and distribution side of the business. In-store full and part time jobs at Next can be at various levels as sales consultants, stockroom assistants, managers and supervisors. Next Directory jobs as either telephone customer service assistants or supervisors can also be either full or part time. And, since Next never makes cold calls, you would be talking to people who don’t want to speak with you. Next warehouses and distribution centres are dotted throughout the UK and could throw up jobs for students or graduates as drivers, warehouse operatives, maintenance, quality control, security, business support and managerial roles. The Enderby head office for Next has roles for students and graduates interested in visual displays, finance, systems, PR, legal, payroll, fashion, admin, customer services and many more business areas. Trainee positions you might find at Next include buyers, merchandisers, technologists and designers. With the Next business focusing heavily on customer service, you will need to show strong skills in that area to be considered for a job with the retailer no matter which area of the company you would like to work in.
If you want to work with a leading name in the UK retail business that see what part time jobs, holiday work and graduate careers are on offer at Next today.