DFS has been making and selling sofas in the UK for over 40 years. In addition to leather sofas, fabric sofas, corner sofas and recliners, DFS also retails in a range of beds and dining furniture. The company has become Europe’s leading sofa specialist, and has plenty of jobs on offer within its stores, factories and at its head office in Doncaster.
The company started out in a small way when founder, Graham Kirkham (now Lord Kirham), who had taken a job in a local furniture shop, thought he could make his own products instead and deal directly with the public rather them having to go through middle men. He began to knock up his own furniture in a rented space above a snooker hall in Doncaster in 1969 and, by shortening the retail chain, he sold it to the people of Yorkshire cheaper.
DFS has since grown into a chain of around 100 stores in the United Kingdom and employs over 2,500 people in full and part time jobs in the retail sector. The chain is now owned by a private equity firm, Advent International, which bought DFS in 2010.
There are over 10 DFS outlets in London alone - and further 80 or so throughout the rest of England. You can also find a DFS in many parts of Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh. In Wales, there are DFS stores in Cardiff, Swansea and a few other locations. To find out if there is a DFS in your student town or city which might have full or part time retail jobs on offer, you can do a quick check using their online store locator.
Jobs at DFS range from sales support staff to retail managers and also include a variety of support roles for the sofa retail industry. In addition to sales roles, you can also find jobs in administration, driving vacancies, warehouse positions, upholstery and manufacturing jobs.
As with most jobs in the retail sector, you will often be the face of the business so your customer service skills will need to be up to scratch. Make certain that you showcase how much you can offer in the customer experience department from the very first stage of the application process with DFS.
At their Head Office in Doncaster, Yorkshire, you could find also vacancies in finance, IT or Human Resources with the DFS sofa company.
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