Evans has been a part of the fabric of UK high streets for over 80 years. The chain, now most famous as a retailer of plus-size clothing for women, was started in 1930 by Jack Green and the baton was taken over by his son-in-law Cyril Spencer. The firm was bought out by the Burton Group (later to become the Arcadia Group) in the early 1970s but the success story continued, and the chain has been helped by being associated with famous names like Beth Ditto.
The Evans name is also a major provider of retail jobs throughout the United Kingdom and is certainly a great place to get some experience in the retail sector. There are over 300 branches of Evans scattered all over the UK, so there is every chance of finding a full or part time retail job at a store near you. To ascertain where your closest opportunities might be, you can use the handy Store Locator on the Evans website.
As an entry-level position, you would probably start out at Evans as a full, temporary or part time Sales Adviser. As one of the faces of the company, this role is taken very seriously at Evans so you will need to have strong customer service skills to succeed in a Sales Adviser position. If you think you can cut it, though, then call in at your nearest branches of Evans for an application form, or print one off from here.
There could also be opportunities for students and graduates at Evans Head Office on Marylebone Road in London. The head office team supply all major support functions to the retail business of Evans, so jobs could be available in any of the following departments: Design, Buying, Merchandising, Distribution, Planning and Logistics, Operations, Creative and Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources.
For full details of graduate programmes at Evans, you should take a look at the careers website for their parent company, Arcadia Group, which also owns other big retail brands like BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Outlet, Topshop, Topman and Wallis.
And what sort of people do Evans look to hire? Before you make an application, see if you can tailor your CV and cover letter to highlight some of the characteristics they pick out on their website:
“We love bright, ambitious and dynamic people who can work together to deliver the best results for our brand and for our customers; whether that’s in the design studio or on the shop floor. We pride ourselves on our fantastic team spirit, our drive and our support for each other throughout the business.”
If a retail job or any other role at Evans sounds like the sort of thing you would be good at then apply for any currently-advertised positions below now. If nothing is available with the chain at the moment, then you can check out their careers website to see if anything might be on offer soon. They also have Twitter and Facebook accounts so we’ve added those to the left of the page for your convenience.
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