NAME: SUSANNAH ROSE / AGE: 25
UNIVERSITY: 2:1 IN SOCIOLOGY FROM
UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
JOB TITLE: ALLOCATOR FOR COAST STORES
What do you do on a typical day?
I’m responsible for allocating jewellery, accessories, woven and tailoring tops. I’m in charge of allocating to all Coast stores and all concessions to achieve optimum stock levels. I’m involved with analysis of products – to ensure they’re selling well, and that they’re sent to the right store.
What qualifications and qualities do you need for a graduate retail role?
I think a background in retail is helpful. If you want a position in head office merchandising there is a lot of analysis involved, so it is useful to have knowledge of databases, especially Excel. I did a bit of analysis at uni, but there is also lots of training on the job and several courses they send you out on.
Why did you decide to embark upon a retail career?
I have always worked in retail. When I finished university I went into a managerial retail role. However, I wanted to get a different view and join head office. I really love fashion and it was good to get into a role where I could use that interest. I got the job by registering with a recruitment agency.
What is the most challenging aspect of the job?
There is a lot of communication with different departments: design, buying, marketing and the distribution centre. We have to make sure we’re sending the right products to the right store.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in retail?
I would definitely recommend retail as a career. It is a really good sector to get into. People here are quite lively and everyone is good fun to work with.
Briefly, how would you describe your job?
It’s fun, different everyday, and challenging.