12 month Placement - Design


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Working Pattern

Full Time


National Minimum Wage for 21-24 year olds plus benefits

Closing Date

15/12/2019 23:45

Why Matalan?

We’re a £1bn omni channel retail business, founded in the early 1980’s in Liverpool and proud of our continued ability to offer our customers high quality products at great prices.  With over 220 stores in the UK, a rapidly growing online presence and a diverse product range, working here is exciting, challenging, and above all fun!

 We’re committed to supporting those at the start of their career in Fashion and our 12 month Design placement offers you the chance to work with our creative Ladies Design team, conducting regular trend research and creating detailed CAD drawings and technical packs for our suppliers and factories.

With the benefits of a dedicated on-boarding & training programme, it won’t be long before you’re involved in every step of the process and your opinion will really count – something that sets us apart from other placement opportunities.

The Role

Each day is different, you’re continuously faced with new and exciting challenges, giving you the opportunity to develop and progress on your placement, and gaining knowledge to help in your future Design career.


As a Design Placement Student, you’ll assist the Designers to create seasonal trend and colour boards for the Buyers to use on their shopping trips, matching the relevant colour swatches to the corresponding Company colour palettes to ensure consistency

You’ll conduct competitor research online & in store, comparing ranges and creating mood boards to showcase new trends coming through, understanding what products will work for our customers.

You’ll also attend weekly Design meetings, inputting your own research, ideas and thoughts, to help with range development and innovation.


  • 25 days holiday
  • 20% discount
  • Access to our ‘Family Extras’ website
  • 12 week onboarding programme

Working Hours

Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm 

About You

To find the best students for our Design team, we’d like you to have the following...

  • Currently a 2nd-year student, ideally studying a fashion design related course that requires you to complete a 12-month placement. Start date – Summer 2020.
  • Retail work experience would be advantageous
  • Commercially focused and trend aware
  • Ability to work independently and manage own workload
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Self-motivated and committed to developing your skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office

Matalan value diversity and don’t discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

Matalan wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application and interview process and ultimately, in their role. We, therefore, encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this.

This is your opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.

If a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close before the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested. ​​​​​​​



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12 month Placement - Design