12 month Placement - Design (Homeware)


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

30/06/2021 22:45

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 and our 12-month Design placement offers you the chance to work with our innovative Design teams, developing comprehensive ranges that are not only trend driven but deliver amazing value and excellent quality that will exceed our customer’s expectations.

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

** This role is perfect for Students who are seeking a 12M Placement (Sandwich year), as part of their Textile Design and/or Surface Pattern Design Degree.**

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 will work alongside the Buyers and using the CAD software, design and develop a comprehensive Homeware ranges, reflective of the current market and Matalan core customer

You'll help produce design briefing packs, artworks, prints and packaging, producing surface pattern designs and artwork when requested.

You’ll conduct regular benchmarking of competitors, completing regular reviews and seeking missed opportunities and trends which you’ll share with the team and wider business.

You’ll also support the Designer with particular ranges and product development, help collate colour swatches for key colour palettes and liaise with the buying team on product ranges and design requirements.


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

Working hours

Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm  

About You

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

  • Currently a 2nd year student, ideally studying a Design related course that requires you to complete a 12 month placement. Start date – Summer 2021.
  • 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 (Homeware)