Worked in NEXT head office for 3 weeks on Nightwear, Loungewear, Slippers and Socks. Also worked with a few other departments for a short amount of time whilst I was there.
During my time at NEXT I was exposed to a range of systems they use; Lineflow, Buyers’ Range Plan, Range Builder Live Directory Analytics, Mainframe, etc. I was very involved with the product, i.e. sitting in on a number of range building sessions, selection meetings and trade meetings. Had a range of tasks from printing daily reports; topline sales and bestsellers; to liaising with suppliers.
The hardest part of the job was creating Price Architecture spreadsheets. This is because I had never covered the topic in much detail whilst studying at the FRA.
The most enjoyable part of my placement was being very involved with the product and getting to work closely with the team.