Buying Director - Home (TJX Europe)
"It all started in August 1998, as I joined this 29 store chain as an Associate Buyer on Menswear. Little did I know that 18 months later with my 'full Buyer' status, I would be seconded to Germany to open the German Satellite Buying Office, which for its first 12 months humbly occupied my second bedroom in my Düsseldorf apartment.
Following 18 months I moved back to the UK to take up my post as a Women's Casualwear Buyer. Just 2 years later, I was promoted to AVP Buying Manager for Children's Apparel.
Some 3 years later, Germany beckoned for a second time. After a year of building the German Buying group from 4 Buyers to 10 Buyers, we opened our first German store in Lübeck, followed very quickly by 7 more stores and another 8 Buyers, as the business gathered great momentum.
I returned to the UK as the Senior Buying Manager for the Home business and soon became the VP Buying Director for Home.
In just over 10 years, 4 years of which were based in Germany, I still believe we are only at the very beginnings of the potential this fantastic off-price concept can deliver to the European consumer.
TJX Europe can provide anyone with a career that is fast, dynamic but most of all EXCITING. The pace of the business is relentless, yes, exhausting, sure, but exhilarating, absolutely.
This simple business model is completely versatile and portable, meaning there is no developed retail market in the world that would not respond positively to off-price. With this in mind, anyone can not only progress their career as the company progresses, but will have undoubtedly the opportunity to work, if not base themselves, in any of our TJX Europe Buying Hubs.
If you want a predictable steady Buying role, this will not be the role for you but if you possess energy, humour and a passion for retail and results, TJX Europe could be the start of an amazing journey."