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About us.

We’re The Very Group, home to Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com and a team of 4,000 super-talented people.

We’re the UK’s largest integrated digital retailer and financial services provider, and we’ve been helping customers say yes when it matters most for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve consistently reinvented our business to adapt to economic conditions and industry changes – going from bricks, to clicks, to mobile.

But despite our passion for reinvention, we’ve never wavered from our purpose; to make good things easily accessible to more people. It means giving our customers the brands they love, an outstanding shopping experience and flexible ways to spread the cost.

We’ve continued to deliver for our customers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak – and we’ve done it by transforming the way we work.

We’re fired up for the future and the next stage in our development. We’ll give customers access to more great brands for themselves and their families, a seamless shopping experience and even more control of their finances through innovation in flexible ways to pay.

Ready to reinvent? Get in touch..


About the team.

"Since I began my placement at Very Group I have been part of a very welcoming, hardworking and fast moving team, and I am loving every minute of it. Without this experience I definitely would not have been prepared for a job related to the degree I am studying, I can’t thank my team and this opportunity enough for helping me acquire a skill set required for the job I strive to achieve.”

Spend you placement year at uni as a Buying Assistant and you’ll experience our buying process from start to finish. You’ll put your learning into action in the fast-paced world of retail and you’ll develop your skills every day with the support of a mentor, our superb training and a development plan that’s as individual as you are.

You’ll join an ambitious team who are creative and experienced. You’ll meet with suppliers and work closely with our buyers to set up new lines and source and develop product ranges. You’ll also help to put on catwalks, press shows and exciting fashion and blogging events to put our products in the spotlight. All the time we’ll keep you on your toes with different challenges and experiences to help you kick start your dream career in buying.

About the role.

Our Buying team here at Liverpool HQ have some of the best minds in fashion and retail and are leading the way in finding the next trends and products.

You’ll join us at a Buying Assistant and you’ll learn at pace as part of our creative and inspirational buying team that is crucial to Very. You’ll focus on developing and delivering a new range for us and will push the boundaries everyday developing strong partnerships with our suppliers. You’ll be working with friendly, innovative and passionate people. We're very supportive and will give you opportunity, support and a career path to shape you career and become our future.

  • Help our buyers source and develop product ranges to meet changing customer tastes
  • Keep a close eye on prices, the market and the latest trends
  • Work with our design, merchandising and creative teams across the full product lifecycle
  • Manage samples and provide support with administration and monitoring to make sure we always deliver our customer promise
  • Talk to our suppliers every day, managing different relationships and making sure samples are ready for meetings and events

About you.

Studying a buying, merchandising or fashion degree, you should live and breathe fashion and have set your heart on a career in the exciting world of fashion buying and retail. With a real thirst for knowledge, you must be ambitious, professional and assertive with a hands-on approach and a good commercial brain. As the pace is fast here, you’ll also need to be a superb organiser with excellent communication and prioritisation skills. Above all, you won’t be afraid of hard work and be passionate about providing products and brands that make our customers look good.


How to apply

To join us on our 2021 intern programme, you’ll need to apply through our careers site with your CV, cover letter and answer some questions. We will then be in touch and if successful, invited to the next stage!

If you want to find out more about us, please head over to our Instagram LifeAtTheVeryGroup to find out more about the day in the life of our interns and get the chance to ask them any questions!

Please note the dates for the placement are starting July 2021

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this role, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

If you’re a current employee of The Very Group, please apply via Talent Online as an internal applicant.

We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status..

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