Almost every item that’s for sale in any retail store shares one common trait — it had a long arduous process to reach its final in-store destination. A merchandiser is responsible for the planning, buying, and placement of company products. This career path is for the gusty individual who isn’t afraid to barter, has a passion for shopping, and loves to get a bargain. Working for our employee partner, TJX Companies, allows you a plethora of opportunities to explore your options in the merchandising field.
At the TJX Companies merchandising is comprised of two divisions, Planning & Allocation and Buying. The two teams work alongside each other to drive sales and profits.
The Corporate Merchandising Training Program (CMTP) allows selected individuals to get their foot in the door on a career in merchandising. The training program begins with PASE, a combination of classroom and on the job training, led by the TJX Learning & Development Team. Your first position as an Allocation Analyst will lead you on the path from there to Senior Allocation Analyst, Associate Planner, Planning Manager, Associate Buyer I, Associate Buyer II, Buyer, Assistant Vice President, and eventually to Vice President.
View the video below to find out what it’s like working in merchandising:
“I love the fact that I have so much power to control over what goes into the store. One day you could be traveling to New York, another day you’re in the office. This job can take you anywhere.” Michelle Bierschied, Buyer
Merchandising requires a strong analytical and number skills background — with the ability to work in a constantly changing and fast-paced environment. If you’re interested in this retail career path please visit our Retail Careers partner, Career Builder, to view their current opportunities. If you’re not interested in a merchandising career check out our Facebook page for other options.