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Product Innovation and Digital Fit Student Placement - Starting Summer 2019

Job reference: 002545

Closing date: 18/01/2019

Salary: £16,000

Department: Design, Technical and QA

Hours per week: 36.17

N Brown have 5 exciting opportunities for placement students to join our Product Innovation and Digital Fit team for a 12-month period from Summer 2019.

You will be an integral part of a team responsible for Product Innovation, Fit and Development whilst building your experience in Commercial Apparel, Footwear & Home head office environment.

Product Innovation and Digital Fit Placement – 12 months

N Brown’s Product Innovation and Digital Fit team are at the heart of our business. They create products that inspire and fulfil our customers’ needs and wishes. Within our team you will research and innovate, contribute to product development from concept to consumer, acquire fit and technical expertise, drive improvement through customer analysis and liaise with our suppliers to maintain quality and testing standards across our ranges.

You will experience our different brands and develop an in depth understanding of our different customer demographics; providing excellent commercial awareness whilst immersing yourself within all aspects of the product cycle and projects throughout your placement.


What you’ll be responsible for:

  • Conducting research on competitors, fit, function and technologies and provide high quality reports
  • Researching and developing technical innovations in line with departmental objectives
  • Working closely with Design, 2/3D digital fit and Buying teams to review and improve fabrications, finish, fit, style and end purpose for new products
  • Creating technical specifications and ensuring products are appropriate for size, fit and age
  • Managing and maintaining the Product Development critical path
  • Booking, measuring, and assessing approval samples in preparation for fitting & function testing
  • Attending Digital and manual fitting sessions with colleagues to analyse fit and function compiling comments / solutions
  • Creation of accurate and comprehensive sample comments
  • Identification of product testing and evaluation of test and compliance reports
  • Analysis of customer reviews and returns data to drive continuous improvements
  • Liaison with Warehouse, Partnerships and Customer Communications teams
  • Completion of projects focusing on Innovation & technology


What you’ll need to succeed:

We’re looking for proactive students with a genuine enthusiasm to innovate and develop fashion product within Apparel, Footwear & Home, an understanding of technical practices such as construction, fit, function and quality along with an interest in product testing, safety standards and business responsibility. You should be a confident user of Microsoft Office, particularly MS Excel, as you’ll develop research and analytical skills to drive forward product improvements.

Excellent communication and organisation and team work skills are essential as you’ll need to prioritise your workload throughout the placement. You’ll also need commercial awareness and a good understanding of our customers and leading competitors.

Important dates to remember and how to apply:

Applications will be open from Monday 17th Dec and will close on Friday 18th Jan. We will start to review applications week commencing 14th Jan so early applications will be preferred. 

If your application is successful then you will be invited to an assessment centre. Assessment centres will be running on Tuesday 12th Feb you will be notified of the outcome by the end of Feb/ early March.

If you meet the criteria above and you’re considering a career in product development, then we want to hear from you! To apply please upload your up-to-date CV, and your answers to the following questions (no more than 300 words please)

‘Why do you want the placement in Product Innovation and Digital Fit with N Brown?’

‘What skills and qualities will you bring to the team?’

Please note: you will only be able to upload one document on your application. Your answer to the question above should be included as the 1st page on your CV.

Employees in our business may have access to our customers’ personal data therefore for a number of our roles, offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory criminal record check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from obtaining a position with N Brown Group.


The closing date for this job has now passed.