Job details

Kickstart Scheme: Samples Assistant

Job reference: 003984

Closing date: 18/06/2021

Salary: £4.62 to £8.91 per hour + benefits

Department: Brand and Creative

Hours per week: 25

This role is part of the UK government’s Kickstart scheme initiative. 

Are you aged between 16 to 24, unemployed and currently claiming Universal Credit? If you have answered "yes" to these questions, then this could be perfect role for you! Please speak to your Job Centre Work Coach before applying to this role as without their referral, unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply. Click on this link to find out more about the Kickstart Scheme: Want a Kickstart? - Job help ( 

Who are we?

We're a top 10 UK clothing, footwear and homeware digital retailer based in Northern Quarter, in Manchester's city centre. Our retail brands are JD Williams, Simply Be, Jacamo, Ambrose Wilson and Home Essentials and we own 10 brands in total. We champion inclusivity by making our customers look and feel amazing. We don’t believe that age, size, shape or background should stop anyone from feeling confident, stylish and happy with the way they look and feel. With our industry leading expertise in creating fashion that fits, we’ve been proudly breaking down these barriers for over 150 years. We help our customers to express themselves with stylish products, helpful services and flexible finance. Now, we’re moving forward together, embracing innovation and new technology, to continue to delight our customers.

The Role and responsibilities

We are looking for two people to join our Creative Production team as Samples Assistants within our Brand and Creative department and they will be at the very heart of the team! They will be based at our headquarters in the Northern Quarter. This role involves managing the photographic samples of our clothing and homeware through still and model photography within our Sample Centre. Responsibilities include:

  • Gathering samples that will be used for model and creative stills shoots and look after the storage of all samples in a neat and tidy manner.
  • Working closely with our Internal Production and Creative teams and create reports to share with both teams. 
  • Posting photographic samples for digital and non-digital project to our external photographic stills studio. This includes tracking the deliveries to ensure the deadlines are met, responding to questions related to the post and communicating with the Product department.
  • Supporting the team with administrative and post duties whilst learning the ins and outs of working within the Creative Production team.

What will you get?

  • You'll develop your technical skills by using our samples related systems and Microsoft Office software.
  • You'll develop many skills: creativity, attention to detail, organisation, teamwork and relationship-building to name a few!

As well as this, you will have:

  • Regular meetings with your Manager.
  • Regular feedback on your work from colleagues so you can learn and adapt.
  • A buddy to support you when you join and throughout your time with us.
  • Informal catch-ups with the HR Emerging Talent Lead.
  • Training and development support from us and from the Prince's Trust, youth employability experts, to build your skills for the working world and your future!

What are we looking for?

Do you have an interest in fashion, retail and would you like to play an important role in ensuring our Products are seen by our customers? Do you like to think of yourself as open-minded and organised that likes looking into the detail of things? If so, then this could be the role for you. 

  • We’d love someone with a “can-do”, positive attitude that likes to work in a team and build relationships with others. 
  • We're looking for someone who has great communication skills that can work to tight deadlines with the support of the team.
  • For experience and qualifications, we’re looking for someone who has a working understanding of Microsoft Office, in particular Microsoft Excel.
  • It would be desirable to have knowledge of Smartsheets, but it is not at all essential.

How to apply...

Please speak to your Job Centre Work Coach before applying to this role as without their referral, unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply. Click on "Apply now" to create your profile and answer a few questions in order to apply today!

Please do not apply for this role unless you have been referred by your Work Coach.