Job details

Design Industrial Placement (12 months)

Job reference: 004423

Closing date: 18/11/2021

Salary: £16500

Department: Design, Technical and QA

Hours per week: 36.17

Who are we?

Here at N Brown, we champion inclusivity by making our customers look and feel amazing. We’re a top ten UK clothing and footwear digital retailer, with a home proposition, serving customers across our five strategic brands: JD Williams, Simply Be, Ambrose Wilson, Jacamo and Home Essentials. 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 160 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:

We are looking for a placement student to join our Design team for a 12-month period from September 2022.

The Design role involves creating exciting, commercial, fashion-relevant collections which our customers will love. Our Design team is collectively responsible for the design & development of women’s, men’s and homeware collections. This involves analysing, identifying and interpreting the latest catwalk and lifestyle trends, creating seasonal colour palettes, through to designing and developing the clothing ranges. Our Designers work closely with the Buying and QA teams to ensure all new designs work at both departmental level and as a coordinated collection. You will be given a role with responsibilities that will add to the success of the business and you will become an integral part of the team whilst building your work experience in a commercial fashion head office environment. You’ll also develop crucial industry relationships along the way which may help your employment prospects after you’ve graduated from university!

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting delivering key trends, colour and print direction by providing co-ordination and administration of design materials, imagery, samples and tracking of activity.
  • Helping to ensure that the right level of newness is achieved to create exciting ranges and identify new, developing trends.
  • Supporting the team on technical drawing and spec sheets.
  • Working with the team to re-colour and re-work existing designs.
  • Supporting in creating new designs in line with competitors and future trends.
  • Preparation, analysis and presentation of research on specific products; providing competitor assessments and shopping reports.
  • Creation of and system management of design information.
  • Attending and contributing to the regular departmental creative meetings and providing updates on work activities.​​​​​​​

Working here you’ll explore everything the world of digital retail has to offer — asking questions, trying new things and chasing new opportunities. Combine this curiosity with the freedom to make your own decisions, take charge of projects and work flexibly, and you’ve got the perfect place to show your skills and learn new ones. It’s fast and furious here at times, but this just means something new and exciting is always on the way. So, if you collaborate, think on your feet, embrace innovation and love rising to a challenge, your work with us will have a serious impact on the business, your career and our customers’ lives. We are proud to be N Brown.

What we’re looking for:

We’re looking for an aspiring Designer on a related degree course with excellent womenswear or menswear knowledge. Ideally, you’ll also have some knowledge of design systems, CAD, Photoshop and Illustrator and an interest in print and pattern. Some knowledge of repeats and printing techniques would be an advantage. You’ll be innovative, flexible, creative and forward thinking with excellent time management and an organised and planned approach to your work. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential, along with the ability to build effective and professional relationships with your Design colleagues as well as the wider Product team.

How to apply:

To apply please submit your current CV on our N Brown careers website. Please also email a maximum of 5 examples from your portfolio to with your name in the subject line of the email.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday 18th November. If your application is successful, then you will be invited to an interview with our Design team mid-November to early December. Following this you will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks.

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.


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