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Your Buying career starts here.

Buying is one of the fundamental and most exciting roles in the business! Buying at Next combines creativity, the ability to spot the latest trends and bring them to life for our customers all over the world.

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What’s Buying at Next?

Our Trainee Buyer role is one of the most highly regarded schemes in the industry! We will work with you and discover your passions to ensure you have the support and training from our in-house product learning and development team. The scheme is very popular, but the good news is we take up to 40 trainees every year.


You’ll start as a Trainee and immediately be placed on one of our Buying teams, there you’ll grow your skills on the job. We’ll give you all the training through our internal Buying and Merchandising Academy. A chance for you to learn away from your desk with other trainees and give you the best possible start! 


We’ll make sure you have support not only from the business but your teams too. You’ll have a personal training development programme that will help your grow and progress throughout the trainee scheme. As you progress, so do we.  This is down to the set-up we have in place the vast majority of our Trainees earn their first promotion well within the first 18 months. We value progression so much that 75% of our current Buyers started as Trainees!


We get the importance of working in a fun and creative space. We want you to feel happy and valued. That’s why we invest so much time, money and resources in our Head Office teams and campus. 

Your Progression Path

We invest a lot of time and resources into making sure our people feel valued, motivated and happy. So we’ve made our progression path as clear and easy as possible.


Trainee Buyer


Assistant Buyer




Buying Manager

Getting through the Application

You can start your application process today, right here on this website! After that, there are four stages to go through.


You’ll start off with online questions and a psychometric test. From there it’s the video interview, here you’ll record yourself answering some questions that we send to you. The next stage is an in-depth telephone conversation with one of our Buying Managers and finally the last step, an assessment centre at our Head Office campus. Here you’ll spend half a day showing us your skills, knowledge and personality.


The only thing left is to wait for us to get in touch and say congrats! The whole process can take between 3 and 6 months due to the high volume of applications we receive and we will keep you regularly updated on how you are progressing.

Your Next Home

Relocating can be daunting, but when you've got a house like The Next Home to move into and support from us every step of the way what's not to like! 


Located in the heart of the city is our 19 bedroom house. This is for our Trainee Buyers and Trainee Merchandisers to rent when they’re initially relocating to begin their life at Next.


The house gets rid of all those initial headaches and provides a modern, high-end, living space where you can get to know Leicester and make friends too. It’s purposely been designed to help our new Trainees feel right at Home. Forget everything you think you know about relocating for your first job! If you're thinking of becoming a Buyer or Merchandiser then our house on Upper New Walk is the ideal place to start.


All of the bedrooms are en-suite, fully furnished with lots of storage space, include the latest fibre optic wifi and a 42 inch TV.


Make this your Next Home…see the full video here: Watch the Your Next Home video.

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