“If you could pick one retailer to work for, who would it be?” The most important question posed by 2016’s Retail Employer of the Year award.
The Warehouse has taken out a well-deserved fifth successive victory as Retail Employer of the Year in the large employer category. Unlike many other competitions where a panel would determine the winner, this award relied on voting from past and present employees, as well as customers and the local community to crown the winner. Who best to judge what makes a great employer than the team members and customers.
We had a chat with Jessica (Menswear Buyer), Louise (Menswear Buying Support Specialist) and Nikita (Graphic Designer) to discuss their collaboration and involvement in creating the ‘Back Country’ clothing range.
The Warehouse ‘Back Country’ clothing range is designed in-house. This gives Nikita more control over the design process and the Buyers more control over what is created and distributed in store.
Are you an AUT student nearing graduation? Are you looking for a Cooperative Education role that is challenging, rewarding and exciting? Then consider an internship at The Warehouse Group! We pride ourselves on being a customer-led, frontline-focused and people-centred business.
The Warehouse Group is committed to changing the perception of Retail as a career and making it a desirable and rewarding career choice for New Zealanders. In 2014, The Warehouse Group partnered with Massey University to develop and launch The Bachelor of Retail and Business Management, New Zealand’s first degree focused exclusively on the retail sector. The degree was created in response to the increasing demand in New Zealand for skilled individuals in retail and business management. The course consists of retail-focused papers, covering a broad range of areas including retail buying and planning, merchandising, strategy and business planning and retail operations, both in a store and online context.
My Co-Op story began in 2014, back when I was completing my final semester at AUT. I was searching Career Hub, (like 300 other students that semester!) because we were required to find a Co-Op placement where we could apply all of the theory that we’d been spending the last 3 years learning over a 9 week work experience placement.
As I looked through the pages of job ads I came across a familiar red logo that I was used to seeing as a shopper on a desperate mission to get something! I was looking to apply my marketing theory at a company that I could identify with and after seeing the striking red logo I thought…
Andy Fifita saw the opportunity to turn his job at The Warehouse into a career, and he took it!
At the age of 15 Andy started with The Warehouse working part-time not knowing that Retail could be a career. As he worked more, he discovered a lot about who The Warehouse was and the retail career they could offer him. He hadn’t even turned 18 before he was working within management – since then he has worked within 6 different stores, opened up 4 new stores and has now taken on a position at support office working within Merchandising.”
As a Recruitment Specialist my job is to find talented people who are passionate about what we do at The Warehouse. Part of my role is recruiting for our Store Management Development Programme (SMDP) I help create and promote the content that tells you what the programme is about, which in turn is about helping you decide if the career path we can offer is the right fit for you.
A lot of people say that landing a foot in your dream career is not about what you know but who you know. As a recent communications graduate, with very few connections, little real world experience, and a large student loan, you can imagine how little this comforted me!
After graduating I applied for jobs and internships almost everywhere, only to receive a lot of disappointing responses. Little did I know at the time, The Warehouse, my current employer, could offer me the chance to further my career in communications.