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Product Development Placement Liverpool 2024

We’re an omni channel retail business, founded in the mid 1980’s in Liverpool and proud of our continued ability to offer our customers high quality products at great prices. With over 230 stores in the UK, a rapidly growing online presence and a diverse product range, working here is exciting, challenging, and above all fun!

We’re committed to supporting those at the start of their career in Fashion and our 12-month Product Development placement offers you the chance to be responsible for creating, selecting and overseeing the development of new and existing products.

With the benefits of a dedicated on boarding & training programme, it won’t be long before you’re involved in every step of the process and your opinion will really count – something that sets us apart from other placement opportunities.

The role

Each day is different, you’re continuously faced with new and exciting challenges, giving you the opportunity to develop and progress on your placement, and gaining knowledge to help in your future Buying career.

As a Product Development Placement Student, you’ll conduct research to identify market trends and customer needs.

You'll collaborate with cross-functional teams and manage the product development process from concept to sign-off, ensuring that product specifications meet quality, cost and time-to-market targets.

Working closely with key stakeholders to agree purchasing strategy, you'll monitor sales trends and analyse customer demand to make decisions that align with the company’s sales goals and customer preferences.


  • 25 days holiday
  • 20% discount
  • Access to our ‘Family Extras’ website
  • Dedicated training programme

About you

To find the best student for our Product Development team, we’d like you to have the following...

  • Currently a 2nd year student, ideally studying a Fashion related course that requires you to complete a 12 month placement. Start date – July 2024.
  • Retail work experience would be advantageous
  • Commercially focused and trend aware
  • Ability to work independently and manage own workload
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Self-motivated and committed to developing your skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office

Matalan value diversity and don’t discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

Matalan wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application and interview process and ultimately, in their role. We, therefore, encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this.

This is your opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.

If a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close before the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested.

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