THE GRADUATE SCHEME
The NET-A-PORTER Group’s purpose is to Make the World a More Stylish Place, through entrepreneurship, innovation, creative thinking, pioneering technology and challenging the norm. Currently employing more than 2,500 of the most talented people worldwide, in offices based in London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai, with strategic distribution centers in the UK, USA and Asia, the Group includes NET-A-PORTER, the women’s premier online luxury fashion retailer; THE OUTNET, the most fashionable fashion outlet; and MR PORTER, the online retail destination for men’s style. It provides global services, logistics, translation, publishing and technology expertise across the three channels. Natalie Massenet and Mark Sebba are respectively Founder & Executive Chairman and CEO of The NET-A-PORTER Group Ltd, which became part of Richemont International in 2010.
Innovation and technology are at the core of our success. Our 300-strong IT team is comprised of world-class technologists who build and maintain our fast, responsive and reliable websites and bespoke in-house systems. This approach provides the business with a strong competitive advantage, setting it at the forefront of technological developments in the e-commerce world.
Having been awarded a place on The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list for four consecutive years, we can offer you unrivaled career prospects.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
We are looking for high-caliber individuals who are passionate about technology. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are a must, as well as strong analytical skills and great attention to detail.
We have two 18-month rotational technology programs at The NET-A-PORTER Group:
Business Change helps to shape ideas and turn strategic priorities into reality by understanding requirements and providing viable solutions through smart listening, problem solving and facilitation. This placement will enable you to experience working in three teams within Business Change: Business Analysis (BA), Strategic Program Management (SPM) and Technical Project Management (TPM).
The Closing date for applications is 31 January 2014
WHAT WE OFFER
- A competitive salary
- Career progression and development
- A structured appraisal process
- Generous holiday allowance
- A generous staff discount
- Private healthcare
- Season-ticket loan
- Pension scheme
- Cycle-to-work scheme
- Monthly office drinks
WHAT OUR GRADUATES SAY
Name: Thomas Lillington
When you join NET-A-PORTER, you immediately feel welcome and part of the team. In my time here, I’ve come into contact with almost everyone in the tech team and a fair few people in the wider business. Everyone is approachable and ready to help out; you’d find it difficult to be a hermit here. Innovation is a huge part of the company culture: you are expected to think of new solutions and ideas all the time, not just copy others. There are regular Hack Days where we split into small teams to build something new and exciting. But it’s not all work. There are all sorts of social clubs, from the choir to the football team, as well as regular events, and drinks in the pub on Fridays.
Name: Matthew Green
One of the best features of the graduate scheme is that you rotate through different roles within IT, from software testing to development. You even get to choose your roles and teams for the last two rotations, whether it be returning to one of the core rotations for more experience, or trying something different such as business analysis. If you’re not sure what position you want to go into permanently, you’ll have a great opportunity to try as many as possible before making a decision. You’ll end up with a much broader knowledge of the IT systems than some of our senior developers! The structure of the graduate scheme puts you in the best position possible to pursue any career in IT.
Name: Emma Howson
NET-A-PORTER was a clear first choice for me because it offered everything I was looking for in a graduate job: a friendly yet hardworking atmosphere; the chance to try out different roles before making a permanent decision; the vast range of technologies to learn; and also the fact that the company is always one of the first to embrace new technologies and push boundaries. An added bonus for me is that I’ve always had an interest in fashion, although this is by no means a requirement to join. I love getting an insight into this part of NET-A-PORTER, and also seeing the designer clothes around the office. I’ve had a fantastic time on the graduate scheme and I look forward to continuing with the company once the scheme has finished.
Name: Jerry Wilson
I received a warm welcome and worked well with my first team – so much so that after three months I did not want to move and I asked to stay where I was. Now, having moved between a few different teams, I can honestly say that change is a must. You gain a more holistic image of how the business works, and learn different methods to solve similar issues. I have always picked up a new trick to an old problem when I changed teams, and also shared things I learned along the way. Every team has its strengths and weaknesses, and the variation is what makes the IT graduate scheme at NET-A-PORTER so valuable.