JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 212
Join Uniqlo and be part of a company that is
striving to be the number-one retailer in the world
niqlo is a fast-moving company.
Starting with one store in Japan
in 1984, the company opened
its first international operation
in the UK in 2001. There are now 11 UK
stores, 46 across Europe and around 2,000
worldwide. The company's online business
began in 2007 and now attract millions of
customers a year. Uniqlo is famous for its
high-quality product at affordable prices,
creating high-performance clothing such
as heattech (ultra-thermal), blocktech
(waterproof) and ultra light down jackets.
Uniqlo's staff aren't ones to stand still
either. The company's unique career path
means you can be promoted from customer
adviser to senior customer adviser in just
three months, and from there to supervisor
in another three. You can be ready for
assistant manager six months later.
Stay on target
Each step is part of a training plan, which
includes monthly assessments. You'll have
the support of the in-house training team,
which provides full-day classroom training
for people at every level of the business.
This year, Uniqlo is launching a level 3
team leader/ILM diploma, in partnership
with training provider Fareport. This
line-management training course is for
anyone in a supervisor position or above.
The company also hopes to launch a level 3
business administration apprenticeship.
As well as continuing support and
commitment from in-house training team
and fast-track promotion opportunities,
Uniqlo employees also enjoy a range
of benefits. These include a 30% store
discount and a customer adviser of the
month reward of £100.
Values for all
Uniqlo prides itself on being culturally
diverse and has around 60 nationalities
working in the UK alone. The company
looks for people who share its values:
* Zenin Keiei ("business owner mindset") Everyone at every level should
think how Uniqlo can improve.
* Koten Keiei ("establishing roots in the
local area") All stores and offices are
encouraged to be involved locally.
* Sustainability Uniqlo places a high
priority on environmentally responsible
production processes and safe materials.
"It's a unique opportunity"
Sherin, retail management graduate
run stores in 12 months.
What interested you
about the scheme? It
wasn't the scheme so
much as Uniqlo itself. I
was intrigued by its
culture and was excited
at being able to work in
different European cities.
What have you enjoyed
about the programme? I
found it really interesting
learning all the manual
tasks that are needed to
run a store, including
service, deliveries and
What would you say to
anyone thinking about
applying to the scheme?
Whether you think you're
interested in retail or not,
it's a unique opportunity
to learn how to run a
business while growing
as a person!