Careers at Oasis
Situated in the vibrant Shoreditch, the London office is the drive behind the brand's creativity. Head Office offers opportunities in the following departments: Buying, Merchandising, Design led functions. Supporting these are shared services including Marketing, Finance, HR, Learning and Development and IT.
Detailed below is an overview of some of the main departments which are based at Head Office along with we have some commentary from people who work within these department. We hope this will give you a flavour of what goes on in Paul Street.
The journey of a garment starts in the hearts and minds of the Design teams. They produce a range that emulates their brand's values. Inspiration is drawn from many sources; from latest catwalk trends to global shopping trips and trade fairs.
“I thoroughly enjoy my job as it is so diverse and highly creative. I design five departments with the help of my design assistant. My day can involve designing product, working with the fabric team to select fabrics. Liaising with our In house pattern room to create the new shapes, meetings with my many buyers to plan the range and also working on trends and mood boards with the design team for our future looks coming into stores.
I also get to travel to exciting cities like New York, LA, Tokyo and HK for design inspiration but the best part of my job is when I see someone on the street wearing the clothes I have designed. That is really exciting! Nicola Rolston, Design Manager
The buying team have the overall responsibility of buying products that best reflect our brand. This means, buying the right product at the right time and at the right price, in order to offer that unique difference. The buying team works closely with the merchandising teams to create a balanced and commercial range for our customers.
"I did a placement year at Oasis whilst at university working in the accessories team; so as soon as I finished my degree I was eager to come back to Oasis as a Buying Coordinator. I now work on Tailoring, Outerwear and on the exciting new Occasionwear range, 'Belle.' The daily role as a BC is extremely varied so I do something different everyday, whether it's final approvals of stock for this season, approving colours, fabric and fitting garments for next season, and working with design to plan the range 2 or 3 seasons ahead!" Annabelle Tracey, BC Tailoring, Outerwear & Occasionwear
This department is ultimately responsible for commercially planning and trading the product to maximise profit and limit risk. The merchandising team work closely with buying offering analysis on sales performance and guidance on buying quantities.
“My job is to maximise the department’s profitability by managing sales, stock and margin. I am also responsible for planning future seasons based on analysis of current and past trading performance. Jersey is a fast paced department and in Merchandising there are new challenges every day. I manage an AM and MAA, I work closely with the Buying team but also work with Design, Marketing and Retail”. Natalie Wood, Merchandiser on Jersey
Planning and Logistics
The Planning and logistics team support buying, merchandising and retail operations in analysis planning, forecasting of stock and sales and business trading information. The team ensures that our brand potentialise on areas of sales opportunity and minimise on areas at risk. For instance, where something sells a little slower than we anticipated, its price may be reduced to encourage sales.
“The main focus of my day is on ensuring that our stock is allocated to the correct stores, taking into account factors such as capacity and current trends. Considering there are currently about 333 UK and 75 International stores this presents a high level of opportunity. In particular it enables you to develop a strong commercial and brand awareness, working with colleagues to react quickly to changes in the wider marketplace. Personally it is the need to work across many departments that I most enjoy, interacting with Merchandisers and Buyers to add real business value and build strong relationships. As a result no two days in the office are ever the same, providing a variety of work that makes the role both challenging and rewarding” Rachel Turner, Senior Allocator on Planning & Logistics
We currently have over 95 Stores in 18 Countries and the International Oasis presence is set to continue growing. With a dedicated Buying, Retail and Merchandising team the team deliver the Oasis brand and product to a global audience. The International team plan stock and sales to cater to individual needs and work closely with the Franchise Partners and the UK teams to drive sales and profit.
“It is an exciting time to be on the International team as it is an area of the business where there is rapid growth and expansion.
As an Assistant Merchandiser you are able to gain knowledge of various markets across the world, their differing customer profiles and market requirements. Great satisfaction comes from building up good relationships with our various partners, working alongside them to build the appropriate stock packages, open stores, react to trade and make Oasis a successful global brand” Lisa Smith, Assistant Merchandiser on International.
Learning and Development at Head Office
One of our key people values is 'Opportunities for all', we actively encourage internal growth and development:
Training at Oasis Head Office will include some of the following:
- On the job training enabling you to understand your role in the team and the business
- Clear competency frameworks to aid you in getting to the next level/role
- One to one coaching and support
- Group training workshops/courses aimed at developing specific skills such as leadership, delegation and time management
- Learning library
- Learning Calendar
Even though training is provided and we have a wide variety of courses on offer, we believe firmly that individuals must work on their own personal development with the coaching and support of their line manager.
How to apply for a position at Oasis Head Office
If you like what you are hearing so far and believe that you have what it takes to be an Ambassador of the brand, please see information below on how to apply.
There are two main ways to apply.
Firstly if you feel that you have the necessary skills, passion and talent for a role within Head Office then please click on to the link below to see our current vacancies and apply through Retail Choice.
Alternatively please send a copy of your CV to Oasis HR Department, Head Office Recruitment, 1st floor, 69-77 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4PN.
You must have the legal right to live and work in the UK, you will be asked to provide the relevant proof of eligibility during the recruitment process.
Also we regret that due to the high volume of applications which are received, only candidates who are successful will be contacted.
Thank you for your time in visiting this section and we wish you the best of luck in your application with Oasis.