The retail sector is an important part of the UK economy and an ever-growing sector, valued at more than £300 billion, and with an estimated 214,000 new jobs predicted by 2017.

The recent recessionary climate has affected a number of retailers in the UK and we have seen many fall by the wayside over the last few years including Woolworths, Threshers, Comet, and many others. However, there are many retailers thriving including online retailers, some supermarket chains and value discount stores etc.

Skills in demand

High-calibre candidates who have excelled within their specialist area or industry are always sought after, but there are specific areas of demand including:

  • E-commerce professionals across all sectors
  • Merchandisers across all sectors
  • Experienced buyers with specialised product or sourcing knowledge
  • Candidates willing to relocate UK-wide

MVP recruit for a wide range of clients within the retail sector, from SME’s to well known high street retailers and large supermarket chains.

Zoe Houghton has headed up the retail recruiting division since 2005 and has experience in recruitment at all levels, from graduate / support through to Director. Her expertise covers recruitment within all sub sectors of supply chain including procurement, merchandising, warehousing and logistics.

If you are a candidate or client looking for advice and wish to speak to a specialist within the retail supply chain sector, please do not hesitate to contact Zoe on 01905 773370 or


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