The retail industry is a highly-competitive environment, so it's important for retailers to stay ahead of the competition. Getting familiar with retail technology is in the best interest of everyone within the industry. As a result, retail technology jobs are in strong demand with many companies developing their manufacturing and quality control processes to aid the success of retail outlets.
What do retail sector technology jobs involve?
Retail sector technology jobs help retailers stay competitive in a number of fields, including product development, research, queries including complaints, materials sourcing and advising commercial colleagues on the technical aspects of the business.
From ensuring products are profitable to forging relationships with suppliers and customers to push the business forward, retail technology jobs offer lots of variety. For example, clothing and textile retail technology jobs involve a range of technical, investigative and quality control work, ensuring that all clothing and textiles perform to specifications. Retail technology jobs also entail product development work, production efficiency and quality managementand, and communication with liaisons involved in the production process.
Travel within a working day can be frequent in retail sector technology jobs. And as many manufacturing processes take place overseas, travel abroad is also likely. Southern Europe and the Far East are typical destinations.
Often retail technology jobs will be time-critical, resolving issues quickly and producing sample products to stay ahead of the competition.
The current climate
Retail sector technology jobs are driving the industry forward in the current climate. As shoppers become more environmentally-aware, retail technology jobs play a key role in aiding retailers' green initiatives, for example, by selecting sustainably-sourced products for manufacturers.
The biggest retail technology job prospects are in the UK with many technology jobs in London.
What will employers look for?
Retail technology jobs tend to favour proven experience and ability over education and qualifications, however knowledge of chemical and physical sciences is currently in demand.
Typically employers will be looking for candidates with experience of their particular retail sector, but more importantly, a high level of technical knowledge and practical skills. By attending retail trade shows and reading retail technology magazines, you'll get a good commercial awareness of what's new in the industry.
Many employers will look for candidates with strong communication and problem-solving skills. The ability to work in a team and understand the sector you work in is also crucial to the job. Analytical skills are a must.
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