September 30, 2012

Part two of our behind-the-scenes interviewing comes from the buying floor, the website, the creative team and has a little marketing thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

Lizze: Assistant Books and Stationery Buyer

What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting to see what is coming up in the publishing world months before anyone else – and lots of amazing books!

And the worst?
Being permanently surrounded by piles and piles of new product. My desk looks like it exploded!

What’s your top tip for people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I started as an intern three years ago, it’s been a tough ride to get to the position I am in now. You work exceptionally long hours and are under pressure to find new and exciting product to drive the business forward. It’s very high-stress job, but totally worthwhile. My advice would be to never give up. If your dream is to become a successful buyer you really have to put in the ground work. I love my job.

Phil: Website Manager

How did you get into web management?
It all started with my Commodore 64 and I haven’t managed to get away from computers since. After uni I moved to London and got a job as Content Co-ordinator for a family-run furniture company. I’ve been in the world of e-commerce ever since.

What’s the hardest thing about your job?
I turn into a bit of a Grinch around Christmas time. It’s our busiest time of year and I’ve always got one eye on the website.

What’s the nerdiest thing you’ve said today?
Not exactly work related but we had a fairly heated debate about an 80s film called Howard the Duck. Pretty nerdy if you ask me! (don’t watch it – it’s rubbish…)

Hayley: European Marketing Manager

How did you get started in your job?
To the disbelief of my careers teacher Mrs Curtis I announced that I wanted to work in ‘Fashion’ and was accepted onto the Fashion Marketing and Promotions at LCF. I interned everywhere and did placements in events agencies, then when I graduated I got my first job as Production Assistant for a high street brand and jumped at the chance to be Retail Marketing Assistant there. I was so hungry to learn sent on course to look after PPC and CRM and gained more and more experience until the role of Marketing Co-ordinator came up for Urban Outfitters five years ago and have worked my way up to Marketing Manager and now European Marketing Manager looking after our brand and partnerships.

What do you love about it?
I love the brand – it really is a brand that allows me to run campaigns that push the boundaries and develop ideas to engage our customers. Everyday feels different, one minute I’m organizing a store launch in Europe and the next I’m working on a product campaign for online. Got to admit I’ve always worn the clothes so the staff dizzy comes in a treat as I’m definitely an Urban girl!

What’s the hardest thing about it?
Keeping everyone happy is without doubt the most challenging part of my job – I look after Men’s, Women’s, Home and Brands and I have to make the right call at the right time as to what we feature and how we do it. When you’re in marketing it’s always the same, everyone has an opinion as your work is always on show.

What’s your top tip for aspiring marketeers?
I would encourage aspiring marketers to delve into digital marketing as it really is an area of growth at the moment. If it’s particularly fashion marketing that you’d love to get into it’s important that you keep your eye on what’s happening out there on the high street and in the luxury markets too.

England: Senior Digital Designer

How did you get started?
With paintbrushes first, then felt tips, now pixels!

What’s the best thing about your job?
When it’s someone’s birthday and there are lots of treats – savoury is best! Work-wise, though, it’s the freedom we have here to play around; to try new things and experiment.

And the hardest?
Carrying my bicycle up the stairs in the morning!

What’s your top tip for aspiring designers?
Push it, without being scared of making mistakes.

Delphine: Marketing Assistant for France

How did you get to where you are today?

I studied History of Art at uni in France. Then I moved to London and worked my way up from shop floor jobs to Head Office positions.

What’s the best thing about your job?
To work with so many creative people! And of course, to get paid to tweet.

And the worst?
Being on the website all day is slowly turning me into a shopping addict.

What’s your top tip for people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
It sounds cheesy but you should always dare to apply for jobs you think are too high for you. You never know, you might get lucky!

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