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What advice do you have to get into an Ecommerce position?

I am a Merchandiser in a department store. I understand that a good career route will be to get into an Ecom Merchandising role but finding it frustrating to do so – many agencies are saying it is tough for me to do. How feasible is this and what advice do you have to get into an Ecommerce position?

Alice Czyz

Making the transition from core to ecommerce merchandising can vary depending upon the size and type of the business. Larger organisations within retail have extensive ecommerce teams that have a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of ecommerce, at merchandiser level. Smaller companies tend to be more lenient with the background of the candidate that they bring on board – it tends to be more important to find the right cultural fit and personality to fit within the tight knit team. Coming from a department store, which will have an ecommerce team – it’s advisable to spend some time with the team there, find out the structure of how they are set up, attend seminars and training sessions that they offer to give you a better outlook on how the industry works. Make your voice heard to the person who is responsible for running ecommerce and show them you have an interest. If there is the opportunity to move internally in your current organisation to an ecommerce position this would be the best advice as it will open a door for you and once you’ve got the experience under your belt it will be much easier for you to move into external positions from there onwards.

Our consultants are specialists within their designated areas of retail and ecommerce in particular is an area that is experiencing massive growth. There is a wealth of opportunity at the moment but experience is essential and our consultants can advise you on a case by case scenario on what the best move for you is. Michael Page can help you to look for positions across the UK and internationally and we deal with clients that are open to a variety of different levels of ecommerce experience.

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