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Global careers: Why the fashion industry is taking an international approach to working overseas

Welcome to Drapers’ first-ever Global Careers supplement.

With the UK fashion market beset with economic challenges, international expansion has become a key strategic theme for the industry and scores of businesses are now eyeing foreign markets for growth opportunities.

But every business is only as good as the people behind it and, on the international stage, where competition is fierce, it’s never been more important to get the right team in place. To become globally competitive, fashion businesses are adopting an international approach to recruitment, restructuring teams and hiring candidates with relevant market specific skills.

For the UK’s fashion professionals, the world is their oyster. With home-grown retailers setting up shop on foreign shores and overseas firms expanding internationally, there are numerous opportunities for experienced UK candidates.

We look at how to swap the UK for a place in the sun, we speak to three people who have taken the plunge, and ask Andy Rubin, Pentland Brands’ chief executive, what being a global player means from an employer’s perspective. We also ask a panel of recruitment consultants for the inside track on where your skills will be most in demand.

We find out from JoJo Maman Bébé head of international trade Mark Jeynes on how the maternitywear retailer is getting ready for global expansion, and CTPartners’ Sarah Lim gives us the lowdown on what global headhunters are looking for in candidates at executive and board level.

International retail is opening up a world of opportunities for UK fashion businesses, but success will be determined by those that adapt to the markets they seek to serve and secure the best talent with the right skills to help them do it. 

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