Menswear merchandiser, Matalan, aged 27
Heather Philip knew what she wanted to do from the age of 16. “I started working as a retail Christmas temp and from that moment I knew I was destined for a retail career,” she says. After completing her BA in Accountancy, Philip bagged her first head office role at the age of 20, working as an allocator for Internaçionale in Glasgow.
Within a year, she was promoted to assistant merchandiser, and a position as assistant merchandiser for Matalan in Liverpool soon followed. “This move was my biggest challenge as a new role and new city but eager to learn, I quickly adapted and moved forward. After two years I was given the opportunity to run my own department and was promoted to merchandiser. It helped confirm that the hard work will pay off and that if you really prove yourself you will be successful.”
Philip has impressed Victoria Leitch, menswear merchandise controller at Matalan, with her “can-do” attitude. “Heather has natural drive and ambition that means she stands out in a group. She has the ability to clearly communicate to all levels of the business and is respected by everyone that comes into contact with her. Heather’s creative problem solving and understanding of the customer has driven her team and a great sales performance.”
Philip has a sensible, but driven, head on her young shoulders. “Don’t get demotivated by others,” Philip advises. “It’s easy to compare yourself to how fast others are moving and what other people are doing but if you focus on what you are doing and set yourself goals it’ll show in your results.”