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30 under 30: Tara Hill

M& commercial trading manager (womenswear), Marks & Spencer, aged 23

Tara Hill

Tara Hill

Ask Tara Hill if you should apply for a place on a retailer’s graduate scheme and her answer will be a resounding ‘yes’. “If you are at the start of your career I cannot emphasise enough the value of a graduate scheme. The application scheme may seem daunting and time consuming but it is absolutely worth it.”

She took a place on the M&S ecommerce graduate scheme in 2012 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a first class BSc honours in Fashion and Textile Retailing. She worked across different functions, focusing on the customer search and navigation journey ahead of M&’s relaunch this spring. She has worked alongside many of M&S’s key stakeholders and was asked to present her work to chief executive Marc Bolland.

When the 12-month placement ended in September 2013 she moved to a permanent role as a commercial manager in the trading team of M& Her role involves managing the womenswear customer journey and working with the buying and merchandising functions.

Head of UK trading at M& Mark Wright says: “Tara throws herself into new challenges, is always positive in her approach and is a natural leader. During her graduate year, she worked across a number of functions requiring different skills and made the most of each one adapting her style, showing her determination to add value.”

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