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Alan Wragg

Alan Wragg
Category Technical Director for Tesco

Alison Horner

Alison Horner
Chief People Officer

Amanda Sankey

Amanda Sankey
Product Development Manager

Andrew Boyle

Andrew Boyle
Development Project Manager

Andrew Yaxley

Andrew Yaxley
CEO Ireland

Angela Porter

Angela Porter
Head of Brand Advertising

Anuradha Chandra

Anuradha Chandra
Programme Specialist, UNICEF UK

Barbara Young

Barbara Young
Chief Executive, Diabetes UK

Beatrice Forrester

Beatrice Forrester
Trainee Buyer

Benny Higgins

Benny Higgins
CEO Tesco Bank and Group Strategy Director

Carmel McConnell

Carmel McConnell
Magic Breakfast Founder

Chris Monticolombi and Taiwo Omisore

Chris Monticolombi and Taiwo Omisore
Members of our Young People’s Panel

Dan Jago

Dan Jago
Group Wine Director

Georg Fischer

Georg Fischer
CEO Tesco Malaysia

Hannah Cornick

Hannah Cornick
Head of Opportunities for Young People

Helen Dwyer

Helen Dwyer
Buying Manager

James Stephen

James Stephen
Aberdeenshire TSDG dairy farmer and Committee Chairman

Jill Easterbrook

Jill Easterbrook
Group Business Transformation Director

John Christie

John Christie
CEO Tesco Lotus

Judith Nelson

Judith Nelson
UK Personnel Director

Karen Tonks

Karen Tonks
Tesco Company Nutritionist

Kelcey Hwang

Kelcey Hwang
Team Leader - Corporate Social Responsibility Team of Tesco Homeplus

Kevin Doherty OBE

Kevin Doherty OBE
Project Director Group Processes

Laura Carter

Laura Carter
Service Manager, Manchester Metro

Laura Jewell

Laura Jewell
Product Development Manager

Linda Cregan

Linda Cregan
CEO, Children’s Food Trust

Lindsay Boswell

Lindsay Boswell
CEO FareShare

Luke Hickton

Luke Hickton
Innovation Team

Mark Little

Mark Little
Head of Food Waste Reduction

Martina Milburn CBE

Martina Milburn CBE
CEO of The Prince’s Trust

Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon
Defence Secretary

Mike Baess

Mike Baess
Tesco Food Writer

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara
Chief Information Officer

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister

Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Head of Design

Paul Morris

Paul Morris
Customer Communications Director, UK Marketing

Paul Ritchie

Paul Ritchie
CEO Tesco China

Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson
Head of Technology Research at Tesco Labs

Pornpen Nartpiriyarat

Pornpen Nartpiriyarat
Head of Trading Law and Technical, Tesco Lotus

Rachel Bushby

Rachel Bushby
Early Careers Programme Manager

Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc
Chef

Rebecca Shelley

Rebecca Shelley
Group Communications Director

Robert Folly

Robert Folly
Store Manager

Robin Terrell

Robin Terrell
Chief Customer Officer

Sarah Mackie

Sarah Mackie
Head of Local Sourcing

Simon Hay

Simon Hay
Chief Executive - dunnhumby

Tom Hind

Tom Hind
Group Agriculture Director

Tracey Clements

Tracey Clements
Community & Customer Experience Director

Trevor Masters

Trevor Masters
CEO International

7 June 2013

Inside F&F

By Beatrice Forrester

Beatrice Forrester

I suppose you could say I am still a bit of a newbie at Tesco; having been in the company just short of a year and on the graduate scheme since January. I initially joined the company on the first F&F clothing internship back in July 2012.

There is something to be said for ‘throwing you in at the deep end,’ at a company as large as Tesco. If I’m totally frank, my lack of ‘understanding’ about the business, and those senior figures at F&F was what made the internship and indeed the entire six week project a success – we were given total free rein and encouraged to network through the business; use resources to find the best people possible to help us approach the project, and ultimately show those involved in the internship what we could really do!

So why work at F&F? Supermarket clothing is sometimes perceived as unfashionable and basic but is it…Really?  In the case of F&F the reality couldn’t be more different, with a six page spread in Grazia magazine, F&F’s very own catwalk event held at London’s iconic fashion landmark - Somerset House, and the latest Spring/Summer Swimwear ad campaign voted ‘campaign of the week’ by Retail Week, surprising the nation with its H&M-like appearance, I think the question really is; why wouldn’t you want to work for F&F?

I’ve now worked at Tesco for ten months, currently as a trainee buyer on kids’ accessories and we’re all working on some beautiful products for Autumn Winter 13. We’re also secretly bursting with inspiration and excitement, about the prospect of working on Spring Summer 14 and the fantastic opportunities out there for F&F to grasp hold of.  What I love most about working for F&F at Tesco is how enthusiastic everyone is about clothes, shoes and all things fashion – I enjoy coming into work each morning and seeing all the wonderful things everybody wears; from the simple and stylish, to the print ‘mix and matcher’s’ there is never a dull moment with the clothes of the F&F teams, that’s for sure!

Bea at work

(My typical office wear)

Trends for AW13 and SS14 are set to follow in the footsteps of the past two hugely successful seasons at F&F.  Particularly for kids footwear and accessories, our trends are one to watch; a pop of neon and a flash of fur and generally taking a very large step away from that ‘supermarket stereotype’ it’s true to say that our collections this year really are at their best!

Friends of mine will often quiz me, “so what do you actually do?” honestly, I don’t blame them.  Buying is often thought of as being overly glamorous – shiny hallways and glass front rooms, neat rails of product tucked away, and a press room of every girls dream!  Day-to-day tasks involving catwalk shows, flying all over the world and meeting and greeting… you know ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ type thing!  The reality of a trainee buyer is, well, a little different from this idealised career.  Not to dampen the tone, but does anyone really have that role?  A typical day as a trainee buyer involves contacting suppliers, attending fit sessions, and reviewing ‘lab dip’ approvals to ensure pantone colours of a product are as we expect.  Not to mention working closely with the merchandisers which is a key part of the role – together we ensure we are selecting the right product at the right time and price to remain competitive in the market.  I wouldn’t want to shatter any aspiring young buyers’ dreams, but in terms of those ‘shiny floors’, at F&F the office is often lined with samples and my desk 90% of the time is peppered with samples to be returned to their home in the cupboard.  But that’s what it’s all about really – working with your product, it’s being surrounded by that product that makes things so much more exciting!

Bea's desk

(My desk with lots of colour tests) 

 

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