Buying Assistant – L3 Business Administration Apprentice LA Redoute (UK) Ltd (BD1 4AH)

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A fantastic opportunity to work for La Redoute who came to the UK in 1995 and is one of the first UK retailers to offer French fashion to the UK customer. You will provide vital admin support to the UK Buying team to create a single and cohesive customer offer for our large UK customer base.


What will the apprentice be doing?

The Buying Assistant role is part of the Marketing team, the liveliest in the business, as you would expect! The Marketing team are responsible for planning, delivering, and analysing the trading performance of the business, which in basic terms means getting sales and new customers every day.

It’s a varied role which covers a lot of ground.

  • Buying: Here in the UK we analyse the gaps in the product range sourced by our French buying team some of which does not adhere to UK safety regulations, does not appeal to a UK customer or where the UK simply has demand for a different trend. Creating new ranges, preparing and publishing to make them available to browse and buy involves working with teams around the business which includes Product Management, the wider marketing team


  • Finance and IT. We have new opportunities every week but the buyers work hard to review, analyse and challenge suppliers to maximise the profitability of opportunities with the support of the buying assistants to make informed decisions based on what the web data and financials tell us. An important aspect of the role involves working with our Product Management team


  • This team is responsible for setting up, checking and putting all products on site for the whole business. We work closely with this team supporting them on product set up, ensuring we provide a high quality of information and imagery from our suppliers that is consistent with the high quality that La Redoute is known for. Whilst the majority of the role is computer-based admin, this can vary from spreadsheets in Excel to learning and using many bespoke systems. There is the opportunity to get up close and personal with the products, liaise with suppliers and gain commercial knowledge from the buyers. Attention to detail, resilience and a can-do attitude is imperative. We have fun, work hard & love what we do!

About the Employer

La Redoute came to the UK in 1995 and is fondly remembered as one of the first UK retailers to offer French fashion to the UK customer. It started life as a catalogue, transforming into an online retailer in the last 5 years. The UK team consists of c. 100 people who work across a variety of teams including Brand, Marketing, Product, Buying, Analytics, Financial Services, Operations, IT, Accounts, Customer Service and Support. We are based at the UK office in Bradford where we run the business. We work closely with colleagues at Head Office in France and we are in regular dialogue with colleagues in various countries and time zones, which can make for interesting conversations.

Training to be Delivered

L3 Business Administration Standard Apprenticeship.

Duration:   18 months.

Delivery:    Blended learning, mix between college attendance and delivery in the workplace.

Leeds City College will support and coach the apprentice through the apprenticeship standard.We will carry out both curriculum and pastoral care. We will carry out the skills development workshop days off site. They will oversee the teaching and learning around the knowledge, behaviours, and skills elements of the standard, outlined below. We will manage the apprentice’s OneFile account ensuring targets, milestones and deadlines are achieved.

Units of study:

  • Decision making
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Quality assurance
  • Planning and organisation
  • Project management
  • Managing performance
  • Regulations and laws
  • IT and presentations
  • Record and document production
  • Stakeholders

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Location


Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

Employer Name

LA Redoute (UK) Ltd

Employer Address

Holdsworth Street

Expected Duration

18 Months

Working Week

8am - 4pm Monday - Thursday, 8am - 2.45pm Fridays

Weekly Hours


Wage Amount

£9,100.00 Yearly

What You Need

Desired Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential

Desired Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer care skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Administrative skills

Future Prospects

Possible full-time position on completion of apprenticeship to the right candidate.

Date Posted


Leeds City College