Re:So Visual Merchandisers – Work Based Learning

Expiring today

Unpaid Opportunity
12 Nov 2018
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Voluntary, Unpaid

Re:So is a student supplied and student managed retail space in the centre of the city. Re:So was created in 2012 and is a part of Southampton Solent University. We are currently looking for Work Based Learning Visual Merchandisers. The Visual Merchandisers are responsible for the product presentation, store layout and displays within the store. The Visual Merchandisers will be looking for new ways to display merchandise and brand areas within the store, so regular primary research into current VM strategies is an important part of the role.   

Re:So also has a pop up shop at the Showcase Gallery (James Matthews Building) where the Visual Merchandiser will monitor stock and ensure it is merchandised to a high standard. 

This role is both creative and commercial and there is the opportunity to experiment with layouts and displays. 

Training will be given in the fundaments of VM and Health and Safety. 

All Re:So team members open and close the store, cash up and serve customers. Other opportunities at Re:So can include setting up and working at events and is an opportunity to develop other skills such as retail sales, buying and organisational skills as part of a team.   


  • Developing and maintaining store visual standards – including housekeeping, product presentation and styling displays/mannequins  Undertaking a floor walk at the start of every shift to check VM standards and plan workload  Liaising with the Re:So Manager and Senior Lecturer to agree plans for floor layout moves and to review VM/VM research on a weekly basis  Liaising regularly with Social Media Co-ordinator to create photographs of displays and products for Re:So Social Media channels  Opening and closing the store  Setting up the till and closing down at the end of the day  Serving customers and using the till and card payment machine  Recording all sales  Talking to customers about how Re:So operates 

About You

  • Interest in developing commercial awareness and creativity within a retail environment  Hands on approach  Adaptable to different tasks and willing to learn   Highly organised and reliable individual  Ability to work independently and as part of a team  Good communicator and time keeper 

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Please note this opportunity is unpaid, and it is for students who undertake compulsory placements as part of their course. Solent University does not endorse unpaid opportunities outside of the curriculum. However, should you decide to take on this position you need to consider your financial situation and consider how you would support yourself for the duration of the experience. With overseas placements or internships it is worth noting that some companies may charge additional fees and should be thoroughly researched before committing. If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact

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