Recruitment & Qualifications
I have applied to the Merchandising Development Program (MDP), what are the next steps?
You will be notified electronically that your resume has been received. Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule a preliminary interview; this interview could take place in person or over the telephone or through an online interview platform.
What skills are needed to apply for the MDP?
We look for candidates who demonstrate the ability to think creatively, have strong analytical and numbers skills, are able to think strategically about the business, and work well in a fast paced and demanding environment. To be successful you must also enjoy working with product, have the ability to build rapport quickly and establish effective working relationships with others to get the job done. You must like the idea of running a business, because while this is about trends and product, most importantly, it’s about driving sales and profit and managing expenses.
Is retail sales experience required?
Prior retail experience is not essential, but what is critical to success are those skills mentioned above.
Does TJX sponsor international candidates for the MDP?
For U.S. full-time positions, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time permanent basis. International candidates may also contact TJX Canada at (905) 405-8000 or TJX Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about local merchandising and buyer development programs.
Does TJX offer relocation assistance?
There are specific criteria around relocation assistance. During the selection process you will have an opportunity to discuss your eligibility and any details.
Is TJX Home Office accessible to public transportation?
TJX is not easily accessible to public transportation. A variable work schedule is part of the MDP based on the needs of the business. You may need to travel to area stores or work hours that do not coincide with the public transportation schedule.
What kind of training can I expect when I join the MDP?
Training happens throughout your career at TJX. While the first two months will provide intensive training, both formal and informal training happens at every position within the career path.
How will my performance be evaluated during the MDP?
You will receive feedback many times during the initial training program, as well as throughout your career in the MDP. Early on, you will have several formal developmental touch points to discuss your performance. These discussions should provide valuable insights that you, partnering with our Learning & Development team and your Planning Manager, will use to guide your continued development as an Allocation Analyst.
What happens after my initial training?
Upon successfully completing the MDP, your first position will be as an Allocation Analyst within T.J. Maxx, tjmaxx.com, Marshalls or HomeGoods in our corporate offices in Framingham, MA.
How is placement determined?
Placement within the different divisions of TJX is based on business needs. You will find out where you have been placed when starting in the MDP. Throughout your career you may be transferred to different departments and divisions to broaden your experience and skills while being exposed to different product classifications.
Am I paid during the development program?
Yes. MDP participants are full-time TJX Associates.
Growth Opportunity/Career Path
Is there travel involved?
In Planning and Allocation you travel locally to stores and may have an opportunity to go on some vendor visits. Our Buyers travel regularly to New York City and other domestic and international centers.
Are there opportunities to travel or work internationally?
Absolutely. Because we are a global retailer, there may also be opportunities to travel or work internationally as you progress through your career path.
How do I get promoted?
Throughout your career in Merchandising you will spend various amounts of time in each position. Your advancement through the career path is linked to your performance and business needs. TJX also offers opportunities for long-term career growth in management positions within our Planning and Buying Departments.
Why does the career path begin in Planning and Allocation?
It is very important for you to spend the first few years of your career in the Planning and Allocation Department to fully understand the off-price business and to fully comprehend how to build product assortments. In addition, this is where you learn how to analyze and drive a business while discovering what works and what does not work in the stores. The time you spend on the Planning side of the business prepares you with the skills necessary to make swift decisions and make million dollar decisions – the skills Buyers use every day.
I would like to become a Buyer. How long does it take?
There is no set rule, but typically it will take an average of 3-4 years to move into Buying. This is a very competitive program and not everyone will be promoted to the Buyer level for various reasons (performance, career change, etc.).
How much time will I be working on a computer?
In all of the positions you will be required to spend a significant amount of time on a computer. Software systems are used to analyze the business, create planning strategies, ship product and check on the status of merchandise.
Do I need to be good with numbers?
In both Planning and Buying, you will be working with numbers every day. They are a critical part of the career path, including analyzing reports, calculating percentages and more.
Can I transfer out of the program into another department?
Joining the MDP is a commitment. We are hiring individuals who want a career in Merchandising and are looking to progress in this career path. The corporate policy does require you to stay in a position for six months before requesting a transfer, however, we hope that if you decide to join this program that you are committed to sticking with it.