What do entry level employees say about bonprix?

We asked them.

We chatted to some of our graduates about their time at bonprix . What are your colleagues like? What do you do on an everyday basis? What are the main challenges? Here’s what they said.

"bonprix symbolises innovation and flexibility - an outlook that’s definitely tangible in the everyday business." Anna, Advertising Contact

You work as an Advertising Contact at bonprix. What does your job entail?

As an Advertising Contact I manage departmental communication and act as a mediator between Purchasing and advertising agencies. Other of my tasks is supplying content, primarily photos that are used in our print and online channels. That also means I’m responsible for designing print and online campaigns and overseeing how the ad agencies translate our ideas. Casting and booking models is another part of the job.

Why did you want to work for bonprix and what makes it such an interesting company?

Fashion is an exciting, fast-moving industry. As a company born from catalogue marketing, bonprix now needs to adapt and assert itself within the branch. I find that an inspiring notion. The brand is also currently in the middle of a major development process with huge scope for new ideas. bonprix has always represented innovation and flexibility, and you can sense that in the everyday business and the attitude of the people who work here.

What’s the mood like in your team?

As it should be! Friendly, open, straightforward, considerate – we look after one another. There’s a lot of laughing because even in stressful situations, we all still enjoy what we do.

What skills should an applicant have if they are interested in your job?

Excellent organisational and communication skills, brand awareness and a creative flair are a must. Candidates shouldn’t be afraid of change and must embrace innovative processes. Our backgrounds are all pretty varied here. I studied Business Administration with a marketing major and initially worked as an Account Manager in traditional Advertising. My colleague on the other hand is a qualified graphic designer. If you come from a graphic design or photography background and are highly organised, there’s every chance you’ll fit into the team. A Marketing degree is a great start, but an apprenticeship in Marketing Communication is just as good.

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"I’m especially interested in the online marketing of bonprix`s product ranges." Rebecca Louisa, Deputy

When did you start working as a Deputy at bonprix and what exactly do you do?

I started as a Deputy in the Lingerie department on 1 June 2015, having spent twelve months in Product Management beforehand.  As a Deputy, I assist the Product Manager. My job is to accompany the product all the way from the initial idea to the final result being advertised online and in our catalogue for our customers to buy. The last part of the chain is the success control stage. During this process I support the Product Manager where I can. I organise meetings with Quality Development to discuss the styles I’ve worked on. I help research ideas for prints, lace, materials and colours. I check and comment on photo samples, and I also prepare presentations and analyses using Excel and PowerPoint. One of my favourite parts of the job is preparing the production and post-production for model shoots, as well as choosing and retouching the images afterwards. Data maintenance is another one of my core responsibilities.

Which projects and topics are particularly exciting?

Being involved in the online marketing of bonprix’s collections is the best part for me. You gain a real insight into which imagery, copy and photos work best. But supporting the development of the Purchasing systems is also interesting.

What makes bonprix a good employer?

I see bonprix as an approachable and down-to-earth employer. As a rule, doors are always left open and there’s dialogue at every level with no intimidating hierarchies. I always feel I can contribute my own ideas. Naturally I’m also pleased that bonprix offers such a generous package with holiday pay and a Christmas bonus. And it’s great that they support social and charitable causes too.

Any tips for future applicants?

A degree in Fashion & Textiles is definitely an entry path, but we also have colleagues in our team with a commercial background who have studied Business Administration for example. You should feel comfortable working with numbers and be passionate about fashion. But above all, you should be an open, positive person with a genuine personality.

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"I love the interdisciplinary aspect of my job. It puts me in regular contact with colleagues from lots of other departments." Dominique, Junior Controller in Purchasing Control

How long have you worked for bonprix and what are your responsibilities?

I've been working at bonprix as a Junior Controller in Purchasing Control for 18 months now. My prime area is test controlling. This includes assessing the performance of test items in the online shop and passing on recommendations to Purchasing. I especially enjoy the interdisciplinary element of my role that sees me in regular contact with colleagues in other areas like Purchasing, Media & Shop Management (E-Commerce), Marketing and Financial Controlling. Developing assessment methods and testing procedures for our online channels are the strategic elements of the job.

Why did you choose to work for bonprix after completing your degree?

As a graduate, factors like job safety, an opportunity to progress and a welcoming work environment were especially important. The attractive offer of a permanent contract and the relaxed, friendly atmosphere at my interview gave me a positive impression of bonprix right from the word go. It was also made clear that even entry level employees are given the chance to actively contribute to bonprix's future and assume responsibility early on. It was the combination of all these factors that demonstrated bonprix was the company for me.

Tell us about your team and the work environment at bonprix.

bonprix is a fast-paced business and it's incredibly fulfilling to be part of a six person team - all with different skills from different areas within the company. Together we have a wide spectrum of expertise so we complement each other well. It represents a solid network within the company that allows us to face change and shape the future as a team. The working environment is friendly, fair and supportive.

Any advice for graduates who want to pursue a career in controlling?

I think the most important thing to remember is to be open, honest, fearless and flexible. And you need to enjoy working with numbers, data, facts and of course people!

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