Do you love keeping on top of the latest fashion and industry news? Does the idea of fashion and retail excite you, the thought of sourcing a selection of clothes, while being fully attentive to trends? With continued and exciting fashion buying and merchandising career opportunities, now has never been a better time to start your dream course.

Job prospects in Dublin are ever-increasing in this sector particularly in large multinational companies based here. One very strong noteworthy contender is Penney's who has always been a household name in Ireland associated with affordability and has developed into a major player on the high street. They offer employees real opportunity in a fast pace and dynamic business environment; where no day is ever the same. With 38 stores across Ireland Penney’s offer huge potential for anyone with a keen interest to work in fashion and retail.

Job opportunities in Dublin are evident and candidates are required to carry a specific skill set. Attention to detail is crucial in this industry alongside creativity with the ability to predict and react to future trends. A buyer, for example has a clear understanding of the customers they're buying for, prices they're willing to pay and the likely demand for products. Reacting to, and forecasting market trends and changes are key aspects of the job. Most buyers, particularly those working in large department stores, tend to specialise in one product type.

There are various levels of seniority and clear progression routes for fashion buying and merchandising. An inside look to the current opportunity at Penney's headquarters for this sector shows a real demand in Dublin.

Assistant buyer jobs

Buyer jobs

Portobello Institute makes becoming a professional fashion buyer possible. Students learn real skills – how to prepare mood boards, retail displays and analyse fashion trends in line with customer needs. We also have an excellent success rate with alot of our graduates taking up positions with Penney's.

From part-time modules in fashion buying and merchandising through to full-time, our courses ultimately prepare students to undertake a variety of roles within the fashion industry. For full details and to go through your options please contact Jenny on 01 8920007 or email