Employer profile

Matalan Retail Limited

Updated: March, 2023

About Matalan Retail Limited

From humble beginnings to disruptive innovations in the retail industry, when we say there’s no other retailer like Matalan, we really mean it! There’s an honesty and energy here that allows our people to shine, which our colleagues, customers, and suppliers love.

With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, we’re a thriving, omni-channel value retailer that’s going places and delivering year on year growth. If you want to work for a company that’s passionate about its people, helps you to grow and be the best you can be, then you’ve come to the right place.

Right now, Matalan is stepping into a new age and embracing the changing face of retail. We work together to support our customers, suppliers, and each other, and we’re excited by the possibility of our people helping us to shape the future of retail. We make sure every voice is heard, nurture the ambitions of our people, and invest in their future. Our amazing and diverse people make us who we are, and our values are the driving force behind everything we do: Think Customer, Think Family, Be Real, Be the Best.

Early Careers Programme

Our Early Careers programmes are targeted at young people aged 16-24, inspiring the next generation of talent to make a career in Retail their preferred choice. We cover a range of initiatives including short-term work experience, 12-month student placements, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, alongside entry-level and graduate roles. Talent is quickly spotted and nurtured, and there are lots of opportunities to tailor-make your career.

Student Placements

Our 12-month placements, suitable for those on a four-year university course, give students the chance to work in our Trading & Support teams, getting hands on in the day to day running of our business. Students could be involved in anything from developing exciting product ranges that deliver amazing value, to playing a part in shaping the future of our IT infrastructure. With a dedicated on-boarding & training programme, our students are emersed in the business area they are placed in, and their opinions really count, something we feel sets us apart from other brands.


Our ‘Credible Alternative to University’ scheme, launched in 2021, is very close to our hearts, offering young people the opportunity to study whilst developing a career in a variety of areas such as Buying & Merchandising, Finance, HR, Customer Services & Marketing. The success of this scheme has led to most of our apprentices being offered full time contracts and promotions within their first 12 months of employment, and us ranking as 35th in the Rate My Apprenticeship Top 100 Employers 2022-2023, an achievement we’re extremely proud of.

We believe that every young person should have access to the same opportunities, and we hope that our involvement in the Apprentice Ambassador Network will drive more young people to consider apprenticeships as a viable next step after their formal education ends.

We know there’s more to love at Matalan, and we can’t wait to show you.

Work sectors

retail and FMCG



Contact details

Perimeter Road
Knowsley Industrial Park
L33 7SZ

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