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Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

- Albert Einstein

Why Retail Consulting

Retail is one of the largest global industries accounting for $20 trillion worldwide. The sector represents about 30% of the world’s GDP and employs billions of people throughout the globe. It’s at the front of new technology, being amongst the first industries to deploy the web, mobile devices and now things like artificial intelligence and machine learning.

For the less technically inclined, it offers just as much. In the product development space it’s about design, the trends, the fabric, the cut, the stitch and so forth. Retail is probably the most competitive industry in the world and as a result is constantly evolving and changing, providing a vibrant dynamic place to work.

As a consultant you can acquire skills that cross borders and open up opportunities in other countries. You will be at the edge of transformation, you will see and experience different and exciting retailer environments. You will see the guts of retail as well as the shiny shop fronts and websites. You will meet people from all walks of life and find you learn to speak and communicate in a common language, that of retail!

Current vacancies

  • Data Analyst/Scientist
    Position overview

    JOB TITLE: Data Analyst/Scientist

     

    OVERVIEW

    TPC supports its retail clients through ‘fact based’ analysis and synthesis to provide context relevant solutions to their business challenges or unrealised opportunities. To do this quantitative support is vital. Examples of this include:

    • Creating testable hypotheses that have a ‘line of sight’ to the overall business question. Collecting and validating data slices to test these hypotheses.
    • Using your own initiative to challenge/interpret outcomes along with possible alternative explanations and relevant re-tests or new-tests.
    • While working within an operational brief, take initiative to data mine/test to bring operationally relevant insights to a project team.
    • Build Smart Excel applications using VBA and SQL to support end users address operational challenges.
    • Develop operational statistics models that can be handed to client in-house teams. Ideally, use statistical applications such as R or Python to assist in model builds.
    • Have the inter-personal skills and awareness to present and defend approaches and outcomes, with the humility that not everyone is right all the time.

    SKILLS and EXPERIENCE

    Core

    • Good foundation in Statistics and Quantitative methods
    • Passion for analytic & problem solving
    • Eye for both the day-to-day detail as well as solving holistic business questions
    • Ability to manage and analyse both Excel sized and larger data sets
    • Strong Excel with VBA skills
    • Good SQL for data extraction & mining
    • Practical problem solving mentality founded on theory
    • Excellent logic skills
    • Excellent verbal and written English
    • Open mindedness to new problems and ideas
    • Resourceful in finding solutions to practical problems that don’t fit easily into theoretical constructs.

    Ideal

    Use of a stats package such as R, SAS institute, Mathematica or SPSS with large databases &/or use of Python or C++/C#

    Statistics

    • Forecasting
    • Experimental & survey design
    • Multi-variate regression analysis
    • Non-parametric testing

    Familiarity with Amazon Web Services

    SQL/Database setup and management

    Use of Amazon Hadoop

    Use of basic Machine Learning

    Experience with retail data, processes and quantitative modelling challenges

     

    Essential for all candidates:

    • You will need high levels of personal motivation, presence and energy and a strong ability to communicate at all levels.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex problems or solutions in a way in which they are quickly understood
    • Ideally a strong academic background with a minimum 2:1 or equivalent from a top university.

    Personal Qualities

    • A grounded, but highly personable individual.
    • Personality, presence and gravitas.
    • Driven by success.
    • An ability to listen effectively.
    • Energetic, enthusiastic and not afraid of hard work.
    • The ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
    • An individual with integrity and maturity with a flexible and adaptable style.
    • A genuine interest in retail and/or consultancy would help!
    Apply now
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    *Supported formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf
  • Developer/Programmer
    Position overview

    JOB TITLE: Developer/Programmer

     

    Background

    We are a young dynamic retail consultancy with a rapidly growing list of tier one and two clients. There is a wide mix of project types that we undertake including general consulting, specialist software implementation support, and an expanding list of business support ‘tooling’ which helps clients transition from basic processes to more advanced processes and software when ready.

     

    Our team has historically been very business focused with an emphasis on strong retail experience, however this has evolved with a wide variety of skills. The tooling has been designed and built with a strong business thought but without the experience in programming/Excel development. The time has come for a greater focus on the development of these tools and we require somebody with the right expertise and drive to take this to the next step.

    Role Overview

    • The Developer would be responsible for maintaining and developing a number of Excel based SMART tooling with either flat file or database integration using a mix of excel formulas, VBA coding, Access and SQL
    • The SMART tooling is evolving rapidly and with each new client that uses them and each new project we are looking to advance the tooling to the next level
    • The role will need to be able to support different service models and work at pace to fix issues when they arise both remotely and in person where required.
    • Testing will be required on both developments and maintenance activities and the ability to identify where one error could be affecting other tools would be preferable.
    • As the tools develop, we are looking for someone who can extend their coding skills to help build the tools in applications using software programming languages (C#/C++/Java/Objective-C) and/or web technologies (HTML5/JavaScript).

    Duties and Key Responsibilities

    Tooling Owner

    • Candidates must be able to quickly decipher and understand the design and structure of the current tools and be able to comprehend why it was designed as is to be able to make and receive recommendations for improvements
    • Understand, design and agree amendments to tooling to improve programming understanding
    • Maintain tools and tooling documentation
    • Take responsibility for the success of the tooling models

    Maintenance/Support

    • The candidate would be responsible for maintaining the effective running of all TPC tooling to ensure compliance to client/internal service levels
    • Respond directly or via client team to issues with tooling to the point of resolution
    • Regular testing of tooling to ensure pro-active issue resolution
    • Identification of potential cross tooling coding issues
    • Maintain maintenance and support logs, including time allocation for budgets/billing
    • Work with Technical Consultant and other internal stakeholders to develop and maintain the support structure of SMART tooling
    • Maintain technical documentation to ensure clear line of sight to changes and advancements

    Tool Development

    • Working closely with Quantitative and Business consultants to understand the business requirements, develop the business and mathematical answer to these requirements and code that solution in to a useable format
    • Create design specifications in to robust, transparent and well documented code in VBA/SQL/C# etc.
    • Identify opportunities to make improvement in the current tooling for sign off
    • Build well-structured and annotated code to meet development requirements
    • Produce supporting documentation for both users and technical experts to be able to follow

    Ad Hoc Report Support

    • At times there may be requirements to support business consultants to construct ad hoc reports/templates where the developer skill set would be of benefit

    Additional Skills

    The below are additional skills that would be looked on favorably but are not requirements for a successful candidate:

    • ETL
    • C# or other Object-oriented programming
    • Experience in database warehousing design: star-schemes, fact and dimensions
    • Experience with cloud technologies and general networking (ideally Azure and/or AWS): relational databases, Computing instances, VPN, IP routing, firewalling & NAT, Storage units, local and geo-distributed redundancy, horizontal scaling
    • Knowledge of network security: SSH, SSL/TLS, asymmetric RSA certificates, digital signing, OpenSSL, hash algorithms
    • Object programming (Java, Objective-C, C++)
    • HTML5/JavaScript/CSS
    • Software development best practices
    • UI/UX design
    • Mathematics
    • BI technologies (Tableau, Qlik, SSRS/SSAS)
    • Bilingual in another language
    Apply now
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  • Senior Consultant - UK
    Position overview

    JOB TITLE: Senior Consultant
    REPORTING TO: Managing Consultant
    REPORTEES: Consultants
    LOCATION: Client sites and home office

     

    Key Responsibility

    To lead associates and consultants on client engagement.

    Engage in business development and land new business.

     

    Overview

    As a Senior Consultant you will support the co-founders in developing the pipeline of new business by leveraging contacts and maintaining an awareness of current issues facing retailers to ascertain opportunities where TPC could support a business.

     

    You will provide intellectual and consulting expertise support by generating key ideas and conceptual frameworks to help the team to solve problems and drive out insightful fact-based findings and recommendations – either on a client project, as part of a sales bid or thought leadership.

     

    TPC Consulting are generating new thoughts and methodologies to help clients navigate their companies to success in the complex world. You will contribute intellectually to these developments and utilize your network of contacts to maximize business development opportunities for TPC.

     

    Working with high street retailers and international brands you will assist TPC’s retail clients in the areas of design and product development, buying and merchandising and supply chain management.  Using your industry and consulting background with TPC’s proven methodologies, you will help clients to achieve agreed goals.  You will be providing practical solutions for clients that have measurable and lasting results.  You will support the lead Co-Founder or be lead consultant in delivering the objectives.

     

    The projects you will support could be short or long term, UK or international, the clients vary in scale but are likely to be blue chip businesses expecting the top class results delivery for which TPC Co-Founders have established. The projects will be demanding, challenging and exciting: they certainly will not be predictable.

     

    You will be expected to lead, manage, and maintain internal and client contacts, and to understand and support the scoping out of client challenges and potential solutions to both sell & deliver. More generally you will bring your experience and expertise to bear in providing retailers with business visioning and advice as retailers tackle the opportunities of multi-channel and International developments. This will require strength in project and program management.

     

    As a senior member of the team you will provide mentoring and personnel development support to the growing TPC practice.

     

    Skills and Experience

    • You will need high levels of personal motivation, presence and energy and a strong ability to communicate at all levels.
    • Ideally with up to three/five years consulting experience with an established consulting company, at Consultant or Senior Consultant level. The consulting clients should have been in retail or consumer facing sectors.
    • Knowledgeable about retail either from the consultancy practice or from having a successful retail career within the key functions of merchandising, buying, supply or IT.
    • You will have experience of managing and developing a team. You will be a natural networker with a range of contacts.
    • You will ideally have experience of leading major transformation programs and managing projects in a retail or consultancy environment in a leadership role with demonstrable success in creating and leading teams.
    • Familiar with the challenges of merchandising, supply management, PLM and/or business change in a multi-channel business from either being in a line role or a consultant. You will have some experience at working with a major software implementation is necessary, be that on the receiving end in retail, or being part on an internal project team or as an external consultant.
    • Demonstrable ability to understand issues, causes and to proactively seek solutions from small scale presentation issues to business change thinking.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex problems or solutions in a way in which they are quickly understood.
    • You will be able to spot and develop business opportunities and follow them through to bid, negotiation and closure.
    • You will have an awareness of maximizing profitability and containing cost in a fluid operating environment.

     

    Personal Qualities

    • Driven by success, results orientated.
    • Personality, presence and gravitas being a grounded, but highly personable individual.
    • An ability to listen effectively.
    • The ability to motivate, energize and positively influence individuals.
    • The ability to work collaboratively and to present own view or case.
    • An individual with integrity and maturity with a flexible and adaptable style.
    • Excellent people development and management skills
    • An established and recognized leader
    Apply now
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    *Supported formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf
  • Consultant - UK
    Position overview

    JOB TITLE: Consultant
    REPORTING TO: Senior Consultant
    REPORTEES: Junior Consultant
    LOCATION: Throughout UK

     

    Background to Role 

    With the development and growth of the company TPC require a full time Consultant to join its fantastic team. It is an exciting opportunity for an individual to join at the early days of the company to develop both themselves and the business.

     

    Overview

    Working with high street retailers and international brands you will assist TPC’s retail clients in the areas of design and product development, buying and merchandising and supply chain management. Using your industry and consulting background with TPC’s proven methodologies, you will help clients to achieve agreed goals. You will be providing practical solutions for clients that have measurable and lasting results. You will support the lead Co-Founder or lead expert in delivering the objectives.

     

    The projects you will support could be short or long term, UK or international, the clients vary in scale but are likely to be blue chip businesses expecting the top class results delivery for which TPC Co-Founders have established. The projects will be demanding, challenging and exciting: they certainly won’t be predictable. You’ll be expected to manage, support and maintain internal and client contacts, and to understand and support the scoping out of client challenges and potential solutions to both sell & deliver.

     

    You’ll provide intellectual and consulting expertise support by generating key ideas and conceptual frameworks to help the team to solve problems and drive out insightful fact-based findings and recommendations – either on a client project, as part of a sales bid or thought leadership.

     

    You’ll be a part of a client team as well as part of the TPC team generating ideas and supporting delivery in driving forward the businesses, and you will be expected to be pioneering and innovative in everything you do from delivering reports, engaging with the client and working in teams.

     

    TPC Consulting are generating new thoughts and methodologies to help clients navigate their companies to success in the complex world. You will contribute intellectually to these developments.

     

    Skills and Experience

    • You will need high levels of personal motivation, presence and energy and a strong ability to communicate at all levels.
    • Consulting experience with ideally retail experience either from consultancy clients or gained as part of a blue chip retail business for. Ideally with experience of more than one company.
    • Ideally with up to two/three years consulting experience either in an internal company role or with an established consulting company. If in consulting, your clients should have been in retail or consumer products sectors.
    • Familiar with the challenges of merchandising, PLM, supply management and/or business change in a multi-channel business from either being in a line role or a consultant.
    • Some experience at working with a major software implementation is necessary, be that on the receiving end in retail, or being part on an internal project team or as an external consultant.
    • You will ideally have some experience of managing projects in a retail or consultancy environment and taking a leading role. There are opportunities for Project Managers to develop.
    • Demonstrable ability to both understand issues, causes and to proactively seek solutions from small scale presentation issues to business change thinking.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex problems or solutions in a way in which they are quickly understood
    • If currently in retail, you may be seeking a role in consultancy for the variety and challenge it brings, and you will have needed to have built a successful retail career within the key functions of merchandising, supply or IT and will have experience of managing a team.
    • Ideally you have a strong academic background with a minimum 2:1 or equivalent from a top university.
    • You must have strong analytical skills and be highly confident in tools such as Excel and PowerPoint.

     

    Personal Qualities

    • A grounded, but highly personable individual.
    • Personality, presence and gravitas.
    • Driven by success.
    • An ability to listen effectively.
    • Energetic, enthusiastic and not afraid of hard work.
    • The ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
    • An individual with integrity and maturity with a flexible and adaptable style.
    • A genuine interest in retail and/or consultancy would help!
    Apply now
    Upload your CV and cover letter
    *Supported formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf
  • Junior Consultant - UK
    Position overview

    JOB TITLE: Junior Consultant
    REPORTING TO: Consultant
    REPORTEES: N/A
    LOCATION: Remote from home and on client site

     

    Background to role

    With the development and growth of the company TPC require a full time Junior Consultant to join its team. It is an exciting opportunity for an individual to join at the early days of the company to develop both themselves and the business.

     

    Overview

    Working with high street retailers and international brands you will assist TPC’s retail clients in the areas of design and product development, buying and merchandising and supply chain management. Using your analytical and creative skills with the companies proven methodologies, you will help clients to achieve agreed goals. You will be providing practical solutions for clients that have measurable and lasting results. You will support the lead Co-Founder or lead expert in delivering the objectives. This will involve a mix of home working, client site and team meetings.

     

    The projects you will support could be short or long term, UK or international, the clients vary in scale but are likely to be blue chip businesses expecting the top class results delivery for which TPC Co-Founders have established. The projects will be demanding, challenging and exciting: they certainly won’t be predictable. You’ll be expected to support internal and client contacts, and to support the scoping out of client challenges and potential solutions to both sell & deliver.

     

    You’ll provide intellectual expertise to research, analyze and to provide ideas to solve problems and drive out insightful fact-based findings and recommendations either on a client project, as part of a sales bid or thought leadership.

     

    You’ll be a part of a client team as well as part of the TPC team generating ideas and supporting delivery in driving forward the businesses, and you will be expected to be pioneering and innovative in everything you do from delivering reports, engaging with the client and working in teams.

     

    The client work can range from working with major software providers to support the delivery of new systems. This will require you to establish ways of working, introduce new processes and support the development of people and infrastructure capability. To other client engagements which will be to support the delivery of business advice as retail tackles the opportunities of multi-channel and International developments.

     

    Skills and Experience

    • Flexibility and resilience is required to maintain a travel schedule covering the UK.
    • You will need high levels of personal motivation, presence and energy and a strong ability to communicate at all levels.
    • Consulting experience with ideally retail experience either from consultancy clients or gained as part of a blue chip retail business for. Ideally with experience of more than one company.
    • Ideally with up to one year’s consulting experience either in an internal company role or with an established consulting company. If in consulting, your clients should have been in retail or consumer products sectors.
    • Familiar with the challenges of merchandising, supply management and/or business change in a multi-channel business from either being in a line role or a consultant.
    • Some experience at working with a major software implementation is necessary, be that on the receiving end in retail, or being part on an internal project team or as an external consultant
    • Demonstrable ability to both understand issues, causes and to proactively seek solutions from small scale presentation issues to business change thinking.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex problems or solutions in a way in which they are quickly understood
    • If currently in retail, you may be seeking a role in consultancy for the variety and challenge it brings, and you will have needed to have built a good understanding of retail within the key functions of merchandising, supply or IT.
    • Ideally you have a strong academic background
    • You must have strong analytical skills and be highly confident in tools such as Excel and PowerPoint.

     

    Personal Qualities

    • A grounded, but highly personable individual.
    • Personality, presence and gravitas.
    • Driven by success.
    • An ability to listen effectively.
    • Energetic, enthusiastic and not afraid of hard work.
    • The ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
    • An individual with integrity and maturity with a flexible and adaptable style.
    • A genuine interest in retail and/or consultancy would help!
    Apply now
    Upload your CV and cover letter
    *Supported formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf