Head of Wholesale, Maternity Contract

Location: Hanger Lane

Hours of Work: 9.30-5.30

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Head of Wholesale, Maternity Contract


With more than 60 years of history in the bag, ours is a brand with an impressive heritage. Style is well and truly in our blood. As well as UK and Ireland, we are represented globally through our stores in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our e-commerce business is helping to set the trend globally, shipping to 125 countries whilst also growing our presence on the world’s leading digital fashion marketplaces.


Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us. 



Do you love fashion? Working with our Wholesale team, we are looking for a Head of Wholesale. 

It is a very exciting time to join the Wholesale team. Wholesale is the fastest growing channel within River Island, reaching new customers and working with key partners across the globe.


 Key responsibilities: 

  • Input into an omni-channel strategy by market.
  • Develop a wholesale strategy to grow and open key accounts, profitably.
  • Planning and forecasting stock and sales, using customer calendar and B&M critical path.
  • Close liaison with Core B&M to build relevant ranges and ensure an efficient flow of product to customer
  • Implement, develop and manage a Wholesale system
  • Manage the order fulfilment process
  • Develop and nurture account relationships to build business
  • Wholesale Customer Services
  • Brand guardianship and financial control
  • Develop a meaningful network to target new key accounts


WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING… and we know exactly what experience we’re looking for 


  • Strategic thinker
  • Understand the River Island customer and market position
  • Commercial ability to identify and develop the business
  • Lead and manage a team
  • Understand how to use financial reports to drive operational strategy
  • Externally represent River Island in a positive way to grow business
  • Internal promoter and driver of wholesale business
  • Development of processes to deliver efficiency and scalability




If you are ambitious and love working in a busy environment where every day is new, then River Island is the place to be! As a business, we are committed to developing our talent and offer a fantastic training program to help you optimise your performance and support your career progression with the company.


You will be working with industry experts who are passionate about our brand and really know their stuff. They are focused on ensuring they deliver this knowledge to their team to support with their development with the business. What better way to learn and develop your career than alongside someone who has been there and done it themselves!


Our working environment is busy, fast moving and responsive to our customers’ needs, much like our training which is unique to our business and reflective of our fun and refreshing brand and our people within it! Our River Academy offers ongoing training and development by running workshops throughout the year varying from courses focusing on softer skills to the more technical courses you may require to perform your duties.


It’s not all work and no play here either…we all work hard but we also like to have fun too! We are a social bunch and regularly host events ranging from Summer and Christmas parties, bake offs, and lots of charity events!

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