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Location: Leicester, Doncaster and Pontefract

Start date: January 2020

Programme: 6 Month Returnship

“Everyone is friendly, approachable, supportive and adaptable to change.” Lyn Wood, Development Project Manager at Next Ltd

Next Ltd is partnering with Women Returners to offer a new Returners Programme, Back to IT. Next will support talented individuals back into work in their IT department after an extended career break of two or more years.

About Next – Back to IT Programme

The programme offers successful applicants a paid placement of 6 months, with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role. Roles available with this programme are based in the Leicester, Doncaster and Pontefract (South Elmsall) areas. A range of flexible working options are available, dependent on the role.

Next has a range of mid to senior level IT roles available for experienced IT professionals. You will be placed in an area which matches your professional experience. To support you back into the workplace, you will receive coaching from Women Returners, a mentor from within Next and opportunities to network across the organisation. You will receive a competitive package of pay and benefits during the programme.

Who Next IT is looking for

Next is keen to hear from candidates who have had a career break of at least two years, with experience in any of the following roles:

You won’t have to start from scratch. Next understands that taking a break doesn’t take away from your experience. You’ve already got so many employable skills, you know how to communicate and how to collaborate, so once you’ve brushed up your knowledge and built up your confidence, you can pick up where you left off.

About Next IT

Technology drives what Next does. Plain and simple! It’s helped them become one of the UK’s most profitable retailers. They have a dedicated team of over 800 people in their IT department, working across three state-of the-art locations. They’ve helped create one of the most-visited retail websites in Europe, seen by millions of people across 72 countries. They’ve committed to staying ahead, which means all their IT solutions are developed in-house. This is an always changing, fast-paced industry, and they invest in both brilliant people and the latest technology to help them define what’s next.

From developing in .NET and COBOL to using emerging technologies, embracing change with utilising the latest design patterns and adapting through agile ways of working, Next IT is focused on delivery and driving their business forward. They’re currently investing in expanding their credit system, Next Pay and making sure their cyber security function is world class. They’re also moving their data to the Cloud. At the same time, they’re constantly improving logistics and warehouse processes as well as their use of big data and always evolving website. Whatever your area of interest, you can bring your ideas to life at Next.

They are an extremely forward-thinking department. The team work hard and like nothing better than a real challenge.In return, Next IT gives their people everything they need to develop. They’ll make sure you feel supported and respected throughout your time at Next. With a diverse team, made up of brilliant people, there is always someone to motivate you and help you to reach your potential. At the same time, your health, well-being and work-life balance is important to them.

To find out what life is like at Next – Watch this Video!

You will find that Next is not only retail: they’re creative and aspire to achieve the best they can in whatever they do. Their values are at the forefront of everything they do (Customers, People, Quality, Teamwork, and Innovation). They define who they are and the way they approach IT at Next. They encourage communication across the entire IT department to ensure their values are more than words. They are what they live by, every day.

Salary & Benefits @ Next

Salary: £22,329 – £56,500

Whether it is technology or people, Next believes in investing in the best. That’s why they offer a competitive salary and the following generous benefits:

To Apply

To apply to Next – Back to IT Programme please upload your CV and cover letter using the following links:




Next would like your covering letter to highlight your experience and motivations for joining the Next – Back to IT programme, together with the length of your career break and any skills and experience you have built during this time. If you could reference in your covering letter which job area you are interested in, this would be very much appreciated.

Closing date for applications: 3 November, 2019

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. Once applications have been received and reviewed, you may be invited for interview in November.

If you have any questions please email putting ‘Back to IT’ in the subject box