Head office careers

Support office roles

London City – (Old Street tube) and Stanton Harcourt in Witney, Oxford


The same DNA applies to our support office roles so have a quick sense check over those. Whilst most of the roles we employee probably require relevant qualifications or skills, we are open to hearing from talented and passionate people who feel they can bring something special to Karen Millen or the wider group.

The London Old Street office is the heart of the product innovation, production, design and store liaison.

There are many departments based here:

Product Design
Karen Millen is entirely design led and designs all of the ranges in-house.
The Design team inspires, guides and informs the business on upcoming trends. They are responsible for developing new shapes and key pieces for the new season and providesing colour and looks for the season’s collections.

Product Development (no buying function in KM)
The Product Development team are responsible for the development of Karen Millen garments from conception through to delivery, ensuring that the critical path is managed effectively so that all key dates are achieved and the product is delivered to meet launch dates.

Merchandising
The Merchandising team is responsible for all financial aspects of planning and trading for a department. It does this by working closely with the the Buying and Design teams to deliver a well-balanced and commercial range.

International
The international team manages the relationships we have with our overseas brand franchises. International is an exciting and rapidly growing area of the business. The international team is responsible for maintaining brand integrity, product merchandising and visual proposition.

Retail Operations
Retail Operations is the communication link between Karen Millen stores, field teams and head office.

Garment Production

Our production team is our own internal supplier working closely with the design and product development departments. The Production department assures the quality of the product, from first sample through to delivery. The team also assess the supply base for its suitability for the brand and monitors new and existing supplier's compliance to our standards of make and delivery.

Garment Technologists are responsible for the fit and quality of the garments, from design to manufacture, making sure that the most appropriate construction methods are used. Working closely with designers and pattern cutters their responsibilities include fabric testing, garment fittings and analyzing product returns and faults.

Pattern Cutters work closely with the Designers, to create accurate pattern templates from working drawings produced by a fashion designer. Once they produce the initial pattern, the in-house sample machinist makes up an example garment. The Pattern cutters then work with designers and garment technologists to make any adjustments or alterations to produce the final pattern.

Sample machinists produce garment sample to show the design team how the finished item will look. They follow fabric, colour and size instructions from the designer, pattern cutter and garment technologist to prepare the sample and advise the design team on

Group Services

London City – (Old Street tube) and Stanton Harcourt in Witney, Oxford

These teams provide support to the wider Aurora group and play an essential part in the success of Karen Millen. These functions are located both in London and our registered office in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire.

Finance
The Finance function focuses on budgeting and forecasting of store performance and head office costs, and reporting actual performance. They also provide accurate and timely analysis to the Board for decision-making purposes.

Tax & Treasury
The Tax and Treasury department is responsible for day-to-day cashflow, foreign exchange, taxation, insurance and VAT. The team also provides an internal tax consultancy service to ensure the business is operating in a tax efficient way. Our specialist VAT and insurance teams also provide compliance services.

Information Technology
The IT department is a centralised function providing IT services to the whole of the Aurora Group, developing and operating the systems for the stores and Head Office.

Property & Store Development
The Property function is responsible for the management of our property portfolio, facilitating the acquisition and disposal of the Aurora Group’s Retail and head office estate.

Store Development is responsible for the outfitting of the retail network of stores from concept design to the project implementation of new build and modernisation programmes for the brands.

Logistics & Supply Chain
The Logistics and Supply Chain team is responsible for the inbound delivery of all product from our suppliers world-wide to UK Distribution Centres and delivery to stores within the UK and internationally.

Marketing
The Marketing team is responsible for managing and developing the brand identity from creative concept through to final execution. By enhancing the customer shopping experience, building a relationship with existing customers, encouraging new customers to shop, creative customer communication and planning strategic promotions, its aim is to drive sales turnover.

The Marketing department manages the design, print and production of all store graphics and in-store material, the brand websites and all promotions and competitions.

Purchasing
This function is responsible for all non-trade procurement across the Group to ensure the Aurora brands get best value from its suppliers.

Human Resources & Learning and Development
The Human Resources functions work closely with line managers to support the recruitment, training, development and management of individuals. It is the functions’ responsibility to research and introduce the ‘best practice’ in employee relations and the most effective development processes.

Facilities
The Facilities department is responsible for the working environment and support services to our London and Stanton Harcourt Head Office properties and staff. Specific services include: site maintenance, receptionists, cleaning, help desk, photocopies and faxes.

How to apply

Once you have mentally confirmed you fit the DNA to apply to Karen Millen and you feel you have the necessary skills, qualification or talent necessary for a particular role, you can forward your CV to recruitment@karenmillen.co.uk . Please submit an updated CV and covering letter stating your current salary, what role you are interested in, and for which location.

Once we have received your CV your details will be forwarded to the appropriate manager who will manage your application. If you have speculatively submitted your CV we will assess your details against the criteria of any our vacancies and we will contact you should it be appropriate. We are unable to contact all candidates unless you have been successful in progressing with a vacancy.

We also use www.retailchoice.com to advertise our vacancies.