The best Christmas jobs at Next, Pandora, Pets Corner, F. Hinds and other retailers

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the UK’s economy, however numerous companies are looking for extra hands to help out this Christmas.

Sales advisors, consultants and assistants, and even Santas are being sought by some of the biggest firms in the county and the retail industry.

If you want to get a temporary job for the festive season, now is the time to tidy up your CV and start your search as retailers prepare for the Christmas rush.

Some roles require prior experience, while other vacancies are searching for potential workers with a cheerful personality and a can-do approach.

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Below, SurreyLive has created a list of some of the temporary festive roles available in areas such as Dorking, Woking, Staines, and Epsom, and elsewhere.

Next – Christmas support team

Salary: £6.52 – £8.72 per hour

Hours: 15 hours on average per week, for five weeks

Address:Walton (full address not specified)

Helpers are needed over the busy festive period at fashion retailer Next in Walton.

As a Christmas support team member, you will work on the sales floor and/or in the stockroom, offer friendly service to all customers, and help present stock beautifully.

Next is looking for someone who will follow guidelines within its stores, be excited about the challenge of a varied and fast-paced job, and “go the extra mile”.

This job is also available at other Next stores in Surrey, including The Ashley Centre in Epsom and Ladymead Retail Park in Guildford, but with varying hours and details.

For more on this job, and others, see here.

Pets Corner – Sales advisor

Salary: £4.55 – £9.72 per hour

Hours: Full-time, but not specified

Address: Old Library HQ, West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BY

Pets Corner, in Dorking, is looking for a temporary full-time sales advisor to help out over the festive period.

The role includes delivering exceptional customer service at all times, processing cash and card transactions, and, most importantly, ensuring its animals are well cared for, safe and healthy.

The sales advisor will ensure products are fully stocked, well presented and clean, with a good shelf life, as well as keeping up to date with promotions.

Essential skills required include “a confident, positive and helpful attitude”, strong customer focus, drive and determination, and a passion for animals and their welfare.

For more information, see here.

F. Hinds – Sales advisor

Salary: Not specified

Hours: 13.5 hours, Monday to Wednesday

Address: 29 Wolsey Walk, Woking, GU21 6XX

F. Hinds’ Woking branch is looking for someone to help out with stock control, cash handling, and sales and display over the Christmas period.

A description reads: “As a temporary part-time sales advisor, you will have an interest for jewellery and watch sector, with a passion for providing excellent service to every customer, confident, outgoing and with a belief in your own ability.

“You should also possess an enthusiastic and positive outlook and be able to project a great first impression.”

Key skills required include good face-to-face communication, the desire to achieve targets, Word and Excel knowledge, as well as previous or relevant sales experience.

For more, see here.

Pandora – Sales consultant

Salary: £8.50 per hour

Hours: Not specified

Address: Staines (full address not specified)

Burrells’ store in Staines is looking for a temporary Christmas sales consultant to join its team on a fixed-term contract to help support its Pandora shop over the festive period.

A description reads: “Christmas contracts are to begin the week commencing November 16 through to the first week of January. It is important you are available during this period. Your flexibility is to be discussed with the store manager during the application process.”

The successful candidate will be passionate about Burrells and Pandora products, able to deliver outstanding customer experiences, and a committed team player.

The deadline for applications is October 30.

See here for more information.

The Works – Sales assistant

Salary: Not specified

Hours: Temporary, part-time, 4-hour contract

Address: Epsom, KT18 5DB

Christmas is an extremely busy time at The Works and the company is looking for a sales assistant to join its “fun, friendly, and supportive” Epsom branch.

The Works wants to hire someone who is crafty, caring, dedicated, flexible, creative, enthusiastic, dynamic and passionate, with a can-do attitude.

The job description says: “As a seasonal sales assistant, you will deliver outstanding customer service, being friendly and helpful to all customers… whilst keeping the shelves stocked with our amazing products!

“You’ll have a passion for books, stationery, arts and crafts, and be able to share your enthusiasm for the products with our customers.”

For more information, see here.

Retail and Asset Solutions – Christmas stock replenisher

Salary: Up to £8.80 per hour

Hours: 4-hour shift (normally 6pm to 10pm), up to four days per week between Monday and Friday

Address:Addlestone (full address not specified)

Retail & Asset Solutions is currently recruiting a clothing stock replenisher to join its existing store support team.

In this role, the applicant will replenish stock from warehouse back-up and deliveries, interact with customers, and keep up-to-date with promotions and price changes.

The job description reads: “You will be working for a clothing department within a leading national supermarket retailer, ensuring that the fashion merchandise is replenished to a high standard and good customer service is provided.”

See here for more.

Santa

Salary: £13.50 per hour

Hours: Not specified, but must be available to work on December 5 and/or 6

Address: Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1HU

A job description reads: “At Ashtead Park Garden Centre, we are carefully planning how we can have a Covid-safe Christmas without losing the magic. In order to hold our charity fundraising Santa’s grotto we are seeking someone jolly to play Santa for one weekend in December.”

The applicant must be jolly and cheerful, engaging, confident chatting to children and able to “conjure the magic of Christmas”.

The listing says a costume and beard would be beneficial, as well as previous Santa experience, but these are not essential for the role.

For more on this, see here.

Game – Christmas sales assistant

Salary: Not specified

Hours: Full-time, but not specified

Address: Guildford (full address not specified)

Game is looking for a temporary sales assistant to join its busy store in Guildford over the festive period.

In this role, the applicant will be expected to:

  • Deliver a high standard of excellent customer service at all times;
  • Build relationships with the store’s local gaming community to ensure loyalty and return custom;
  • Give expert gaming knowledge to customers and ensure Game meets the candidates’ expectations at all times;
  • Attach products to maximise transactional value;
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest gaming news;
  • Work with the other sales assistants within the business.

See here for more information.

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