12 Month Placement - Multi-Channel Design Assistant

Our people make all the difference


In order to be considered for this Placement, you must CURRENTLY be studying a relatable degree which requires you to complete a 1 year placement in industry.

You will not be considered without a portfolio.



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. 


We are looking for a passionate Multi-Channel Design Assistant with a strong creative flair to join our innovative design team. The candidate should be able to push the boundaries with their design skills to help us stay ahead of the game. You will have the opportunity to work across 3 key areas; Brand Design, Ecommerce and Online Creative. With a highly creative team you will really get an insight into how to develop commercial, distinctive and creative ideas to take the brand forward. The team will provide you with the right support and guidance to develop your design and creative skills within this field.

In this role you will have the opportunity to work across the following areas-

  • Branding and Packaging
  • Instore Graphics, POS and Signage
  • Marketing Event Graphics and Promotional Literature
  • Large Format Graphics
  • Responsive website & marketing channels including social media, affiliate banners, category banners, landing pages, and the River Island App

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

  • Studying a relevant sandwich degree such as Fashion Promotion, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design etc
  • A strong interest within the fashion/retail industry
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator & Indesign (Mac based)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Attention to detail and enthusiasm to learn
  • A creative/visual approach with the ability to generate and implement ideas
  • The ability to work well under pressure and multi-task
  • Good commercial and brand awareness
  • Ability to push design boundaries, to ensure River Island is a leader on the high street
  • Maintain brand guidelines across all channels
  • Love the brand as much as we do!



  • Knowledge of how a busy in-house design team works 
  • Brand Awareness
  • Layout & typography skills
  • How to see a design through from concept to delivery
  • Knowledge of Adobe creative suite – Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Understanding of CMS and how to prepare designs for development
  • Restrictions that come with commercial printing and online responsive design and how to overcome them
  • Learn to work effectively on your own initiative as well as within a team structure
  • Organisational skills; how to think quickly, plan, organise and prioritise tasks to meet tight deadlines
  • How to communicate clearly, accurately and confidently
  • Attention to detail

IT NEVER GETS BORING…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! 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!

WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER…and in doing so, we provide great benefits for our employees                   

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.

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.

  • 50% Staff Discount
  • Pension Scheme
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
  • Discounted on-site gym membership
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Staff Shop
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free onsite parking 

PLEASE NOTE: You must only apply for one placement opportunity.  If you apply for more than one, all your applications will automatically be withdrawn. 

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