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About Smyths Toys

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Established in 1987 in Galway, Smyths Toys is a rapidly expanding retail company with over 90 stores throughout Ireland and the UK. We employ up to 5,000 people in peak trading periods. The Company headquarters is in Galway, and is home to the Buying, Marketing, Finance, IT, Central Purchasing, Customer Services and Logistics functions. We are looking to strengthen our existing team by recruiting talented, motivated and ambitious graduates who want to begin their career in retail. 

Graduate Programmes

Structured over 12 to 24 months, our Graduate Programmes allow you to experience all aspects of the business with the choice of ultimately focusing on one of three career development areas:

  • Professional Store Management 
  • Buying & Merchandising
  • IT

Professional Store Management

You will join our retail professionals, our Store Managers and their management teams, at the coal face of our business and revenue generation; our Stores. You will be involved in maximising sales and profit; leading and motivating staff; ensuring the team delivers exceptional customer service; merchandising, stock control, shrinkage and administration compliance; recruiting, training and developing staff and complying with all Health & Safety policies and legislation. 

Buying & Merchandising

Working in Head Office, you will join a team of more than 30 Buyers where you will learn and gain experience in the whole product life cycle from meeting with suppliers from all around the world, to negotiating terms, product selection, stock intake planning and management, to design input, planning marketing activities, in-store merchandising right through to analysing and reacting to sales performance. 


You will join a challenging business led IT Department with leading Enterprise level technologies (SAP, HANA) & bespoke mobile applications. In store you will gain experience with front-of-house POS and stock control systems. Opportunities exist to specialise in technical support or functional business areas. 

General Recruitment

Graduates can also apply for vacancies that arise throughout the business on an ongoing basis. Opportunities arise both in Head Office Departments and in the Stores. 

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Facts and figures
  • Number of employees: > 250
Industry sectors
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Retail, Business & Commercial Services
  • Marketing, Advertising & PR
  • Media, Journalism & Publishing
  • Procurement & Supply Chain