Malgorzata Lorek

Merchandise Controller, Vienna

Malgorzata Lorek

What were the highlights in your life so far?

One of my highlights was my exchange semester in Paris which made me open up to different cultures – this was when I decided I wanted to work for an international company, which I found with P&C.
Another highlight was moving from Warsaw to Krakow for my job as moving cities taught me to adapt quickly to new environments and situations.

Why did you apply at P&C?

I actually started at P&C with an internship when I studied Management and Economy, because I wanted to gain experience by working at the biggest fashion retailer around. P&C additionally had the reputation for being a great employer. Once I started working there I realised how great the combination of fashion and management is and decided to stay.

Was there a specific moment when you knew P&C's right for you?

I had this first moment when I did my internship and realised how right it feels when a satisfied customer thanks you.
My second moment when I knew P&C was right for me was when I got invited to do the management development programme. It was like a confirmation that I fit and a proof that the company valued my work. It was good to see that P&C sees my potential and wanted to invest in my development.

What do you like about your job and responsibilities?

I started as a Merchandise Controller a few months ago. Although I am still in training, I already could take an active part in the collection planning process. I like the fact that on the basis of the previous season I can set the budget for the new collection and in some way decide about the brand and product portfolio in our 42 stores internationally. It requires being focused on numbers, but also analysing trends, competition and market potential. When the collection arrives to the stores in few months and the season starts successfully I will feel very proud for having been part of this process!

How has P&C contributed to your development so far?

I am already working for 5 years for P&C and I was able to develop my self personally and professionally over this period of time. When I just graduated from university with 24 years I already got the responsibility over one of the sales departments. Holding a management position at such young age made me “grow up” with the company. Additionally P&C provides many trainings that contribute to both professional and personal development. I also had the chance to work with great, experienced people from whom I can learn; who motivate me and this allows me to set new challenges for myself.

What are your future career goals?

A few months ago I moved from Warsaw to Vienna, where I started to work in the Central Buying Department for Austria and CEE. That means that I achieved my recent goal and it’s time to raise the bar! Right now I fully focus on my Merchandise Controller training to be ready for the position and to give my best in the nearest future. What next? There is still a lot of possibilities within the company so let’s see what’s gonna happen! 

What is your advice for new P&C employees?

Be self-driven, show engagement, work goal-oriented and communicate your ideas. Also it is very important to be friendly – not only to the customers but also to your team – you will soon grow into the P&C family so create a friendly atmosphere with your work mates.

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