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Careers with Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Our Region

The company headquarters are in Carlisle. Carlisle has a principal station on the West Coast main line from London Euston and sits just off the M6 motorway. This location provides ready access to the major facilities expected of a city, combined with the possibility of living in one of the finest countryside areas in the UK.

Almost every conceivable type of outdoors and countryside activity is at hand. There are fishing rivers, hill walking areas and golf courses nearby.

The Lake District is a short drive away. Boating facilities are available on the Solway Firth, in the Lake District and on Kielder Water. The close proximity of the Border provides access to either the English or Scottish schooling systems.

Our Store Vacancies

We have stores covering the breadth of the UK. Below are the current management vacancies, but for further infortmation on Store Colleague roles at a specific store, please contact:

Location / Store Contact
Store Manager
Romanes & Paterson, Edinburgh
Great Yarmouth
Assistant Store Manager
Antartex Village, Alexandria
James Pringle Weavers, Leith (Edinburgh)
Pitlochry in Lakeland, Bowness
James Pringle Weavers, Anglesey
St Andrews
Food Service Manager
Antartex Village, Alexandria
Ben Nevis Highland Centre, Fort William

Our Head Office Vacancies

The following roles are based at our Head Office in the centre of Carlisle.

Role Contact
Ecommerce Merchandiser
Content Designer
Assistant Management Accountant
Field Based Internal Auditor (UK North)
Buying & Merchandising
Sourcing Assistant
Branch Analyst
Design Assistant
Senior Garment Technologist
Area Manager

Applicant Privacy Notice

This document applies to employees in Purepay Retail Limited, registered number: 11741716. Registered in England and Wales at the registered office: One St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3DE.

All reference to “employer” or “organisation” means the company that employs you.

As part of any recruitment process, the organisation collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The organisation is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.

What information does the organisation collect?

The organisation collects a range of information about you. This includes:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history
  • information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements
  • whether or not you have a disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process
  • information about your entitlement to work in the UK
  • equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, health, and religion or belief.

The organisation collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews.

The organisation will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as recruitment agencies, Jobcentre Plus or other external agencies that have referred you, references supplied by former employers and information from credit checks for some positions.

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).

Why does the organisation process personal data?

The organisation needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It also needs to process your data to enter into a contract with you.

In some cases, the organisation needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts, and we are required to track the religion/beliefs of candidates and employees in Northern Ireland.

The organisation has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the organisation to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The organisation may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

Where the organisation relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.

The organisation processes health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

Where the organisation processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, health or religion/belief (Northern Ireland), this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes.

For some roles, the organisation is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where the organisation seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

If your application is unsuccessful, the organisation will keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. You are free to ask us to remove your data from our systems at any time.

Who has access to data?

Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR and recruitment team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.

In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies, former employers when gathering references or credit reference agencies. Any credit check is classed as a “soft” search and is usually only visible to yourself.

We will only share your data with third parties for the purposes of assessing your application for employment. This will be with authorised third parties that have been engaged by us such as external consultants, recruitment agencies, Jobcentre Plus etc. We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.

The organisation will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.

How does the organisation protect data?

The organisation takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.

For how long does the organisation keep data?

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the organisation will hold your data on file for 6 months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. At the end of that period [or if you have requested it], your data is deleted or destroyed.

If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:

  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
  • require the organisation to change incorrect or incomplete data
  • require the organisation to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing
  • object to the processing of your data where the organisation is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing
  • ask the organisation to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override the organisation's legitimate grounds for processing data.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact June Carruthers, Group Company Secretary, email You can make a subject access request by emailing

If you believe that the organisation has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.

What if you do not provide personal data?

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the organisation during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the organisation may not be able to process your application properly or at all.

You are under no obligation to provide information for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and there are no consequences for your application if you choose not to provide such information.

Automated decision-making

Recruitment processes are not based solely on automated decision-making.

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