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Our clothing and home products are anything but ordinary. We’re bringing our high-quality, much-loved products to our 22 million worldwide customers.

About the role

In this role, you’ll experience the key areas of our Clothing and Home business and understand how they all work together to bring sustainable style, quality, and innovation to our customers.

What you'll be doing
You’ll hit the ground running with a 4-month placement at one of our stores, where you’ll get hands-on experience and learn what it takes to run a successful Clothing and Home business.

After your time in store, you will get insight into the key areas to help you build your understanding of the Clothing and Home business, including Buying, Design, Merchandising, Supply Chain and Online Operations, to learn how everything works together.

You’ll then move on to your chosen specialism in the Commercial or Product streams. In Commercial, you’ll learn how to get the right stock in the right place at the right time, while in Product, you’ll learn how to source the highest quality, most sustainable fashion products at the best prices from all over the world.
What you'll need
To succeed here, you’ll need to be a team player who tells it as it is, wants to aim high and learn fast. Our Clothing and Home products are world-famous and high quality, so a genuine interest in fashion and lifestyle is important.

Everything we create, we create for customers, so we look for people who are customer and product-obsessed. You’ll need to be curious about how a business operates and how you can improve it. You’ll also be confident and comfortable working under pressure.

If you choose to specialise in Commercial, you’ll need an Analytical, Supply Chain or Business related degree. For our Product specialism, you’ll need a Buying or Fashion-related degree.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK for the full duration of their preferred programme.
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My favourite part of the job is presenting next season's products to the leadership team for sign off. It’s all about the buyers, the designers, the technologists, and the merchandisers coming together and showcasing what we do best. Every season you learn so much, and it’s always fun to analyse what we think our customers will buy.

James (He / Him) | Graduate Read full story

If you’re like me, you might not feel that confident at first. There are skills and knowledge you don’t have. You might feel out of your depth. But if you embrace the challenge of new experiences and get help from people around you, you will get there. In fact, you may be surprised at just how much you can achieve. Ambition means knowing where you want to go, but it’s also about having the determination to get there.

Ceira (She / Her) | School Leaver Read full story

M&S is a business that really cares about its people. Overall, M&S has been nothing but supportive, encouraging me to push barriers, fulfil my potential, and figures out exactly what I want to do.

Cerys (She / Her) | Graduate Read full story
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Example career path

Whichever specialism you choose, you’ll finish this programme, continuing your career in Clothing and Home in roles such as Assistant Buyer, Assistant Merchandiser, or Online Commercial Manager.

You will have structured learning and development, but your career with M&S will be unique to you, with plenty of opportunity to accelerate at pace. Here’s an example of a common path many graduates completing the Clothing and Home Business Programme might take.

- Junior Merchandiser - Kidswear
- Merchandiser - Lingerie
- Trade Operations Manager
- Merchandising Lead - Womenswear
- Head of Buying & Merchandising - International

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Learning & support

Your development is our priority. We’ll give you a structured programme including mentoring, on-the-job training, and opportunities to solve real challenges that will help you build a long-term career at M&S. And, if we believe you can reach your potential faster, we will give you the tools and opportunities to do it. But the person who is really going to make this happen is you. With our support, we want you to own and drive your development.


How to apply

We’ll provide reasonable adjustments during the interview process. Just tell us what you need, and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you.

Application form

Your first step will be to complete our online application form and tell us more about who you are and why you want to work with us. 

You can only apply to one graduate or school leaver programme during this recruitment cycle that starts in October 2023.

We close our vacancies on a rolling basis and closing dates may be subject to change. We encourage you to submit your full application as soon as possible.

Online assessment

We’ll invite you to take part in an online assessment, where you can find out more about M&S whilst we find out more about you. 

Assessment stage

If your online assessment is successful, you’ll be invited to an assessment centre alongside your peers. The recruitment process for store-based roles will also include an opportunity to attend your final interview in one of our stores.

Clothing & Home Business Programme


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