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Our food is not just any food. And it’s always changing as we look for innovative ways to bring great-quality, delicious food to our customers every day. 

About the role

On this programme, you’ll experience different areas of our Food business and discover first-hand how they work together, bringing exceptional quality, value and innovation to our customers.

What you'll be doing
There are various functions in Food, each playing a vital part in bringing our unique quality own-brand products to customers.

You’ll hit the ground running with a 4-month placement at one of our Food stores, getting your sleeves rolled up and stuck in, learning what it takes to run a successful Food business.

After your time in store, you will get insight into key areas of our Food business to help you build your understanding of each function, including Product Development, Food Technology, Finance and HR.

You’ll then move on to your chosen specialism in the Commercial or Product stream. In Product, you’ll learn how to spearhead pioneering products from concept to shelf and how to display them in-store. In Commercial, you’ll learn how to get the right products to the right place at the right time, analysing customer data to forecast and ordering new product ranges for our stores.
What you'll need
Everything we create, we create for customers, so we look for people who are customer and product-obsessed. You’ll need to be a team player who tells it as it is, who wants to aim higher and learn fast. Our food products are world-famous and high-quality, so a genuine interest in business and love for food is important.

You don’t need to have a specific degree, but if you choose to specialise in Commercial, you’ll need to be numerical, have an analytical mind, and be comfortable interpreting data. If Product is your passion, you’ll need an eye for detail and an enthusiasm for innovation and creative thinking.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK for the full duration of their preferred programme.
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The reason I love it so much is because the things I do feel like they’re actually making an impact. You get the opportunity to present to people who really value your opinion, and it’s nice seeing the work you do being put into play, especially when you’re making a difference for your store colleagues.

Daire (He / Him) | Graduate Read full story

I like seeing the bigger picture, understanding how everything works, and then finding ways to improve it. What I really appreciate about the M&S graduate scheme is that I get to learn something new, become the expert in it, and then build on that knowledge in the next challenge – like looking at how we can grow our Foods business.

Busola (She / Her) | Graduate Read full story

Because M&S is such a big company, there are so many varied roles and teams, and there’s always something new going on, whether it’s a marketing campaign, a new product innovation, or an event. This is your opportunity to try out a whole range of roles, while working for an established brand with great products.

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

If you choose to specialise in Commercial, you’ll finish this programme with the opportunity to continue your career in roles such as a Buyer or Analyst. And if you want to be a Product Specialist, you could look forward to roles such as a Product Developer or Food Events 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 path someone completing our Food Business Programme might take.

- Product Developer
- Product Development Manager
- Trends and Insights Manager
- Head of Product

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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.

Food Business Programme


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