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"We’re protecting the magic of M&S – understanding what customers know and love us for – and modernising product so we can be market leaders in even more categories. To ensure we make M&S a staple in all homes and wardrobes, we need the people to support that objective – new talent and fresh thinking is integral. We have some of the best talent in the business."

Richard Price, Managing Director - Clothing, Home & Beauty

Clothing & Home Commercial Graduate Scheme 2023

Start date: September 2023

Commercial legends start here

Want to manage a massive range of merchandise? To put your passion for numbers into practice within a retail environment? And to gain exposure to the entire M&S product lifecycle? Then apply for our graduate programme in Commercial (Merchandising,, Supply Chain and Logistics). Manage our huge range of merchandise, ensuring we have the right stock, in the right place, at the right time – it’s never too soon to think about your commercial legacy in Clothing & Home.

On this programme, you’ll make Merchandising your mission. Through a broad range of experience across Supply Chain, and Merchandising you’ll become the well-rounded commercially minded Clothing & Home Merchandiser we need. Expect to hone your eye for data and sales numbers, learn all about our online platform, and discover the magic behind managing our stock.

Day to day, you could be delivering strategies and sales plans that drive commercial results, working with Buying and Sourcing teams to understand product lifecycles, or elevating the customer experience on our e-commerce site, which we call From shapewear to suits, you’ll work to define our best-selling buys, using your analytical prowess to pick apart the data behind each product’s success to secure our future. It’s a big responsibility, but a challenge you’ll relish.

Across two years, you’ll rotate every six months across key business areas. This will see you develop a deep but broad understanding of fashion retail. The final six months of the programme will give you the opportunity to select the area you want to specialise in.

No matter where you want to take your career with us, we’ll support you all the way. So, if after the programme, you’re keen to progress to Assistant Merchandiser, you see yourself climbing the ranks of Supply Chain and Logistics, or you want to reimagine, we have your back.

Ideally, you’ll hold a merchandising, analytical or business-related degree, although we’ll consider other degrees if you have retail experience. The talented people we look for are confident, highly organised and comfortable working under pressure. If you’re motivated and have high standards, you’re on your way to legendary success.

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Application Guidance

Legends seize the chance to use their strengths every day. That’s why we’re looking to see what makes you tick through the following assessment stages:

  1. An online assessment taking approximately 45 minutes, focusing on your individual strengths
  2. An on-demand video interview
  3. A final assessment stage; either at an assessment centre attended alongside peers, or a final interview

We’ll support anyone who requires reasonable adjustments to their application process – just let us know before the assessments start.

Some technical programmes may ask you to complete a short numerical reasoning test or a coding assessment. And most of our assessments are untimed, but we’ll make you aware of any timed elements in advance.

As a tip, avoid overly rehearsing your responses, especially for your video interview. We want you to be bold, be different, and be you.

Our Benefits


Our salaries are competitive and reviewed every year

Colleague discount

Receive 20% discount in-store and online for you and a partner or family member


Competitive holiday entitlement

Holiday buy

Reduce your salary to get extra holiday (conditions apply)


We have discretionary bonus schemes depending on your role and our business performance


Save 3% of your pay into our Pension Saving Plan; we’ll add 6% more

Life assurance

Cover for twice your salary up to age 70 (double with our Pension Plan)


Save £5 – £500 monthly for three years with the option to buy discounted shares


Invest £10 - £150 monthly from your gross salary to buy M&S shares

My choices

Save on everyday costs, recognise colleagues' success, and discover your wellbeing support and benefits

Cycle to work

Bike/accessory hire with Cycle to Work, and save on tax and national insurance

SMART tech

Buy the latest technology with interest-free financing directly from your salary

Health & Wellbeing

Save on you and your family's health expenses, gym memberships and active wear

Mental health support

24/7 support from PAM Wellbeing, including free counselling, CBT and support for your family

Giving back

Support favourite charities - donate through your pay or even volunteer for them

Financial wellbeing

Information and support to help you manage your finances, from savings to money worries

Celebration time

An extra day off per year to celebrate something special to you

Virtual GP services

Free, unlimited access to a qualified GP for you and your family (UK colleagues)