Department vision Clothing and Home
"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, Dot.com, 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, Dot.com 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 Dot.com. 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 Dot.com, 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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M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the retail industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. That’s why we’re revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. There’s never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact.
We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk flexible working.
If you consider yourself to require reasonable adjustments to any part of our recruitment process, we invite you to share those requirements with us when completing your application. We will make every effort to ensure your needs are met to provide a fair and transparent process of assessment.
Where I started
Today’s graduate; tomorrow’s legend. Many of our more senior colleagues and leaders started out in early careers positions. Some of whom follow a linear career path, many used their experiences and skills to move elsewhere in the business. Just know that you’ll be supported to follow the path you choose to carve for yourself, whatever that may be.
An example of a career path within Buying/Merchandising could be:
- Buying/Merchandising Admin Assistant
- Buying/Merchandising Assistant
- Assistant Buyer/Merchandiser
- Head of Buying/Merchandising
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:
- An online assessment taking approximately 45 minutes, focusing on your individual strengths
- An on-demand video interview
- 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 salaries are competitive and reviewed every year
Receive 20% discount in-store and online for you and a member of your household
Competitive holiday entitlement with the potential to buy extra holiday days.
We have discretionary bonus schemes depending on your role and our business performance
Cover for twice your salary up to age 70 (double with our Pension Plan)
Helping you to save through our Pension Savings Plan, Share Buy and Sharesave schemes.
Save on everyday costs through discounts and offers and get access to great health benefits
Cycle to work
Bike/accessory hire with Cycle to Work, and save on tax and national insurance
Buy the latest technology with interest-free financing directly from your salary
Health and Wellbeing
Resources to support your wellbeing, including a free virtual GP service.
Support favourite charities - donate through your pay or even volunteer for them