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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 Design Graduate Scheme 2023

Start date: September 2023

Creative legends start here

Do you have an eye for the latest fashion trends and your finger on the pulse as to what is hot right now? Are you creative with a flair for innovation? Then apply for our graduate programme in Design – because it’s never too soon to think about your future legacy.

On this programme, you’ll draw on your imagination and feel for fabrics, work alongside the Design teams in Clothing & Home, get involved with in-depth research, investigate new trends, and contribute towards designing products that will arrive in our stores. This is your opportunity to use your commercial outlook and customer-focused mindset to deliver designs with real, lasting impact. To make your mark on the world of fashion retail.

The programme lasts for two years, with four six-month rotations. Across these rotations, you’ll work within key business areas such as Menswear, Kidswear, Womenswear or Lingerie. When working in these business areas, you’ll meet global suppliers, discover the unique sells of working within our different departments, and decide where you want your career to take you. The final six months of the programme will give you the opportunity to select your final rotation in the area you want to specialise in.

Whether you want to go on to big things in our diverse, global organisation or use the programme to pursue your ultimate ambitions, we’ll give you the experience, mentoring and guidance to succeed.

Ideally, you’ll hold a design-related degree. Naturally, your sense of style will be legendary.

The talented people we’re looking for on this programme will be confident, highly organised and comfortable working under pressure. They’ll also be motivated and have high standards – these are critical to every future legend’s 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

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 member of your household

Time off

Competitive holiday entitlement with the potential to buy extra holiday days.


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

Life assurance

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

Workplace Savings

Helping you to save through our Pension Savings Plan, Share Buy and Sharesave schemes.

My choices

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

SMART tech

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.

Giving back

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