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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 Product Graduate Scheme 2023

Clothing and Home Graduate Programmes: Product (Buying, Marketing and Dot.com) 

Start date: September 2023 

Legendary buyers start here

Do you want to learn how to source the best products, at the best prices, from all over the world? Want to find out how we market and sell our products? Then apply for our graduate programme in Product (Buying, Marketing and Dot.com) – because it’s never too soon to think about your future legacy. 

On this programme, you’ll work across all business areas and develop a deep-but-broad understanding of fashion retail. This is your opportunity to experience life as one of our talented Buyers.  

Day to day, you could be looking at upcoming trends to plan and buy new ranges, collaborating with the Marketing team to shape advertising campaigns and promotions, or working with our e-commerce arm, Dot.com, to ensure a great online experience while maximising sales. 

Across two years, you will rotate every 6 months into key business areas in Buying, Marketing and Dot.com. These rotations will give you a key insight into the smooth operation we run, while pushing you to explore your career growth. You’ll work across our business, learning how to lead within all teams. You’ll learn what it takes to scour the planet for the best products at the best prices. The final 6 months of the programme will give you the opportunity to select your final rotation in the area you want to specialise in. 

There are infinite routes you can take within Buying, Marketing and Dot.com – and no matter which route you choose, we’ll support you through relevant experience, mentoring and guidance. 

For this programme, you’ll ideally hold a Buying, Marketing or similar degree, with an interest in identifying customer trends. The talented people we’re looking for will be confident, highly organised and comfortable working under pressure. Legends are motivated and have high standards – and these will be critical to your success. 

After the programme, you’ll progress to an Assistant Buyer role or an equivalent position in Marketing or Dot.com.  

Please note this job is closed. Register your interest here

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

Pay

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.

Bonus

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