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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 Product Graduate Scheme 2023

Clothing and Home Graduate Programmes: Product (Buying, Marketing and 

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 – 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,, 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 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 – 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  

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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)