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Customer Assistant-Service-and-safety assistant-Earls Court

Location(s) London Job ID 34156 Contract Part time Hours 32 Contract Type Permanent Shift Late Night Salary and Benefits 11.45

Change the way we connect with customers

M&S is changing for good and helping you shape your own career for the better. Join us as a Customer Assistant in one of our ever-evolving stores and opportunities will present themselves. Whether you’re thinking of your future at M&S or simply looking for experience in a revolutionary retail business.

We’re totally transforming the customer experience in store, which means you’ll need to bring an upbeat confidence and passion for M&S that shines through every hour of every day. And you’ll also need a digital mindset, because we’re introducing all sorts of new technologies to make your job easier. Freeing up your time to focus on the best bits, like spending time with the customer. If you have all this, you’ll get the recognition you deserve as a true customer favourite – who’s living and breathing the new and improved M&S journey.

You already know us for product innovation and uncompromising quality, but we need to keep on surprising our customers with all the ways you can help them. So when it comes to questions on anything in-store, you’ll really know your stuff. And if our customers are not quite sure what they’re after, you’ll impress with your attention and ability to tell them why they need a certain product in their life. You’ll have a bright energy that customers can’t help but respond to, always gearing towards making welcome recommendations and improving sales. There are lots of ways you can discover your potential at M&S. You just have to put your all into every moment, for every customer.

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Career Path

Customer Assistant

Team Support Manager

Team Manager

Area Manager/Support Office Roles

Store Manager

Deputy Store Manager

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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.


A minimum 28 days’ statutory holiday per year, pro-rata if you’re part time.

Holiday Buy

You can reduce your salary in exchange for up to one contractual week of additional holiday, subject to eligibility and National Living Wage requirements.


We have discretionary bonus schemes depending on the role that you do and the performance of our business.


If you save 3% of your pay into our Pension Saving Plan we will add an extra 6%. More details at

Life Assurance

Free cover of two times your annual salary up to age 70. If you pay into our Pension Saving Plan we double this to four times.


Allows you to save between £5 and £500 per month for three years with the option to buy shares at a 20% discount – or simply take your savings back.


Invest between £10 and £150 each month from your gross salary to buy M&S shares and build up an investment.

My Choices

Enjoy savings on everyday costs to holidays, recognise your colleague’s success and get more information and support on your wellbeing & benefits.

Cycle to Work

Hire a bike and accessories through Cycle to Work and save on tax and national insurance.


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

Health & Wellbeing

Save money on you and your families medical and dental expenses. Get great discounts on gym memberships, active wear, and health products.

Mental Health Support

Free 24/7 support from our expert health and wellbeing partners PAM Wellbeing - including free counselling and CBT as well as support for your family.

Giving Back

Support charities you care about the most by donating through your pay or even volunteer for them for one day.

Financial Wellbeing

Access to information and support to help you manage your finances from long term savings to managing your debt or money worries.

Celebration Time

Celebration time provides additional time off (up to one day per year) for a special occasion.

Virtual GP service

Free and unlimited access to a qualified GP for all UK colleagues and their families.

Customer Assistant-Service-and-safety assistant-Earls Court

 Work Pattern

Sun 15:00-20:00
Tuesday: 17:00-23:30
Wednesday 17:00-23:30
Thursday 17:00-23:30
Saturday 17:00-23:30

Key Accountabilities and Measures

  • Clearly identified to provide customers with a visible presence at the beginning of their shopping journey
  • Confidently welcome customers to the store with a smile and by making eye contact, and use a range of greeting techniques known to deter theft from the store
  • Flexible and trained to support other areas within the store i.e. Foods, C&H, Operations
  • Be knowledgeable of the store, support key marketing messages, latest products and top questions (e.g. what time do you close?)
  • Assist customers in navigating the store, recognising when a customer needs help and provide the right level of support
  • Thank our customers for shopping with us when they exit
  • Deal calmly and empathetically with people in a variety of retail circumstances, including confrontational situations
  • Respond to door alarms in a sincere and apologetic manner, resolving any issues the customer may have
  • Be a visible deterrent against violence, anti-social behaviour, targeted theft, till snatches and criminal activity to support a safe shopping environment.
  • Identify and monitor suspicious persons, activity or theft and take appropriate customer engaging actions as required to deter
  • Ensure all incidents are reported through the M&S Incident reporting process either through the Hicom app (on the Honey well) or into the Security Operations Centre, and to the police where necessary
  • Ensure that persons served with a trespass notice do not re-enter the site
  • Responsible for carrying store radio and engaging with police and other security personnel to improve service to M&S, this may include crime partnership meetings, agreed police meetings, shop watch schemes
  • Apprehend external thieves (only if necessary) in line with business policy and only if all components of theft are seen
  • Report any incidents of known or suspected internal theft or malpractice

Key Skills

  • Being confident with an easily felt presence and friendly and natural personality is essential
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to engage customers with ease
  • Ability to remain focussed at greeting customers and deterring suspicious activity
  • To have a natural empathy with our M&S brand and values, including service behaviours
  • To be self-motivated, willing to improvise and suggest or try new approaches
  • Able to maintain high standards of appearance and uniform standards
  • No requirement to be licensed, but good observation skills would be a benefit

Key Relationships and Stakeholders

  • Store Management team
  • Store Colleagues
  • Operational Security Manager
  • Regional teams (RLPMs/RCOMs)
  • Store Detectives
  • SOC
  • Police
  • Local Networks
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