Department vision Support Centre
"Our Support Centre colleagues work together to build the M&S of the future – making it an even more amazing place to work than it is today. We create the M&S magic using a people-first and digital-centric approach to deliver business results and objectives. Retail is fast-moving so we continue to adapt to the changing consumer landscape, the macro trends that shape the world of work and the needs of our colleagues. I joined M&S through a graduate scheme and have loved the variety. We’re building a place to work that feels special and remarkable with people and their wellbeing at the heart of what we do."
Sarah Findlater, Group Human Resources Director
Finance Graduate Programme 2023
Finance legends start here
Do you want to play a key role in transforming our business? Want to help us make data-driven decisions, learn to identify what’s driving our commercial performance, and be part of the finance team of the future? Then apply for our graduate programme in Finance – because it’s never too soon to think about your future legacy.
On this programme, you’ll grasp the opportunity to see how our Finance team adds huge value to our wider business. It’s a truly exciting time to join as we transform the way we work by making our operations leaner and more effective. Explore our people-first digital-centric approach to finance as you discover the kind of professional you want to be. And ignite your passion for retail in our supportive environment, aimed at broadening your understanding through dedicated financial activities.
Over 36 months, you’ll complete rotations across the Finance team. You can expect to spend time in technical, commercial and operational areas, where you’ll develop your skills, knowledge and understanding across the board. Empowering the business to make decisions which are driven by the data and ensure the right tools, processes and governance are in place in doing so. You’ll do all of this while completing your professional qualifications, which means you’ll be a fully qualified legend by the time you complete the programme.
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.
You don’t need a specific degree to apply for this programme, but you’ll need a passion for retail, a taste for numbers and an interest in business. While it’s a bonus if you’re part-qualified for CIMA or ACCA, it’s not a requirement and we’ll fully support your studies.
After the programme, we expect you’ll move on to a finance analyst role, before taking on finance manager and senior manager roles as you grow your career.
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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.
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