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"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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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 partner or family member

Holidays

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

Holiday buy

Reduce your salary to get extra holiday (conditions apply)

Bonus

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

Pension

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)

Sharesave

Save £5 – £500 monthly for three years with the option to buy discounted shares

Sharebuy

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)