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"Our successful Food business delivers marketing-leading quality, freshness, innovation and value. But we’re not done there. We're always in the market for new ideas and increased drive in our quest to be a leader in the food industry, our early careers’ talent plays a big role in that. We want people who are not only ambitious for themselves, but for the business and their colleagues. It’s a team game, every single colleague involved with the food group has a major role to play in our strategy."

George Wright, Commercial Director – Food

Food Marketing Graduate Programme 2023

M&S is known for its incredible food and legendary marketing. This is your chance to experience both. You’ll join a team that’s engaged in the latest forms of everything from digital marketing to creative advertising. You’ll learn how to lead campaigns and acquire a broader skillset by rotating across five different placements. You just need to decide where you fit in best and choose between one of two streams. 

On the one hand, you could pursue the more analytical route of customer insights, social media metrics, and customer relationships and loyalty. While on the other, you could demonstrate your creative side by promoting events, delivering TV, radio and press advertising, and managing PR and influencer campaigns. But, whatever you choose to specialise in, you will have the opportunity to experience all these areas and more – while developing an intimate knowledge of our world-famous brands. 

Want to build a legacy you’ll look back on with pride? Join the creative, digital and commercial legends of tomorrow on our most innovative grad scheme yet. Intentionally designed to help you shape the fast-moving world of retail, it’s a masterclass in technical training, structured mentorship, and 360-feedback. Spanning 18-24 months, you’ll enjoy several rotations which will give you a bigger picture of the business. 

Key skills and experience 

We’re on the hunt for… 

  • A highly driven, passionate and energised personality – ideally a massive ‘foodie’.   

  • You’re super organised, care about every little detail and can juggle an exciting mix of tasks all at once. 

  • A digital native with the ability to pick up new technologies quickly. 

  • An analytical, critical mind that knows its audience, with a creative eye for what they want. 

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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)