Department vision Food
"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 Technology Industrial Placement 2023
Want to be that someone who’s always one step ahead? Our business placements could be just the springboard you’re looking for. Spending 12 months with us, you won’t just learn what it takes to shape the retail industry; you’ll get the chance to show us how you’d do it. There’s something right here for everyone – and everyone’s welcome. Whatever your background, if you’ve got an insatiable appetite for doing things differently, you’re already one of us. All you need now is the experience, exposure, and opportunities to begin building your legacy. To make something more of tomorrow.
When it comes to food, we can be very serious people. It’s got to look delicious. Taste delicious. Each bite needs that special M&S magic – and that takes precision. Nobody quite realises how much care, skill and innovative thinking goes into our food, but that’s the secret. Joining this team, you’ll see behind-the-scenes and play your own part in delivering the quality our customers expect. You will spend 6 months in rotation in our Food Technology team and also get to spend 6 months in a rotation with one of our suppliers, so you’ll get to see it all! Mentored by our technology experts, you’ll push the boundaries of food technology in mouth-watering ways and discover where one of the world’s most creative culinary environments could take you.
Key skills and experience
A degree or food science related qualification
A serious passion for food
Enjoys working as part of a close-knit team
Is future-focussed, customer-obsessed and proactive
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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.
Where I started
Today’s graduate; tomorrow’s legend. Many of our more senior colleagues and leaders started out in early careers positions. Some of whom follow a linear career path, many used their experiences and skills to move elsewhere in the business. Just know that you’ll be supported to follow the path you choose to carve for yourself, whatever that may be.
An example of a career path within Food could be:
- Food Technologist
- Senior technologist
- Technical Manager
- Category Technical Manager
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.
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