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 Internship 2023
Already thinking about tomorrow? You’ve already got the makings of an M&S legend. Now, all you need is the opportunity to get started. Over 10 weeks as a Food Technology intern, we’ll give you that and more. If you have a passion for retail, a digital mindset and the inquisitiveness to find solutions for our customers, M&S is the place to be, at exactly the right time.
Food has always been at the heart of the M&S story. We were the first to introduce sell-by dates and the cold chain process. The first to ban hydrogenated fats from our foods and ditch artificial colours and flavours. All because our food technologists are the masters of food safety, quality, and legality. Something you could become too. In your time here, you’ll shadow them to get the inside scoop on how we do what we do. You’ll work on diverse projects, like preventing bacterial growth or measuring the texture of soft sweets – and you’ll learn how to bring new products to life. Meeting, greeting, eating. It’s all the exposure to people, products, and opportunities you need to begin your exciting food journey.
Here, you can go on to great things. This is your chance to get real experience at a diverse, global, digital-first retailer. And get an invaluable head-start over your competition when you leave university.
Key skills and experience
A passion for high-quality food
Confidence as a communicator and creative problem solver
A team first mentality
Be studying for an science degree, covering microbiology and HACCP
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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 partner or family member
Competitive holiday entitlement
Reduce your salary to get extra holiday (conditions apply)
We have discretionary bonus schemes depending on your role and our business performance
Save 3% of your pay into our Pension Saving Plan; we’ll add 6% more
Cover for twice your salary up to age 70 (double with our Pension Plan)
Save £5 – £500 monthly for three years with the option to buy discounted shares
Invest £10 - £150 monthly from your gross salary to buy M&S shares
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
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
Support favourite charities - donate through your pay or even volunteer for them
Information and support to help you manage your finances, from savings to money worries
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)