Department vision Tech
"Our vision is to be a simple, agile business with technology at its heart, continually improving the end-to-end experience for our customers. Technology is changing at an exponential rate, and we constantly need fresh talent with new ideas, perspective and skills to keep us innovating for our customers and help us get a little better every day. By researching, innovating, developing, driving change and operating and supporting end to end – at M&S, if you build it, you own it."
Mike Yorwerth, Chief Technology Officer
Software Engineering Graduate Programme 2023
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 rotate around our business up to four times – each time earning, learning and experiencing it all. While zoning in on the fascinating ‘M&OS’ approach to software engineering.
You’ll work closely with talented software engineers, product managers, scrum masters and technical programme managers, discover how a truly innovative business evolves in its ways of working. Depending on your team, you might interact with specialists such as data scientists, UX/UI designers and analytics experts. Every day is a new lesson in building and managing high-quality, reliable software with a high degree of automation in the cloud. With mentoring from more senior engineers, you’ll produce clean, innovative code through code reviews and pair programming. You’ll generate fresh ideas and target team objectives through collaborative whiteboarding sessions. And, ultimately, you’ll develop the judgement and vision that sets good engineers and great engineers apart.
Key skills and experience
Some experience with React.js, Java, Python or Mobile App Development using Swift.UI (either through personal or commercial projects)
Solid knowledge of OO programming concepts
Good understanding of HTML5 / CSS3 / SASS
Knowledge and understanding of microservices architecture (REST/ GraphQL)
Has knowledge of SDLC using Scrum and/or Kanban
Appreciates the difference between Unit testing / Integration testing / BDD / TDD
Some knowledge of distributed version controls systems like Git
Basic understanding of software development practices, continuous integration, and DevOps: you build it, you run it
Good communication skills, both written and spoken and able to adjust for different audiences
An ambition to be an open-source contributor, technology writer or speaker
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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)