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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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    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 Tech could be:

  • Software Engineer
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Manager
  • Head of Software Engineering

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


Our salaries are competitive and reviewed every year

Colleague discount

Receive 20% discount in-store and online for you and a member of your household

Time off

Competitive holiday entitlement with the potential to buy extra holiday days.


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

Life assurance

Cover for twice your salary up to age 70 (double with our Pension Plan)

Workplace Savings

Helping you to save through our Pension Savings Plan, Share Buy and Sharesave schemes.

My choices

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

SMART tech

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.

Giving back

Support favourite charities - donate through your pay or even volunteer for them