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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

Space, Range & Display 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 enjoy several rotations which will give you a bigger picture of the business. While zoning in on the fascinating world of Space, Range and Display (SRD). 

Protect the magic. Modernise the rest. Those are the words of our CEO, Stuart Machin – and the mantra you’ll learn to live by when you join our Space, Range & Display programme. Sitting in the Food Group, SRD is at the heart of M&S. Central to how our customers see us, working in this team means understanding how to launch new ranges in our Food stores, making business-critical decisions, and working to defined deadlines in a super-efficient way. Those skills combined are how we capture the imagination of our customers and keep them coming back to us, time and time again. Those skills are the ones that’ll set you up for a career as a future leader.

Key skills and experience  

  • The drive and enthusiasm to become a future leader 

  • A customer-first attitude and excellent communication skills 

  • The confidence to challenge the status quo and drive commercial decisions 

  • A passion for data and problem solving 

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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

Competitive holiday entitlement

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)