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"The vision for retail is straightforward; it’s about creating a remarkable omnichannel shopping experience every day. However our customers shop with us, whether in store, online, or with click and collect, our customers expect it to be simple and seamless. Our customers expect brilliant standards and service. We look to our store colleagues to embrace the digital experience. Our people are our greatest asset and are the very heart of our business. We want you to reach your potential, with pathways to help you thrive. No matter what your journey looks like, it's our job to help you find your way."

Helen Milford, Stores Director

Space, Range & Display Industrial Placement 2023

London, England

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.  

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 (SRD) Business Placement. 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 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 

Become a Legend of Tomorrow. Apply today.  

Job ID
39910
Closing Date
29/12/2022 14:00
Location(s)
London
Category
Early Careers, Business Placement

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

A minimum 28 days’ statutory holiday per year, pro-rata if you’re part time

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)