From their humble beginnings as a single market stall, Marks & Spencer have grown to become one of the UK's leading retailers, selling stylish, high quality, great value clothing and home products, as well as outstanding quality food, responsibly sourced from around 2,000 suppliers globally.
They now employ 78,000 employees in the UK and abroad, have more than 700 UK stores and serve over 21 million customers each and every week.
They’ve got big plans for the future too. As well as strengthening the core UK business, M&S are growing into an international multi-channel retailer, making the M&S brand more accessible to more customers around the world. Not forgetting Plan A, their180-point plan to tackle environmental issues with the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.
The M&S graduate programmes offer a range of opportunities across their different business areas. The majority of vacancies are for the Retail Management scheme, where you’ll work towards becoming a Commercial Manager in an M&S store.
You don’t need a particular degree, but you do need to be good with people, and have a sound commercial understanding.
There is also an 18-month HR scheme, where you’ll spend time with both -store and Head Office HR teams. And if you have a relevant degree, you could apply for a Head Office role – like IT, Design, Buying, Merchandising, Product or Food Technology.
Wherever you join, the end of the programme will be just the start of your career with M&S – one that will let you shape and grow the business.
Internships & Placements
If you need to do a work placement as part of your degree, there’s no better place to get retail experience than M&S. With opportunities in Retail Management, HR, E-commerce, Food Technology, Food Product Development, Product Design or Per Una, their placement schemes have even been given a Quality Mark by the National Council for Work Experience.
Almost all M&S placements last for 12 months, starting in July. However, placements for Food Product Developers and Food Technologists last for six months, and run from July to December.
Marks & Spencer have an eighteen month Trainee Management Scheme for school leavers.
Their programme is more than a fast track to a Commercial Manager. It’s the way for you to get the range of retail expertise you need to develop a long and successful career with them. Through a combination of on-the-job learning, real-life project work, and development activities, you’ll get to know retail management inside out – all while receiving the best reward package on the high street.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Bring your high standards, hard work and commitment to doing the right thing for customers and colleagues, and you won’t have to wait to feel the benefit of working for a leading employer like M&S. Not just a competitive salary and the essential benefits you’d expect, but also a range of flexible rewards you can tailor to your individual needs.
Starting salaries for the graduate schemes range from £23,500 – £28,000, depending on the scheme and location. Business placement interns are paid £17,500-£19,500. On top of your salary, there are all sorts of benefits and perks for M&S graduates.
- Up to four weeks’ holiday
- Interest-free loan for season tickets for travel
- Up to 20% discount off most M&S products for you and your partner/member of family at your address
- If you’re working instore, you’ll also be able to buy up to six items of M&S clothing a month with a discount of up to 40%
- Discounts on everything from on Apple iPods and iPads; gym membership; theme park tickets; health club joining fees; RAC membership; and holidays at resorts in the UK.
- M&S offer a Defined Contribution plan to new employees. If you pay into the plan, the company will too, and these contributions will be invested.
Retail experience is of course an advantage for any of the graduate schemes, but those interested in any of the Head Office graduate schemes should ideally have a degree in a relevant discipline.
Business placements are open to those studying a degree programme with an industrial work experience component.