ASDA is one of UK’s premier retailers, employing over 170,000 people and operating more than 400 supermarkets and stores. ASDA has been a subsidiary of Wal-Mart since 1999.
The three-year fast-track Graduate Training programme is designed as a combination of formal and on-the-job training, with business-specific courses within each sub-programme. Overall, general training across departments, stores and distribution centres is categorised as below:
A ‘Best Welcome’ induction programme including an overview of Wal-Mart; Three months of job-specific training, covering internal employees moving into managerial roles; training in store management and distribution centre appreciation for all graduate training, followed by role-based formal training; Creation of a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for each employee/trainee and support for completing professional qualifications for roles based in Finance, Retail Management, etc.
All graduate trainees undergo bespoke training at the company’s Stores of Learning (SOL) centre, which is a training facility attached to ASDA stores in 16 locations around the UK. The training period at SOL is based on-the-job and can run up to 12 weeks. Formal performance appraisals are conducted twice a year, in consultation with the respective line managers and mentors.
Department-specific placements and training under each programme are as below:
Trading: After the induction, trainees spend 12 weeks at an SOL facility, followed by a 12-month placement in the Buying Department. In the second year, trainees are designated as Trainee Buyers and manage an entire product range under the supervision of a Buyer. At the end of three years, graduates are appointed as Buyers, responsible for their own department.
Finance: Graduates spend time in multiple placements across the entire Finance division, including accounts payable, distribution finance and working across different types of stores and retail outlets. Trainees also spend time in acquiring a CIMA qualification during the three-year programme.
Distribution Management: Initial training is provided at the Distribution Academy, followed by placements at distribution depots, across multiple locations and product groups. Trainees are placed in a Line Manager role upon completion of the training period.
E-Commerce: Placements across different units within the department, covering online shopping, catalogue sales and home shopping markets.
IT Solutions Management: Systems and technology infrastructure training across all business levels, including central payroll, inventory management and supplier payments.
Supply Chain: Trainees undergo intensive structured and on-the-job training in managing global suppliers, liaising with buyers, traders and store managers, to complete the full loop between sourcing of products to placing them on store shelves.
Internships & Placements
At present, vacation placements and industrial work experience programmes are conducted in specific departments, stores and distribution centres on a need-basis. Interested candidates need to contact these departments, stores or distribution centres directly for further details.
For more information on apprenticeships at ASDA, head over to their site.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Employees joining under ASDA’s graduate programme receive a starting salary of £23,000, with two annual revisions during the three-year programme. The benefits package includes the following:
24-day annual holidays, increasing with length of service; Annual bonus payment; Share Save plan and pension scheme; Childcare vouchers and subsidised dental and health insurance; Free eye testing at ASDA Opticians; Discounted airport parking facilities; Subsidised travel insurance and 10% discount on all shopping at ASDA stores; Six flexible-working programmes, based on length of service and business requirements; Night Manager shift allowance between £3,000 and £5,000 per annum; Membership of ASDA Law Club with minimal subscription fees for legal assistance; Long service and outstanding performance awards for individual contributions.
Graduate-entry opportunities are available in the following business areas at ASDA: Trading, Finance, Distribution Management/Logistics, E-Commerce, IT Solutions Management, and Supply Chain. Educational qualifications may differ depending upon the area of business chosen; these are listed below.
Trading: 2:1 honours degree in any discipline; candidates with a buying/merchandising related degree have an extra advantage.
Finance: 2:1 honours degree in Accountancy, Business, Finance or related disciplines.
Distribution Management: 2:2 honours degree in any discipline.
E-Commerce, IT Solutions Management and Supply Chain: 2:1 honours degree in any discipline.
All the above graduate programmes last for three years and offer fast-track progression to senior management roles. The main placement is at ASDA House in Leeds.
How To Apply
The graduate recruitment programme is available in six divisions (not including Retail Management, which is for internal recruits only). Applications can be submitted from 1 October each year and the schemes remain open till all available vacancies are filled.
Therefore, candidates should send in their applications as soon as possible, most of the programmes have a September starting date. Online applications for all programmes and vacancies are available here.
The overall recruitment process is comprised of three main stages, described below:
Stage 1: Completion of online aptitude tests and submission of completed application forms.
Stage 2: Attending an assessment centre (ASDA Reality) consisting of multiple exercises at individual and group levels, including completion of a pre-assessment project.
Stage 3: Interview with a senior manager from the business division in which the role applied for is placed.
An offer is made to successful candidates after the final interview and the full process is completed by July each year, for a start date in September.
All queries on recruitment and jobs should be sent through the online contact form at http://www.asda.jobs/contact-us/.