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M&S became one of the nation’s largest retailers by being committed to customer excellence and always striving for perfection. For those graduates pursuing the same goals, we have structured programmes tailored to helping you succeed with us. "
Co-op offers a different approach to big business; one that’s down to earth and straightforward. Across our multiple areas, from food to insurance, our 70,000 people work together to make our decent, fair, ethically and morally strong business succeed."
John Lewis has been providing customers with the best products and services for over 150 years, and we’re constantly searching for fresh new ideas to meet our customers’ needs. If you’re up to the challenge, our opportunities for graduates are enormous."
We’re constantly on the lookout for talented graduates, which is why we hire new staff all year round. To be successful at Sainsburys, you’ll need to think fast and adapt quickly as we’ll put you in a highly visible position from the beginning of your career."
A Mcdonalds' Graduate Scheme offers something for everyone. If you’re passionate, energetic and eager to learn we can support you to develop in a way that suits you. We are proud to offer flexible work to accommodate your other commitments. "
It is an exciting time to become a Lidl Graduate as there are significant plans for development over the next few years. The programme will give back what you put in and for those with raw ambition there will be a bright future ahead with our company.
Dyson is growing. The next few years are going to be our biggest and busiest since we launched the first bagless vacuum cleaner that launched our journey. It's exciting times here at Dyson and you could be a part of it.
We’re on the hunt for potential future leaders to drive our business performance at Boots with fresh thinking and innovation. From Graduate Programmes through to Work Experience, we’ve got opportunities that will fit your interests and ambitions if you have a passion for retail."
Net-A-Porter is an online luxury fashion brand and we heavily rely on technology for the success of our business. This is a unique opportunity to join a rapidly expanding business who have placed on The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies four years in a row.
Harrods is an iconic London department store – but we also run Harrods Bank, Harrods Estates, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods, so we have multiple opportunities for graduates. From distribution to copywriting, we welcome employees from all disciplines."
If you know the KFC brand, you’ll know that we're all about creating the moments of joy that make life so good. We are the world's second-largest restaurant chain, with 200 sales each second - so we need great people to keep our customers smiling."
You may know us as being the quirky, down-to-earth supermarket that provides its customers with great quality and exceptional value. We’re also one of the most impressive retailers in the global business market today. Come join our team and you’ll soon learn why we’re voted as a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer."
Pizza Hut was built on the belief that pizza night should be special. We nurture talent and our Head Office is full of people who have worked their way up the ladder. If you’re passionate, hard-working and dedicated, we will help you fulfil your potential. "
At Abercrombie, our graduates play an important part in the growth of our brands and in return, we build and develop them as a working professionals in a one-of-a-kind A&F corporate culture. We believe there is no better way to live our brands than to grow them from within the business. "
Royal Mail is a household name in the United Kingdom, which is unsurprising, as we a service to more than 29 million addresses. In our carefully crafted schemes our graduates are prepared to tackle a challenging but rewarding career with our company. "
Since Ocado was established in 2000 we grown from strength to strength. Now, we have 580,000 active customers shopping with us. To continue this rapid development, we need motivated graduates who are problem-solvers, innovative thinkers and proactive leaders."
At New Look we celebrate difference, innovative ideas and inclusive fashion. If you’re up for the challenge of being in a fast-paced work environment, we offer graduate opportunities in IT, Finance and Ecommerce. Check them out on our website."
At Next we’re always on the lookout for future talent. If you’re energetic and passionate about our fashion brand we’d like to hear from you. We have numerous graduate opportunities available in our Head Office – from IT, to buying, to marketing. "
eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers from around the world, empowering small businesses everywhere and creating economic opportunity for all. We aspire to make extraordinary things possible for each other, for our customers, for our employers and for you We’ve been operating for more than 20 years and we're just as passionate about it today as when we founded the company in 1995. Discover our opportunities today."
MORE Graduate JOBS

Retail graduates are the innovators of how we choose and buy products - from shoes to vacuum cleaners to soup. Graduate retail jobs will always be essential, and might provide more wide-ranging opportunities than you expect - learn about careers in this area below.

How much can I earn as a Store Manager?
Whilst store manager salaries might appear modest, if you rise up to become a store or regional manager for a well known brand you could see you pay packet increase hugely. Average salaries for the following jobs, according to Pay Scale, are:
  • Sales assistant: Up to £17,000
  • Store manager: £23,306
  • Area/regional manager: £35,174
Graduate schemes that are specifically structured to train bright grads up as store managers can pay as much as £40,000.
What qualifications do I need to be a Store Manager?
Although many store managers are hired internally or from people who started as school leavers, many retailers also offer fast track schemes for university graduates to enter into retail management positions. Most large retail companies, from fashion brands to supermarkets, will also recruit for their graduate schemes on a yearly basis, offering structured schemes lasting around two years to high quality graduates. These graduate schemes can be extremely lucrative. The application criteria and the specific details of the scheme will depend on the employer.
What skills do I need to be a Store Manager?
The main skill that you need to work as a store manager within the retail sector is communication – building relationships with people and ensuring they have the best experience possible in your store is key. Other hugely important skills include:
  • Teamwork
  • Patience
  • Ability to be proactive
  • Calmness
  • Multi-tasking
What experience do I need to get a job in Store Management?
Any retail experience that you can get, whether it is through work shadowing or spending your weekends behind the checkout, will give you a head start when applying for a job as a store manager. Likewise, any business or administration experience is likely to demonstrate that you have an understanding of what is required of the job. Contact organisations directly and see if they have a position for you.