Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Supply Chain Management Trainee

Plymouth, Devon Unknown
Melbreck Technical are working with a global leader in the engineering sector who specialise in fluid control, filtration, and pneumatics. Every year, they look to identify a supply chain graduate to

Graduate Purchasing and Planning Assistant

WV10, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County) Unknown
Recruitment Pursuits Commercial are working in collaboration with one of the West Midlands fastest growing companies’ in their search for a recent graduate to take on the role of Planning and pu

Sports Graduate

Bristol, Bristol (County) Unknown
Posturite is the UK Leader in ergonomic equipment and posture products. We provide people, organisations and businesses with the best ergonomic equipment to help increase productivity and protect long

Graduate Administration & Customer Service - Entry Level

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
Entry Level Administration Assistant, Kingston upon Thames Upto £20,000 per annum ARE YOU A GRADUATE (OR EQUIVALENT) WHO IS LOOKING TO BUILD UPON THEIR OFFICE EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE GOOD ORGANI

Graduate Office Administrator

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
Graduate opportunity – currently seeking for a administrator who has excellent customer service experience. £18,000 – £21,000 per annum and must live locally or within a commut

Calling all graduates - New opportunities

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
Seeking a customer focused graduate (or equivalent) who has 1+ years in administration Upto £21,000 per annum A new opportunity has arisen to work for an innovative technology organisation in Ki

Graduate Technical Assistant (2 month contract)

London Unknown
Graduate Technical Assistant (FTC) Food Manufacturing London £24,000 pro rata Looking for your first job can be daunting. It’s not an easy decision. You want to enjoy it, you want to get p

Graduate Commercial Management Scheme

StokeonTrent Unknown
Graduate Commercial Management Scheme, Stoke-on-Trent Sector: Manufacturing This client is a recognised leaders in their field. They're looking to expand their 2,000 strong employee network with

Graduate Scheme, Birmingham

Birmingham Unknown
Graduate Scheme, Birmingham £20,000-23,000 p.a. We’re on the lookout for highly driven candidates to join a client of ours in Birmingham on their brand new Graduate Scheme! Working

Graduate Quality Assurance

Hitchin Unknown
Coulter Elite Resourcing – Recruitment Specialists are now recruiting for a Graduate Quality Assurance (QA) for their client based in Hitchin. This is a career building opportunity for a univers

PPC Executive - Graduate/Entry Level

Acton Unknown
DESCRIPTION Working in a growing, but extremely dynamic marketing team, the PPC Executive will support the paid search team to continuously improve the paid search performance of Carphone Warehouse, e

Business Management Graduate

Plymouth, Devon Unknown
Have you graduated with a Business Management degree and are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity? Wise Employment are currently on the lookout for determined, vibrant graduates who are look

Retail Graduate Jobs & Graduate Retail Schemes.

The latest Retail Graduate Jobs and schemes can be found here. In this section we take an indepth look into Retail Graduate Schemes & Retail Graduate Jobs. We’ll discuss Retail Graduate Jobs in London and UK wide. The salaries, training and rewards for retail graduate programs.
retail graduate schemes Retail Graduate Jobs

What is Retail?

Retail is the sale of goods, for use or consumption to the public in fairly small quantities.




Types of Retail Graduate Jobs

There's a wide variety Retail Graduate Schemes & Graduate Retail Job titles. A few of the common ones are:
Retail manager, Retail buyer, Sales executive, Customer service manager, Merchandiser, Logistics Analyst.

Salaries for Retail Graduate Schemes & Retail Graduate Jobs .

There's actually a fairly big difference between employers, job type and locations.
Some of the top schemes are below.
Lidl Buying Graduate scheme. Salaries are £38,000 to £57,500.
Aldi Area manager graduate training programme. Salaries are £42,000 plus an Audi A4.
Lidl Graduate store manager scheme. Salaries are £32,000 to £40,000.

The High Fliers report states the Median salary for their survey of the top 100 is £26,000.

However these salaries are far beyond the average. In general we have found that retail graduate schemes will pay between £18,000 and £25,000 in the first year.

Benefits of Retail Graduate Schemes & Retail Graduate Jobs .

The salaries in retail management positions and senior buying positions can be strong.
There is very often strong training on the retail management programmes.
Some retail graduate schemes provides outstanding non-vocational benefits. John Lewis provides graduates with a leisure learning subsidy. Graduates can claim back half the costs of recognised non-vocational courses such as music, languages or arts.

Other benefits of retail graduate jobs and schemes:
Pension scheme: Most include employer contributions.
Holiday: usually 20 - 25 days excluding bank holidays.
Staff discounts: pretty much all retailers will offer a discount on their products and most will have an employee discount scheme for other retail partners.
Healthcare: larger retailers are more likely to provide this.
Company car: Some graduate schemes provide this. Particularly Lidl and Aldi.

Requirements for Retail Graduate Schemes & Retail Graduate Jobs .

Most major retail graduate schemes require a 2:1. Although there are exceptions. They will also look for strong A Levels and GCSEs in Maths and English.

As mentioned above other key qualities include leadership and management, problem-solving, customer service skills and selling abilities. Retail Managers will particularly need to be strong decision makers and leaders. Buyers will need to show business sense, and creativity. Merchandisers will need to show strong analytical and planning skills.

Top Employers with Retail Graduate Schemes.

There are several lists revealed each year with top retail employers. The Times Top 100 reports the, 'definitive guide to Britain's most prestigious and sought-after employers of graduates'. This year in retail there were several employers. These included:
Aldi, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's, Apple, McDonald's Restaurants and Asda.
Each year the Guardian releases the The Guardian UK 300. It’s worth looking out for this. There is a section for top graduate retail employers. Here are the top 10 for 2014: Amazon, John Lewis Partnership, M&S, Arcadia, Boots, Tesco, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Body Shop, The Co-Operative & Sainsbury's.

Tips for Retail Graduate CVs & Applications

The general layout of a CV is always similar. See our CV tips section for advice. If applying for a retail graduate schemes there are a few skills that you want to include. Highlight events in work, community and sporting groups. For each state the task and outcome. These key skills include leadership and management, problem-solving, customer service skills and selling abilities.

Qualifications Attained on Retail Graduate Schemes.

Dependent upon the job role, on retail graduate schemes you could work towards a few different qualifications.

Websites with More Information on Graduate Career Paths & Qualifications
CIPS - Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
Bira - British Independent Retailers Association
CILT - The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport