Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Account Manager

Uxbridge Unknown
Graduate Account Manager – Uxbridge – £25,000 (up to £34,000 in OTE) Sector: Water Filtration Systems A household name and a leading provider of beverage filtration systems gl

Junior/graduate buyer

Waterlooville Unknown
This role will support and execute the material ordering and delivery strategy. The role of the junior buyer will be to ensure all material requirements are communicated effectively and are in line wi

Commercial Graduate/Trainee | Growing Business | Progression

Milton Keynes Unknown
We are currently working with a very progressive and forward thinking FMCG business who are looking to bring in a Commercially focussed graduate, with a view to setting up their own unofficial graduat

Purchasing Graduate

Southampton Unknown
Are you an aspiring graduated keen to follow a career in Purchasing? We're working with one of the marine sectors leading manufacturers, based in the edges of the Solent in Hampshire. Due to bus

Logistics Administration Assistant - Graduate Opportunity

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
Logistics Administration Assistant Graduate opportunity Our client, a large brand name, requires a Logistics Administration Assistant to provide a highly professional level of customer service and sup

Graduate Quality and Technical Auditor

Nottingham Unknown
Graduate Quality Technical Auditor Nottinghamshire £18,000 – £21,000 Have you recently graduated and wanting to work for an up and coming company? Do you currently work within Quali

GRADUATE ROLE IN MERCHANDISING/ SUPPLY CHAIN

Feltham Unknown
GRADUATE SOUGHT BY VERY SUCCESSFUL MAJOR RETAILER FOR MERCHANDISING or SUPPLY CHAIN ROLES IN THRIVING HEAD OFFICE TEAM Our Client is one of the most successful luxury retailers in the current market a

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

CALLING ALL 2018 GRADUATES

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
CALLING ALL 2018 GRADUATES (or equivalent) Are you within a commutable distance to Kingston upon Thames? Do you have previous experience in an office environment? Do you have excellent customer servi

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 Account Development Representative

Bolton Unknown
Graduate Account Development Representative  – £20,000-23,000 – Bolton Sector: Manufacturing/Metals Benefits:  – Company profit share scheme – Industry reco

Junior Buyer / Calling All Graduates Interested in A Purchasing Career

Letchworth, Hertfordshire Unknown
Calling All Graduates Interested In A Purchasing Career Are you a Junior Buyer or a University Graduate interested in a career in Purchasing working for one of the UK's largest distributors? This

Buying Analyst (Graduate)

Rochester Unknown
We are currently recruiting for a very well-established organisation that are looking to recruit a Graduate with buying exposure to join their team as a Buying Analyst. The role will require you to su

Graduate Category Analyst

Nottingham Unknown
As Category Analyst you will act as the link between the manufacturer and Sainsbury’s, helping to develop and maintain strong, professional relationships while delivering towards daily and strat

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