Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Analyst

Plymouth, Devon Unknown
Wise Employment are now recruiting an Analyst for a full-time role with an immediate start in the Plymouth area. As an Analyst, you will be involved in the front-end development of reports and manipul

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 £25,000 per annum A new opportunity has arisen to work for an innovative technology organisation in Ki

Graduate Administration & Customer Service - Entry Level

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
Entry Level Administration Assistant, Kingston upon Thames Upto £18,000 per annum ARE YOU A GRADUATE (OR EQUIVALENT) WHO IS LOOKING TO BUILD UPON THEIR OFFICE EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE GOOD ORGANI

Graduate Online Buying Assistant - Inventory Control - Global Retailer

Watford, Hertfordshire Unknown
Graduate Online Buying Assistant – Inventory Control – Global Retailer Watford £18,500 – £26,000 depending on experience plus Benefits ++ Excellent Opportunity t

Graduate Technical Account Manager

Aylesbury Unknown
Graduate Technical Account Manager Salary: Up to £30,000 depending on experience Immediate start available Excellent training and development opportunity My client is a leading supplier of speci

Senior Administrator - Graduate Opportunities

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London Unknown
Senior Administrator – Graduate Opportunities Kingston upon Thames Upto £25,000 Our client requires a reliable and enthusiastic candidate for a sales support coordinator role. Your main

Graduate Process Development Technologist

Boston Unknown
An exciting opportunity for a Graduate Process Technologist has arisen in a successful,leading FMCG business. Are you looking for your first position following University? As Process Development Tech

Graduate Trainee - Technical Implant

Evesham, Worcestershire Unknown
Fantastic opportunity for a Graduate who has studied for either an Agricultural or Food based degree to join a fast growing business specialising in supplying fruit into the UK's premier supermar

Sales/Commercial Administrator/Graduate

Maidstone, Kent Unknown
Our client is a global player in the supply of soft fruits into both UK and European retail customers with offices both here & Spain. Due to continued growth, they are now seeking a Commercial Sal

Graduate Assistant Trade Planner

Liverpool Unknown
About the Role As an Assistant Trade Planner you will be responsible for the creation and delivery of all event briefs relating to the Trade Plan. You will work closely with colleagues across mar

Junior/Graduate Supply Planner

North London Unknown
Graduate/Junior Supply Planner (Manufacturing) North London (Commutable from: Barnet, Cheshunt, Enfield, Chigwell, Hatfield, Hertford, Edware, Watford, St Albans, Hatfield) £25’000-&poun

Graduate Marketing/Account Executive

Cambridge Unknown
Our client, a rapidly growing and ambitious business within the food service industry is looking to strengthen their team by appointing a Graduate Marketing /Account Executive to support the General M

Fashion Graduate - Photography / Retail - Reading - £18k

Reading, Berkshire Unknown
Fashion Graduate – Photography / Retail Reading, Berkshire Salary of up to £18,000 DOE Role Overview A Fashion Graduate, who will ideally have a real interest in fashion retail and/or phot

Graduate Development Programme – Supply Chain Graduate

Germany Unknown
Essentra is a leading international supplier of specialist plastic, fibre, foam and packaging products with three Strategic Business Units: Component Solutions, Health &Personal Care Packaging and

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

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