Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Area Manager - FTSE 100 Global Organisation

Nationwide Unknown
Do you want to work for one of the world’s biggest companies? Do you like to make a real difference? Do you want to be one of the company’s future leaders? If you answer yes to these then

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 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

Supply Chain Coordinator/Graduate

Derbyshire Unknown
Supply Chain Coordinator Derbyshire Would like to work for a manufacturer with strong heritage that is continuing to grow from strength to strength? Would like a career within a business that has grea

Graduate Development Technologist

Leeds Unknown
The development dream – a creative position with a much loved British manufacturer. As Development Technologist core focus of this position is to develop and improve products for the brands and

Brand & Marketing Assistant - 12 Month FTC (Graduate/Entry Level)

North Acton Unknown
DESCRIPTION The Brand Executive is responsible for supporting the Brand team and wider Marketing on a range of brand initiatives and logistics. The work is across some of the UK’s biggest techno

Retail Marketing Assistant - 12 Month FTC (Graduate/Entry Level)

North Acton Unknown
DESCRIPTION In this role you will support the Retail Marketing Manager in executing customer communications throughout the Carphone Warehouse estate by briefing and managing the process of clear and c

Customer Agriculture Graduate

London Unknown
Are you a recent graduate that is looking for a role that will give you the opportunity to work in a customer-facing position within the food industry? Do you have a genuine interest and a strong unde

Graduate HR Intern

Hemel Hempstead Unknown
Are you looking for an exciting new challenge where you can bring together your Human Resources and intern skills? Graduate looking for a new and exciting role? If the answer is YES, we are recruiting

Commercial Graduate | Fresh Produce

Dartford Unknown
We are working closely with a very well established fresh produce growing and marketing business who have an excellent track record with a well known retailer. They have a need for a recent graduate (

Graduate NPD Technologist

Leeds Unknown
Graduate NPD Technologist Career driven and eager to learn? This is a super opportunity to join a food manufacturer who are recognised for their training and development of graduates. As a Graduate

Graduate Account Development Representative

Southampton Unknown
Graduate Account Development Representative  – £21,000-22,000 – Southampton Sector: Manufacturing/Metals Benefits: – Company profit share scheme – Industry recogn

Insight Analyst - Space Planning (Graduate/Entry Level)

North Acton Unknown
DESCRIPTION Working collaboratively with the Format & Commercial teams, you will analyse Space Optimisation performance data & advise opportunities to grow Sales & keep space aligned to th

UX Analyst (Graduate/Entry Level)

North Acton Unknown
UX Analyst In our team, user experience insight analysts work collaboratively with project owners to understand & record their goals and analysis requirements, then with developers to turn these r

Product Copywriter - Graduate/Entry Level

North Acton Unknown
DESCRIPTION We Help Everyone Enjoy Amazing Technology At Dixons Carphone our customers are loved and want the latest technology. There’s nothing that excites us more than finding talent, fuellin

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