Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Retail Project Coordinator

SE1 7NX, London Waterloo Unknown
gateretail, a part of the gategroup, was established as a one-stop retail solutions provider for airlines worldwide. We currently work with leading airlines across the globe, providing flexible and in

Commercial Assistant (Graduate Role)

Dublin, Dublin City Unknown
Commercial Assistant Graduate role: Packaging Distribution Location: Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow Earnings potential: :25,000 including competitive salary and bonus & other excellent Company Be

Graduate Online Buying Assistant - Inventory Control - Global Retailer

Watford, Hertfordshire Unknown
Graduate Online Buying Assistant – Inventory Control – Global Retailer Watford £20,020 – £26,800 depending on experience plus Benefits Excellent Opportunity to join a glo

Junior Buyer - Graduates

Manchester, Greater Manchester Unknown
Our client who specialises in Oil & Gas and Fire protection and works on a national basis are currently looking for graduates/junior buyers to work in the Manchester office. This is a great opport

Graduate Buyer

B6, Perry Barr, City and Borough of Birmingham Unknown
We are currently recruiting for a Graduate Buyer to join our client, a fresh produce supplier , based in Birmingham, B6. This is an exciting opportunity for Graduates who are at the start of their car

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 Allocator

WD6, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Unknown
If you are highly numerate and analytical a career in Merchandising could be perfect for you Allocator – H.Samuel – Bridal – Borehamwood What you need to know about us… Here a

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 (

Accounts and Audit Graduate Trainee

NE1 1JF Unknown
At Leathers we are a close, driven, forward thinking team of unique individuals who carry a depth of experience and share a commitment to our clients and each other. We are a vibrant and very active b

Tax Graduate Trainee

NE1 1JF Unknown
At Leathers we are a close, driven, forward thinking team of unique individuals who carry a depth of experience and share a commitment to our clients and each other. We are a vibrant and very active b

Graduate Opportunities (Retail/FMCG)

Bradford Unknown
Graduate Opportunities (Retail/FMCG)  At Hallmark we have a little mantra: leave your mark.  To us, a card is never just a card. It should leave a lasting impression and make a memory last.

Graduate Account Development Representative

Bolton Unknown
Graduate Account Development Representative  – £(phone number removed) – Bolton Sector: Manufacturing/Metals Benefits:  – Company profit share scheme – Indu

NPD Technologist (Leading Food Producer) – Graduate Opportunity

Leeds Unknown
On behalf of one of the largest food producers in Britain, we are seeking a Graduate NPD technologist to take up a position that offers not only excellent opportunity to develop a progressive career,

Graduate Purchaser - Rail

London Unknown
Mane Rail require a Graduate Purchaser for a 18 Month Fixed Term Contract based in either West London or South West London, this is a fantastic opportunity for a recent graduate who comes from a Rail

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

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