Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Java Developer - Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire Unknown
Junior / Graduate Java Developer -Milton Keynes I am currently recruiting for a brand new Graduate / Junior Java Developer position located in Milton Keynes. My client are looking for a Java genius to

Buying Graduate Management Programme

London Unknown
Buying Graduate Management Programme Our Buyers influence every aspect of the range of goods that we offer to our customers: From which products we sell, to the way they look and taste, developing our

Graduate - Purchasing Department

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire Unknown
Imperial Professionals are delighted to announce that we are working with one of Teesside’s most reputable manufactures for the appointment of a Graduate to work in their Purchasing function. Th

Graduate Retail Manager

Whitehaven Unknown
Store Manager Designate, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5HD, £21,648 per annum, plus benefits, 45 hours per week.  Heron Foods is a food retail business providing its customers with high qua

Apply Now: Entry-Level Finance Graduate Job

Redhill, Surrey Unknown
Job Purpose Supreme Recruitment are recruiting for a Finance graduate for a reputable client. Sole responsible for all aspects of the Purchase Ledger including authorisation and posting of supplier in

Entry-Level Finance Graduate Vacancy

Redhill, Surrey Unknown
Job Purpose Supreme Recruitment are recruiting for a Finance graduate for a reputable client. Sole responsible for all aspects of the Purchase Ledger including authorisation and posting of supplier in

Exceptional Finance Graduate Job

Redhill, Surrey Unknown
Job Purpose Sole responsible for all aspects of the Purchase Ledger including authorisation and posting of supplier invoices, payments to suppliers and statement reconciliations. Main Job Tasks and Re

Supply Chain (Repairs and Returns) Graduate Programme

Newark Unknown
Graduate Programme – Supply Chain (Technical) Graduate Programme – Supply Chain (Technical)  Newark (flexible for final placement) Full Time Starting Salary £25000 There’s

IT Graduate Programme

North Acton Unknown
Graduate Programme – IT Acton Full Time Starting Salary £28500 There’s no feeling quite like uniting tech lovers everywhere and we get to do it every single day. Connecting our peopl

Supply Chain (Logistics and Operations) Graduate Programme

Newark Unknown
Graduate Programme – Supply Chain (Logistics and Operations) Graduate Programme – Supply Chain (Logistics and Operations)  Newark (flexible for final placement) Full Time Starting Sal

Internal Audit Graduate Programme

London Unknown
Internal Audit Graduate Programme – Full Time £37,000 per annum with an additional 10% of your annual salary as a non-contractual London Weighting benefit if you are based within the M25.

Graduate Procurement Buyer

South West London, London Unknown
The Client Portfolio Procurement has been engaged by a growing professional services company which due to significant demand has created an new positon The Role This is an exciting new role which will

Insight Analyst - UX/UI (Graduate/Entry Level)

North Acton Unknown
DESCRIPTION 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

Graduate Trainee Buyer

Evesham, Worcestershire Unknown
We are currently seeking a Trainee Buyer to join a very successful and expanding business, supplying fruit into the UK's premier supermarket on an exclusive basis. The company has an enviable rep

Graduate Property Programme

London Unknown
Graduate Property Programme This is your chance to experience life at Lidl and all it has to offer, the programme is rotational, taking you on a 2 year learning curve and giving you the best possible

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