Retail/Purchasing


Graduate Buyer

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Unknown
Graduates, we want you! Are you a graduate looking to start your career? Do you want to earn good money, work for a great company and have job security? We have the perfect opportunity for you! Our cl

Assistant Finance Analyst (Graduate Level)

Maxwell Road Unknown
Excellent opportunity to progress your career in commercial finance! Are you looking to further your CIMA or ACCA studies in a Commercial Finance role? If so, we might have the opportunity you'v

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 Business Executive

NE1 1JF Unknown
Dragon backed entrepreneur is looking for two commercially astute graduates… … Are you ready? With a degree in business, marketing or finance; we are looking for you to use you forward t

Retail Graduate Management Programme

Avonmouth Unknown
Retail Graduate Management Programme – Avonmouth 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 gi

Graduate Procurement Analyst

Chesterfield, Derbyshire Unknown
Elevation Recruitment Group are working closely with our client based in the Chesterfield area to recruit a Graduate Procurement Analyst to join their already successful team. The purpose of this role

Graduate Sales Executive

South East Unknown
An excellent opportunity to develop a career in the fresh food industry. Our client grows and supplies a range of produce for supply into major UK retail, wholesale and food service customers. The dev

Purchasing Assistant (Graduate)

Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire Unknown
Purchasing Assistant (Graduate) Barton on Humber £Competitive We have a great opportunity for a Purchasing Assistant (Graduate) looking to start their career with one of the most reputable, grow

Graduate Merchandiser

Bradford, West Yorkshire Unknown
Elevation Recruitment Group are working with a leading brand business to recruit an Assistant Merchandiser within their retail team. The trading team has a wealth of talent, who offer great training a

Graduate Buyer - Food to Go

London Unknown
Buyer – Food to Go: We’re currently recruiting for a buyer looking over the food to go category on behalf of a global food service business based out of their South West London offices. Th

Graduate Project Assistant

London Unknown
Graduate Project Assistant Salary: 18K-20K per annum Shoreditch – London Hospitality procurement Our Client considers themselves to be leading company of its kind and manages the FF&E procur

Graduate Supply Chain Coordinator

Buckinghamshire Unknown
Inside Out Purchasing and Supply has been engaged to recruit a Graduate Supply Chain Coordinator for a leading Buckinghamshire based client. In order to be considered for this role candidates will nee

Graduate Purchasing Assistant

Warminster, Wiltshire Unknown
Graduate Purchasing Assistant Warminster £18'000 – £20'000 + Training + Technical Progression + Pension + Life Insurance + Holiday Excellent opportunity for a fresh graduat

LONDON - SALES ASSISTANT - RETAIL - LUXURY - FASHION - GRADUATE

London Unknown
JUST GRADUATED AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT? LOOKING TO COMBINE YOU PASSION FOR SCIENCE WITH YOUR LOVE FOR RETAIL AND CUSTOMER SERVICE? THEN THIS IS THE ROLE FOR YOU!! My Client is unlike any o

Retail Analyst (Graduate)

Plymouth, Devon Unknown
One of our rapidly growing clients are looking for an Analyst to join a busy department within their head office retail business. This position is heavily data based so we would like to speak to candi

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