Food quality has always been at the heart of the M&S story. We’ve led the way ever since becoming the first British food retailer to appoint a Food Technologist in 1948. Sell-by dates; the cold chain process; banning hydrogenated fats from our foods; ditching artificial colours and flavours – every one an M&S industry first.
There’s much to learn in such a creative and technical Food business. On our Food Technology internship, you’ll have eight weeks to take it all in. It’s the perfect way to end the first or second year of your food-related science degree, and gain experience to start forging your future in food.
Our Food Technologists are masters of food safety, quality and legality. As part of the category team, you’ll take on real project work – interns in the past have worked on diverse projects from hot holding of food in our hospitality outlets, to prevent bacteria growing, to measuring the texture of soft sweets.
Shadowing Food Technologists to see exactly what they do day to day, you’ll learn all about how we bring new products to life, from initial kitchen concept to finished in-store foodstuff. Taking in quality control, product trials, store visits and customer complaints, your time with us will also offer valuable management training and networking opportunities. And you’ll be meeting some great people too, either on the job or through informal socialising.
Impress us during these eight action-packed weeks, and it could be the start of a long and fruitful relationship with M&S. We may reward successful interns with an offer for one of our Graduate Programmes – with all of the phenomenal prospects that opens up.
To be eligible, you need to be a first undergraduate studying a science degree covering microbiology and HACCP. Passionate about high-quality food, you must also be a confident communicator, creative problem solver and team player.
Applications for this role are now closed.
Head Office (London)
8 weeks in June and July
£19,500 pro rata
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Learning and Development
We've plenty of learning opportunities both in store and at our Head Office, which vary according to your scheme. Whether you’re managing people in store, or a valued member of a Head Office team, you’ll be learning while you earn, shouldering real responsibilities and helping to tackle the ever-changing issues of the day. You will be given a specific area of responsibility or a project to manage yourself fairly early on - say yes, it's a great chance to shine.
While we‘ll provide the training tools and opportunities, it’s up to you to take advantage of them. You’ll be expected to use your initiative to identify learning needs specific to you – and have the motivation to meet these needs.
Theory's all well and good, but few plans survive contact with the customer. If you’re based in Head Office, you'll get hands-on, in-store experience through our store attachment programme. Depending on your graduate programme the attachment could be anything from one week to three months.
Corporate Learning Programme
Our cutting-edge workshops will hone your business abilities, ranging from skills foundation and competency training to full-on project management.
We're investing heavily in smarter technology to achieve our vision of becoming the world's most successful multi-channel retailer. So we'll invest plenty of time with you to ensure you receive all the right technical training.
We will support you throughout your career at M&S and, with role-specific training, help you reach your goals.
Unlike many companies, M&S performance management isn't just a case of us saying jump higher. We ensure your achievements are recognised, your feedback is heard and, of course, that your career is progressing. After all, M&S only performs well when we all do.
Depending on the area of the business you join, you could have the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications to enhance your career progression with M&S.