About the programme
Everyone has a different M&S product they love. Finding these comes down to our buying teams. They’re the ones who scour the planet to source the best new products at the best possible prices. So, if you know what people want and have a keen eye for business, then this is the perfect programme for you.
Join us here and you’ll step into the biggest shopping market you can imagine, starting in the role of Graduate Trainee Assistant Buyer. Working alongside one of our buying teams such as Womenswear, you’ll help find the next big thing before liaising with our internal teams to develop something ready to be sold in store.
As a Buyer, your diverse day job could involve a mix of briefing designers, working with suppliers, trialling new products, or helping launch a product.
Throughout, you’ll get all the training you need, and after just 12 months you could be offered an Assistant Buyer role. From there, you’ll gradually take on more responsibility until you’re ready to become a fully-fledged Buyer, in charge of a specific department.
Ideally you’ll need a fashion-related degree, although we’ll consider other courses if you have retail buying experience. You’ll also need to be confident, organised and comfortable working under pressure.
Applications for this programme have now closed
Buying - Graduate Programme
Head Office (London)
12-18 months' training
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Applications for our business placement and graduate programmes are now closed.
Applications will reopen in September 2017 for our 2018 intake.
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.