About the programme
Food has always been an integral part of the M&S story. We’ve masterminded many industry firsts over the years, from sell-by dates in the 1970s to abandoning artificial colours and flavours in 2008. And with delectable new arrivals like the runny Scotch egg, red bananas and orange wine, we’re still very much first for food.
There’s plenty to learn in such a respected, sophisticated food business. On our Food Buying internship, you’ll have eight weeks to take it all in. If you’re truly set on a career at the top of food retail, there could be no better way to spend the summer after the second year of your Business Studies degree.
During your time with us we’ll help you to develop the commercial mindset that’s essential in this role. With this in mind, you’ll be assigned a project so you can show us how you’d make the numbers stack up profit wise – without compromising on quality.
You’ll discover how we drive market share through strategic buying and cost negotiation. You’ll learn how to identify sales trends and new buying opportunities. And you’ll pick up some invaluable management and professional skills training along the way.
It’s an action-packed eight weeks that could transform your entire future. Make your mark during your internship and we could well offer you a place on one of our graduate programmes, with all of the phenomenal prospects this opens up.
Applications for this programme have now closed
Food Buyer - Internship
Head Office (London)
Eight weeks, 12th June – 4th August 2017
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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.