About the programme

Multi-channel retailing and transformative technology is at the heart of our business strategy. Needless to say then, how vital a thriving, enthusiastic IT team is to our future.

Join us here and you’ll be part of one of the most exciting and fast-moving teams in retail: Software Engineering. Agile and fearlessly pioneering, this one group of passionate people is transforming M&S more rapidly than any other into a brand for the future.

Once on board, you’ll work among a close-knit team of developers to understand the needs of our business, then translate them into live technical solutions that deliver real value. You’ll learn about best design, development and testing practices, and gain insights into how technology can make the business better, smarter and more effective.

When it comes to coding, we use Java, .Net, Objective, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery. Plus we’re a test bed for emerging hardware, trying to see the best business use for everything from multi-touch screens to digital signage. Best of all, you’ll always have experts on hand to help upgrade your skills and knowledge.

You’ll need a degree in a tech subject that includes coding, and be interested in the latest tech developments. Practical and people-focused, your enthusiasm, agile mind and communication skills will all go a long way to finding the solutions to change our business.

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Key Information

Software Engineering - Graduate Programme

Location

Head Office (London)

Duration

12 months' training

Salary

£28,000

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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. 

Applying to join M&S

  • Online application

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    Stage one: online application and testing

    You'll need to apply online - where you'll take some online screening tests, after which there follows a short period of suspense. This is where your application rises to the top of our review pile. As soon as we can, we'll be in touch to let you know whether you've successfully made it through to the next stage of your journey.

    Be sure to check each programme page for specific closing dates as they may vary. If you miss the deadline, you’ll have to wait another year before you can apply again.

    Here are a few tips. On your application form, be sure you include all your work experience and clearly state how it relates to the role you are applying for – or what skills you learned in that job which you can bring to our programme. In the online testing, everyone completes a personality questionnaire and takes a situational judgement test. Then you’ll be challenged to show your verbal, numerical or inductive skills, depending on the scheme you’re applying for. It’s a good idea to practise online tests before attempting the real ones – you can easily find some online. Make sure you take the tests in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.

  • Come to an assessment centre

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    Stage two: come to an assessment centre

    If we like what we see online, we'll ask to see you in person. You'll then be invited to a day of group exercises, presentations and an interview. Not easy, but not as scary as it sounds. In Retail, assessment centres will take place in January, February or March 2017, although some Head Office schemes will hold theirs in December 2016. There are plenty of tips on other pages to help you perform at your best.

  • Receive an offer

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    Stage three: receive an offer

    If all goes well and there's a place for you on one of our schemes, we'll let you know by the end of March. All in all, it's a simple process: just hold on to those 'if only' thoughts and do your best to impress at every stage. M&S has roles waiting for you. Yes, you could make it happen.

  • Start with us

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    Stage four: start with us

    This is the moment you've been waiting for. Your first day! Head Office Business Placements start in July but Retail Management and HR begin in September. For Graduates, all Head Office roles start in September with Retail Management having various intake dates across July and September.

    Applications for our business placement and graduate programmes for 2017 are now open.

Learning and Development

Experience is the best teacher, which is why M&S likes to throw you in at the deep end. Real responsibilities on real projects, from day one (no, really). But the learnings aren't just one way: we're eager to hear your fresh ideas, to have our ways challenged, in order to grow the business. Of course, it all starts with a comprehensive introduction to M&S. You're never on your own with us. During this time, you'll get a basic overview of our business, along with all the information you need about your new role and life with one of the nation's brightest brands.