15 June, 2015

A name not a number

“Hello, I’m Aysen, a Finance Manager in Group Planning & Analysis who joined M&S some seven-and-a-half years into my finance career. After graduating, I worked in audit for one of the ‘Big 4’ and then a multinational retailer. This experience convinced me that retail was definitely the sector for me and I’d heard only positive things about M&S, especially the way they look after their people and let them develop.

“First impressions count and I knew when I met people at interview that I would fit into the M&S culture and this would be a company I’d be proud to work for. The induction was very useful and well organised, too. I was given an overview of the business and met other new joiners as well as my line manager and team. This was followed by a week in store, which was very insightful and gave me a great understanding of how everything works.

“From there it’s been onwards and upwards. I’ve a great team and managers are really supportive, which helps to create a positive working environment. There’s a strong focus on career progression and everyone is encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available. M&S is also an exciting place to work. Innovation and continuous improvement are part of our DNA and I’m given the freedom to challenge current practices and bring new ideas to the table to drive efficiencies. It’s really motivating to know that I’m adding value in my role – and being noticed and valued by others for the contribution I make.”

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