Why work in Distribution?
Getting the right products to the right places at the right time may sound straightforward. However, when you’re doing this for one of Britain’s biggest retailers with an ever-growing dotcom business, it involves a massive behind-the-scenes operation and some of the most advance technologies in the industry. Fast, flexible and agile, our Castle Donington Distribution Centre plays a vital part in our ability to deliver what our customers want when they need it – and you’ll be right at the heart of it.
It’s a chance to work alongside some highly focused and committed people, as well as learn how to get the most from our cutting- edge technology. What’s more, because you’ll be making sure everything runs smoothly, you’ll be helping us achieve our goal of being a leading multi-channel retailer.
Say yes to be being the backbone of M&S and we’ll invest in you, your development and your future.
What can you look forward to?
Our Castle Donington Distribution Centre is 900,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art technology, making it one of the largest and most efficient sites of its kind in the UK. Around two million single orders a week are processed at this fully automated site – more at peak times – providing invaluable support to both our in-store and website operations.
We’re radically overhauling our buying and management systems for clothing, home and gift products too – and sourcing more products direct from suppliers.
All of this means there’s never been a more exciting time to say yes to a Distribution role at M&S.
Located in Castle Donington to be as close as possible to our customers
About Castle Donington
Plan A is the name we’ve given to the commitments and goals we’ve set to ensure we are helping to protect the planet. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Marks & Spencer. It’s evident in how we engage with our customers, source responsibly, reduce waste, develop business partnerships and help our local communities. The launch of Plan A 2020 is the third stage of our journey. You can read more about Plan A on our corporate site.
Like many of our stores, the Castle Donington Distribution Centre has been designed with the environment in mind. It’s a truly modern place to work as it’s been built to the latest sustainable standards, which means we can provide a comfortable, well-lit, temperature-controlled working environment with less impact on the environment:
A truly sustainable place to work
Rain water harvesting
We’ve designed the centre to minimise the amount of fresh water required, including a grey water recycling system and rainwater harvesting.
Carbon neutral construction
The entire structure was built without any carbon impact on the environment. Over the life of the building that means the overall carbon impact will be reduced by 20%.
Solar wall & solar photovoltaics (PV)
The Castle Donington centre has Europe’s largest solar wall, which is used to preheat the building. The 24,272 solar PV panels would stretch for 25 miles if the panels were laid end to end. Together, these will lower M&S’s carbon footprint by 48,000 tonnes over the next 20 years. The energy generated is enough to provide nearly 25% of the energy required for the entire site.
Airtight building fabric
The building fabric has been designed to be four times as airtight as current building regulations specify. That means we can heat the building much more efficiently.
Plenty of natural light
We’ve designed in ‘roof lights’ to provide optimum levels of natural light in the centre. By reducing the need for artificial lighting we can make a more pleasant working environment at the same time as reducing carbon emissions by up to 50%
We designed the building to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating in line with the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) standards. And it has also received an ‘A’ rating for its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Throughout its construction, we only used the most efficient commercially available plant and equipment.