Agriculture

Are you studying for Agriculture related qualification? If so this is your chance to step into one of the UK’s most innovative Food retailer. From sourcing livestock to overseeing quality and supply chain from farmer to shelf, our Agriculture placement is the perfect way to put some real experience under your belt and onto your CV.

Food has always been a core part of our business. It is loved and appreciated for being special for any day or occasion. However, few realise the degree of care, skill and innovative thinking that goes into producing it. During this placement you will work alongside our Livestock experts learning the secrets about how we do it best and a unique insight into our processes. You’ll be helping to deliver products of the very highest quality by supporting our farmers to embed the highest standards in everything they do. This will help us maintain our hard-won reputation for quality and ensure the inspirational products our customers expect are available to buy on our shelves.

To help you get the most out of your time with us, we’ll also give you your own Food business project to work on. In the second half of the placement you will move to work closely with one of our strategic supplier and continue your project work and learning first-hand the journey from farm to supermarket shelf.  

This is a highly technical job which will give you the opportunity to make the most of the skills your degree will have given you. If your passion for food and farming is matched by that for working as part of a close-knit team in a fast-paced environment, we’ll be very happy to hear from you.

Applications for 2019 now closed.

Key Information

  • Location

    Support Office (London)

  • Duration

    6 months in offices in London and 6 months at a supply partner

  • Salary

    £19,500 pro rata

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Learning and Development

A complex operation like ours works best when we all work well together. This means understanding how all the pieces fit and what each of them does; and how you could support this. We'll give you those cross-functional insights. There’ll be more opportunities to move around the business. You’ll see how other departments function. You’ll get to network with your peers. There will be a greater emphasis on commerciality and entrepreneurial thinking.

We’ll also be taking a more robust approach to your career management. This will be done via talent profiles. To make sure you meet and exceed yours, we’ll assign you a mentor who will invest their time and experience in you. Our current intake will also be on hand as your buddy. They’ve just been where you’re about to go, so who better to be your guide and answer all your questions.

We are looking to you to be the future leaders of our business. To take us forward successfully, you’ll need to understand how we got to where are today. Our current subject matter experts will take you on this journey. They will arm you with invaluable insight into what works and what doesn’t.

By the end of your programme, the experience you will have gained will make you a retail force to be reckoned with.

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 practice 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.

    If you’re applying for the Enterprise Programme, the process is a little less orthodox - so to find out more click here

  • 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 2020, although some Support Office schemes will hold theirs in December 2019. 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! Business Placements start in July. All Graduate roles start in September.

    Applications for our business placement and graduate programmes for 2018 are now open.