Business Management - Property

You’ve got boundless ambition and a mature head for business on your graduate shoulders. You’re fascinated by what goes into running a smooth and successful retail operation. You have what it takes to build relationships with a wide variety of teams and stakeholders, both internal and external. You might not have considered a career in Property, but this side of Business Management at M&S could be where your commercial nous makes a real difference.

Our Property team takes care of everything to do with our estate of stores, offices and distribution centres. We’re expanding our Foodhall operations, so when we find a new site, it’s all systems go to get a new store up and running. Existing stores need ongoing planned and reactive maintenance: lifts and escalators can break down, fridges can stop working. Then there are our state-of-the art distribution centres which need similar care and attention.

When you consider we’ve more escalators than the entire London Underground network, you can begin to get the idea how vast an opportunity is on offer. We live and breathe Plan A, so we’re working hard to make our stores even greener and more efficient too.

Three rotations on this 18-month generalist programme will give you a broad taste of what we do – from technical specifications to maintenance, capital projects to engineering, estates management to property planning. You’ll work alongside senior management, suppliers and contractors, while our Property Learning Academy will give you every support along the way. A property-related degree would be great, but we’re just as keen to take graduates with the qualities we need from economics and business management disciplines.

Applications for this role are now closed.

Key Information

  • Location

    Head Office (London)

  • Duration

    18 months

  • Salary


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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.

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 2018, although some Head Office schemes will hold theirs in December 2017. 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 2018 are now open.