Food Buying

M&S is synonymous with high quality food. And our stores are famous for being the first to stock the latest, mouth-watering products; like the Runny Scotch Egg, our Best Ever Prawn Sandwich – not to mention firm favourites such as Percy Pigs.

So when you join our Food Buying internship programme, you’ll have eight weeks to take it all in. If you’re truly set on a career at the top of food retail, there could be no better way to spend the summer after the second year of your degree with us!

During your time here, we’ll help you to develop the commercial mindset that’s essential in this role. With this in mind, you’ll be assigned a real project to show us how you’d make the numbers stack up profit wise – without compromising on quality.

You’ll discover how we drive market share through strategic buying and cost negotiation. You’ll learn how to identify sales trends and new buying opportunities. And you’ll pick up some invaluable management and professional skills training along the way.

It’s an action-packed eight weeks that could transform your entire future. Make your mark during your internship and we could well offer you a place on one of our graduate programmes, with all of the phenomenal prospects this opens up.

You will need to be available for the duration of the internship to be considered for this role.

Applications close on Friday 7th December.

Key Information

  • Location

    Head Office (London)

  • Duration

    Eight weeks: Monday 10th June - Friday 2nd August 2019

  • 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. This year, we’re going to 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 to 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 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. All graduate roles start in September.

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