15 October, 2015

“Nine roles over seven years. And if this is my last move here, I will be very surprised.”

“When I graduated from Cardiff University in 2004 with a degree in Business I wanted a company that was market leading and adaptable. M&S offered all this, but I wasn’t expected the sheer number of opportunities I’d have access to. 

“Since completing my graduate programme in 2006 I’ve had seven different roles – each one more challenging than the last. And I also had a beautiful baby son eighteen months ago, who’s definitely helped keep my feet on the ground. 

“I started as a GM Commercial Manager in Derby for the close down and relocation of the store – a fantastic opportunity that gave me a taste for store developments! I was then appointed into Fosse Park as Commercial Manager – one of our top stores – which was really enjoyable, especially at Christmas. After Fosse I left the business for a year but soon returned: I always say M&S gets in your blood! After a role in Cheltenham I got my first Store Manager role. I completed a very short role in Cwmbran before starting as Store Manager in Gloucester, responsible for closing down two older sites and opening a new shopping centre site. Overall it was a great experience with a truly fantastic team. 

“After this, I worked as a Relief Store Manager in Cheltenham and my home town Hereford, before leaving to have my son. Returning from maternity leave I went straight into a role as No. 2 in the same Birmingham store I’d worked as a grad, to help me broaden my business skills. And now I’ve been appointed to the new Longbridge team. I’m currently managing our people proposition and recruitment strategy for the new store. Once it’s opened I’ll be managing Womenswear. And if that’s my last role I’ll be very surprised!”

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