16 January, 2019

Evolving M&S

In these competitive times, no retailer can afford to stand still, and M&S is transforming to stay ahead of the curve. Digital is at the heart of this transformation and we’ve made significant steps forward to become a digital-first retailer, with pioneering initiatives like our new Honeywell product search app, ‘Try Tuesday’ styling, and even ‘shoppable’ posts on Instagram.

M&S has been collaborating with Decoded to create the world’s first Data Academy in retail – and to say that we’re ‘excited’ about this partnership and what it can achieve would be the understatement of the year!

The M&S Data Academy is digitally upskilling 1,000 of our colleagues. Our aim is to take people from every function of the business and at different levels – store managers and visual merchandisers to finance professionals and buyers – and create a new raft of data-skilled leaders to lead digital change across the business and help us leapfrog the competition.

“We don’t do things by half measures at M&S. When we commit to take something on, that commitment is total... So, if you join us in the near future, you can expect to be part of some big changes in the shape of industry-leading initiatives.” said Tim Piper, M&S Leadership, Development and Culture Manager.

As part of the M&S Data Academy, colleagues can enrol for The Data Fellowship, an 18 month in-work data science skills programme funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. It’s a great opportunity to learn to harness the most cutting-edge data analytics tools such as “R” and “Python” and adopt technologies such as machine learning. Colleagues finish the programme with a Data Analytics qualification accredited by the British Computing Society.

Be a digital transformer. Unlock the wealth of data at M&S to leave other retailers trailing in our wake. And open your mind to the sheer possibilities it offers for your career.

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