12 December, 2017

From Christmas temp to Store Manager

Julie started with us as a Christmas temp in Middlesbrough and she didn’t know it then, but her 12-hour contract working in Menswear was to be the start of a fruitful career journey with us. Today, she’s the manager of Teeside’s newest store – the M&S Foodhall in Guisborough.

When her original role became permanent, Julie began to discover other departments within the store. During a career which has spanned some three decades, she has successfully climbed the career ladder via various managerial roles, plus a stint at Head Office.

“I never thought I would work in Retail’, explains Julie, ‘I wanted to be a nurse at first, but I then realised I couldn’t bear the thought of seeing people being ill. But that meant I was in a bit of a quandary about what to do. My mum’s best friends worked at M&S Middlesbrough and she said to me to consider a Christmas job there – so I got an interview, and the job, and I just loved it.”

Celebrating her first Christmas in charge at her new store finds Julie in an excited mood, she tells us: “When I heard about this store opening I said I would love to open Guisborough. I think the food side of the business is great – the products are fantastic. For me it’s the consistency. You know you will get really good quality food that you won’t waste. You can see the difference and spend it well.”

“I really enjoy my job and I'm really passionate about M&S, especially foods. I love being on the sales floor with customers and colleagues making every moment special.”

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