10 August, 2016

The perfect sandwich put Ryan on a roll

Perfection has long been a hallmark of M&S. We’re readily embracing new technology. And we’ve always been a people-before-process kind of place. So how, we thought, could we combine all three? The answer was an online app that allowed students to create their own perfect sandwich. We invited students to choose their bread and fillings, then submit and share their idea to win an M&S visit tailored to their area of interest – plus the opportunity to see their sandwich assembled in our test kitchen.

And… drumroll… winner of the grand prize was Ryan from The University of Reading. But little did he realise there was more to be won than our grand prize.

Ryan’s innovative concoction was the Pepper Salmon Avocuddle. This was made up of Sourdough bread packed with a filling of smoked salmon, avocado, rocket, roasted peppers, wasabi peas and pesto mayonnaise. Ryan takes up the story…

“I had registered my interest in working for M&S when this quirky app popped up. I’d always thought of M&S as the place for tasty food on the go and this seemed to be another sign of how they wanted to be at the forefront of food innovation. Making a digital sandwich appealed to my sense of humour so I decided to give it a go although, to be honest, I didn’t think anything would come of it. I love the combination of salmon and avocado so I built my creation around this pairing.”

Well, something certainly did come of it and Ryan along with two runners-up visited our test kitchen to see their digital ideas become reality – an experience Ryan described as “very exciting”.

He also travelled to M&S HQ for the Insight Day, where he was made welcome and felt comfortable asking questions as the day unfolded. 

“The day was extremely valuable, helping me to build a clearer image of product development in the food-to-go category. But the real highlight was meeting a director from one of the suppliers to M&S who told me about food manufacturing careers. It was this conversation that inspired me to apply for the role. When I was invited to an interview, I had the advantage of knowing all about the relationship the company had with M&S. The upshot is, I’m now joining them as a Graduate Development Technologist and I can’t wait to get stuck in. I thrive in a motivated environment and, with the transferable skills I’ve already developed, I hope to hit the ground running.”

Well done to Ryan on winning our competition and landing a job. And if there’s a message in his story…

“The job you want is out there, although sometimes you need to look from a different perspective to find it,” he says.

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