Leading department store group John Lewis yesterday launched its 2012 graduate scheme, which offers university leavers jobs in one of five specialities.
Providing on-the-job experience and the opportunity of quick career progression, the programme allows participants to specialise in retail management, buying, merchandising, corporate finance or corporate IT.
Applications for each of the three-year schemes are now open, but will close on November 15th 2011.
What the schemes entail
Retail Management scheme 1. Graduates will start within a section manager role and will rotate between branch and head office work. 2. From there, they will work towards department manager level and will be expected to manage teams and meet targets. 3. Graduates can expect to become part of the senior management team at a John Lewis shop within three to five years.
Buying graduate scheme 1. Training in an entry level buying role as well as some time on the shop floor. 2. From there, graduates will move to an assistant buyer role, taking on management responsibilities and ultimately moving into a buyer role. 3. Graduates could find themselves heading up a team sourcing products globally and managing a multi-million pound budget within three to five years.
Merchandising graduate scheme 1. Training in an entry level role. 2. From there, they will step into an assistant merchandiser role, taking on management and stock flow responsibilities as well forecasting market trends. 3. Potential to be leading a team developing product ranges, securing stock and purchasing lines from an international supply base with three to five years
Corporate Finance graduate scheme 1. Graduates will start in analyst roles in commercial finance or financial accountancy. 2. From there, they will work towards becoming senior analysts and will be expected to prove themselves in several areas of the business. 3. Graduates could then become fully qualified senior analysts with potential for quick career progression within three to five years
Corporate IT scheme 1. Graduates will start as trainee programmers or assistant analysts within John Lewis, managing the shared technical infrastructure for systems used by personnel and finance. 2. From there, they will progress along the programming or analyst routes or move into project management. 3. Graduates could then be in a position to assume leadership roles within their specialist areas
Sophie Adams, Recruitment Manager at the retailer, said: “John Lewis offers successful graduates the chance to accelerate their career development with training sessions and guidance.
“We have seen many Partners progress through our graduate training up to senior management roles and we hope to see many more graduates achieve this with the combination of high quality training, interesting roles and generous reward schemes.”
John Lewis reported gross sales of £4.5 billion for the half year ending July 30th 2011, up from £3.8 billion in the same period last year.
Major investment by the company, including development of its online and m-commerce channels, as well as tough high street trading conditions, had an impact on the bottom line though, with pre-tax profits down from £110.5 million to £90.4 million during the period.