Leading department store chain John Lewis has today announced an IT recruitment drive to try and enhance its multichannel offer.
The retailer is looking to hire 30 new professionals to work at its head office in IT roles with immediate effect and hopes to recruit 50 IT specialists in total over the course of 2012.
Roles being scouted for include Project Managers, Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, Solutions Architects and Developers, and all new employees will join a 280-strong development team.
Owen Roberts, Recruitment Manager at John Lewis, commented: “Technology has been identified as one of the most important drivers of our business growth.
“We are now looking for talented IT professionals to join our team and help us take multi-channel retail to the next level, cementing our reputation as an industry leader.”
Earlier this month John Lewis Partnership, parent company of the department store chain, announced that all of its employees would receive 14 per cent of their salary as an annual bonus, down from 18 per cent in 2011, as operating profits at the business fell £14.1 million to £393.3 million in the 12 months ending January 28th 2012.
John Lewis has previously made significant investments in its technology and operating system, allowing it to lead the way in click and collect services and in-store digital directories.
This recruitment strategy is part of a wider investment in IT to support its multichannel systems, which have reportedly grown three-fold in the last few years.