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targetjobs Awards: shortlisted
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#5 UK 300 student rated sector ranking
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#53 UK 300 student rated overall ranking
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We’re building the next era of M&S, and it’s your chance to make your mark and shape it. This is the new generation of retail.

Who We Are

Ever wonder what the future of retail looks like? With us, you can make it happen. Make fashion more sustainable. Revolutionise the digital experience for retail. Innovate delicious, high-quality foods. It takes vision, leadership, resilience and expert technical skills to be at the forefront of our industry. And these are all things you’ll learn on our new graduate programmes and internships.

We’ve worked hard to design the most innovative, explorative programmes that feed your ambition and curiosity. They’re created for the commercial, creative and digital thinkers of tomorrow. And we’re proud to have gone through a digital, data driven transformation that will change the future of retail.

Join us, and you’ll be part of a diverse community of inspired graduates and interns. You’ll meet like-minded individuals with a shared desire to make ideas happen and reinvent an industry. Work on real-life, high-profile projects every day, and learn advanced skills through structured mentoring to guide you towards reaching your ambition.

This is your chance to rewrite the future of retail.

Recruitment Process

Our applications open in late autumn. Closing dates vary depending on the programme, and we sometimes close programmes sooner depending on application numbers.

The application process includes:

  • A 45-minute online assessment focusing on your individual strengths.
  • A video interview, which our recruitment team will review.
  • Attending an assessment centre with other peers.

For some programmes, we might ask you to complete a numerical reasoning test or a coding assessment.

We’re committed to supporting anyone who needs reasonable adjustments to be made to their application process. We’ll give you the opportunity to highlight these before the assessment stages begin. Most of our assessment are untimed and we’ll make you aware of any timed elements in advance.

Culture & Values

We all share the same goal of transforming retail forever. But it’s our differences, and our individualities that inspire us to get there. Here, we welcome people from all backgrounds, abilities, genders and orientations to join us.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We know that when people can bring their whole selves to work, they can bring their best selves to work. To help up recruit, retain and develop diverse talent, we have targets in place for ethnic minorities and women in leadership.

We’ve also introduced an inclusion training programme for all our colleagues, along with internal inclusivity networks to help colleagues to form allies and have their voice heard.


As the sustainability challenges we face become more urgent, we’re putting all of our energy into becoming a net zero business. We’ve set big targets, transforming ten key areas, including the reduction of waste and emissions, sourcing more sustainable raw materials, trading ethically, and helping our customers lead healthier lifestyles.

We pledge to:

  • Ensure all our packaging is recyclable by 2025
  • Reduce plastic food packaging by 30% (1 billion units) by 2027
  • Double the number of vegan and vegetarian products by 2024
  • Redistribute 100% of edible surplus by 2025
  • Halve food waste by 2030
  • Source 100% of our soy from verified deforestation-free regions
  • Responsibly source 100% of our palm oil by 2025
  • Only use 100% verified recycled polyester by 2025
  • Reduce carbon emissions by over a third by 2025 and more than half by 2030

Career development

You can take part in a unique development programme that inspires personal and professional development and supports you to realise your potential and achieve your ambition. It’s just one of the many ways we invest in your development.

This is where your future starts.

Join us in an Early Career role at M&S and be on the front line of the retail revolution. We’re building the next era of M&S, and this is your chance to get stuck in and shape it.


The UK 300 2021/22

The UK 300 2021/22

The 300 most popular graduate employers in the UK, as voted by students

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in retail award

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in retail award

As voted for by students. Announced at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2022

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in retail award 2023

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in retail award 2023

As voted for by students. Announced at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2023.

Latest opportunities

Latest opportunities

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