At Morrisons, we’re committed to giving all our colleagues the opportunity to grow their skills and obtain qualifications to build a successful career with us through our very own Morrisons Academy.
At Morrisons we delight in being different. We're proud to be in fact. We're a team of friendly people making great food that's affordable for everyone.
It takes a unique approach to do that… one that's based on two vital components: (i) a motivated and talented workforce and (ii) a clear control of the goods we sell.
We also own most of our supply chain, (including our own farm!) and are the UK's second largest fresh food producer. From 18 manufacturing sites we make thousands of products, from re the UK's fourth largest supermarket, but we're much more than that. This offering is unique, as unlike the other 'big four' supermarkets we can truly vouch for the provenance of the food we sell as we make the majority of it.
It takes a slick and cohesive operation to achieve this, both behind the scenes (in areas such as Head Office, Logistics or Buying) as well as in store – making the goods available to our loyal customers. And that's where our 'one team' and 'can-do' approach come in. These values, among others, are the life blood of our organisation. By living one shared philosophy, we work together across all levels of the business – from store Colleagues to Board members – to reach the same goals.
Rolling out our 'stores of the future' format across our network of stores and new builds has helped us to serve our customers more effectively, giving them better choice and stunning environments in which to shop.
This, combined with our entry into non-food markets, sets the stage for further business growth and diversity. Kiddicare, the multi channel baby specialist recently joined the Morrisons family. Plus we are developing our own brand clothing range and are driving forward with the imminent launch of our .com sites.
As a result, there's never been a more exciting time for talented graduates to join us and help shape the Morrisons of the future.
The interview was conducted online. You will see a question and have some time to think about it (usually between 1 and 2 minutes). Then your camera and mic will start…
My initial telephone call was from a member of their personnel staff. I went on to do a one to one interview with my 'to be' department manager the following week…
First I sent away my application online, and then found out I had an online assessment to complete, composed of 3 elements: numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and logic. Then a couple…
I applied through Morrison's website and after a few days got an email asking me to fill out a 'values questionnaire' this gave me scenarios with multiple choice answers and asked…
We do our best to bring out your talent. And we have a huge amount of experience in helping people to make the most of their potential.
Whilst the aim is always the same, the way to achieve it differs widely from person to person. That’s why our development plans are individually tailored to your needs and to fit the part of our business you’ll be working within. Our focus is on hands-on development… doing a real job with real responsibility from day one. But that doesn’t mean jumping in at the deep end and being left to sink or swim. Far from it.
You can learn a lot from training courses and a lot more from feedback and guidance throughout your placements. Placements can be real roles or projects – whatever you are working on, you’ll be making a real contribution to the business from day one.
At Morrisons we have an award winning Training Academy. Training will be spread throughout your programme to develop the key transferable skills which will support your career.
It’s not just about Management Development, Leadership and Presentation Skills; we also invest in the best external trainers to develop your commercial capabilities. A two day business simulation which mirrors our vertically integrated business model drives a deep understanding of creating financial success.
We put a real emphasis on providing you with high quality problem solving skills. Many new challenges faced by a fast evolving business in a modern economy can’t be solved by experience-based problem solving. You’ll learn structured thinking techniques to equip you to deal with new, exciting and rewarding challenges.
People Management is really a skill developed by doing. But there are techniques and practices that you need to know if you are to succeed. Our Coaching for Performance courses help you to develop the key skills of people management.
‘We’re all in this together’ is a recurring theme at Morrisons and proof of this is provided by our 'Buddy' scheme. Buddies are graduates from previous years who provide a support network for newcomers. There’s nothing like the help of someone who’s been there before!
You will also have a personal Mentor. Mentors are senior managers and directors whose vast experience will be invaluable to you. Mentoring gives you valuable exposure to people who are on the Board and, in our experience, graduates just love the level of exposure it gives them at that level and the access to advice from the best in the business.
Degree: graduated 2007
The Graduate scheme was a great start to my Morrisons career. It provided me with a great platform to explore different areas of the business and meet lots of people in the organisation.
The scheme was multi-dimensional and provided me with the right environment to learn lots of new skills, to enhance the talents I already have and focus my career.
The diversity of the scheme and the opportunities that it presented me have allowed me to progress quickly within Morrisons and to develop.
I was surprised by the level of responsibility given to me on the scheme and the projects that I worked on were challenging and provided me with the right level of stretch to help my professional development.
It is from this base that I moved into a commercial role. I have worked in Trading for the past few years and have recently moved from this area into Marketing. My role within Marketing is operational and has a strong commercial angle, so I hope that this will help further develop me and give me a new challenge within Morrisons.
My long term ambition within Morrisons is to become a senior leader within the Commercial team using both my trading and marketing knowledge.
I would strongly recommend this scheme to new Graduates. With hard work, an open mind to possibilities and dedication, there are plenty of opportunities within Morrisons and the chance to have a very fruitful and successful career.
Name: Joseph White
Degree: Business Studies, graduated 2008
University: University of Liverpool
Role: Buyer – Core Grocery
When I applied for Morrisons I was looking for a career that would keep me stimulated – constantly providing me with new challenges, fresh opportunities to learn and a varied and exciting working day.
Soon after joining the company I quickly realised that this is exactly the kind of culture Morrisons promotes – I was given real responsibility from day one, the opportunity to learn by doing, and tailored development to promote my strengths and challenge my weaknesses. The Commercial Division is extremely fast paced and retail is such a reactive industry that no two days are ever the same.
I am currently working in the Alternative Sourcing Division, co-ordinating our buying activities alongside a partner company based in Amsterdam. I have had the fantastic opportunity to travel with my work and the good fortune to meet and learn from buyers from a host of other European retailers. I also get great experience of different product categories and the unique way in which each different range is sourced and managed.
Morrisons has fostered a real Graduate community, incorporating a 'Buddy' scheme for new members of the business and co-ordinating regular networking events. Morrisons is such a broad and diverse company that every Graduate has their own unique experience and it's great to meet with them to find out about their roles. These events are also a fantastic opportunity to speak to and learn from the leaders of the business – the fact that people as senior as the CEO will answer any question in an honest, down to earth way, gives me confidence in the direction the business is moving.
My ambition is to become a Buyer within the next six months. I want to take charge of a category and stamp my own mark on what Morrisons sells in its stores. I want to be a leader and hope to be in a managerial role within the next five years.
The Graduate scheme is a fantastic foot in the door at Morrisons and provides a wealth of different experiences which have truly complemented the knowledge I gained in my degree. But I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone… you need to be willing to work hard, approach each task with the motivation to do well and handle the pressure of a fast paced, constantly changing retail environment.
However hard we try to cover everything, there are bound to be questions you want to ask. Don't hesitate to contact us for an answer, but before you do you can check out the most frequently asked questions we get from Graduates here: http://www.morrisonsgraduates.com/faqsBack to top
12th May 2013
3rd September 2013