Iceland - Buying Graduate Opportunities 2020

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Competitive + Benefits
Wales, Nationwide
15th November 2019
Start date:
July 2020
Job type:
Graduate job
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Iceland Buying Graduate Opportunities 2020:

Think of Iceland and you think of frozen food… And rightly so – it’s been the driving force behind our brand for 49 years. But did you know that we’re also the most innovative food retailer in the UK operating across chilled and ambient categories too, and the winner of multiple awards for our products, service and the way we treat our employees?

We’re innovators, market leaders and thought leaders in the food retail sector which makes our opportunities for Graduates and Placement Students very exciting. We’re looking for the best students – people like us, who hate treading water - to join our 2020 Programmes and go straight into one of our most influential and challenging positions.

The better our buying, the better our business – so all the company’s success stems from the Buying Department. It’s a fast-paced and challenging career, and you will have an opportunity to make an impression on an already successful business.

Our Buying Graduate Programme is designed to give you a real insight into the technical knowledge and build on the key behaviours that you’ll need to become a superstar Buyer in our business. You’ll spend time with Buyers across several categories to gain market knowledge and build an understanding of the key principles of buying. In what will be a hugely varied career, you’ll be assisting with supplier management, producing and presenting sales reports for categories or analysing sales profit and margin, amongst many other things.

We’ll give you responsibility from day one, as you make decisions that will shape the future of our business and your career! You’ll take part in and lead major projects and be accountable for your results. Of course, we’ll develop and mentor you all the way, so you can make the right choices to send profits soaring. But you’ll already have a great knowledge of the food retail market and a passion for getting it right for our customers today and tomorrow.

Entry Requirements:

We’re looking for the very best candidates out there – plain and simple. You’ll need to be on track for a 1st class or 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant degree discipline. You will also have completed a relevant industrial placement which was recognised and supported by your university.

Join us and you’ll be part of the unique Iceland family culture. It’s friendly, informal and dynamic – a place where professionalism and having fun go hand-in-hand. That’s why we’ve twice been voted the UK’s Best Big Company to work for.

With just a few roles on offer, Iceland are only searching for the most ambitious, innovative, fast-paced and driven Graduates. We’re fiercely commercial, fiercely competitive, but also fiercely loyal. If you’ve got what it takes, we’ll look after you and your career – and you won’t want to work anywhere else.

Working for Iceland:

Here at Iceland we offer a very competitive salary for our Graduates and Placement students along with an excellent benefits package, we provide 25 days holiday plus 8 days bank holiday, free parking on site, 10% store discount, 30% club individual restaurant discount, a highly subsidised restaurant on site along with a subsidised costa.

Application process:

We ask all applicants to apply online using the application forms and attaching a copy of your full and up to date CV. If successful you will then be taken through to our online testing facility via an automated email. After the online testing, if successful we then ask candidates to answer 5 questions via video link, we will support you with handy hints and tips to help you with your video interview and you will be able to re-record as many times as you wish to get the perfect application video. If successful after the video interviews you will be invited to an assessment centre in our Deeside Head office where you will have to opportunity to meet with Senior stakeholders within the Buying Department and really leave a lasting impression.

Our Assessment Centres will be held in January, with final interviews going ahead around February time. If successful, all candidates will be due to start in July 2020.

3 months into the role, our Current Graduates and Placement students have said:

"There have been no surprises coming into the role, it’s refreshing that the culture is exactly what it was explained to be."

"I’m pleasantly surprised with the responsibility you get given from the outset"

"I can already see the influence and impact you can make to the business"

"It feels like you are in a real role in the real world, feel like a really valued member of the team and a value to the company"

Please note, due to the volume of applications we have the communications you receive will be mostly automated. If successful at the assessment centre stage a member of our recruitment team will contact, you directly.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

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