WHSmith - Retail Head Office Graduate Programme (15 months)

Salary: £26,000 + benefits
Location: South West, London, Swindon
Start date: Sep-2018
Sectors: Computing & IT, Retail, Finance, Buying & Merchandising

About us
You may know we operate in airports, rail and bus stations, hospitals, universities, workplaces, and – of course on the high street. But you may be surprised to learn we’ve been around since 1792 and have over 14,000 people working with us globally. We’re continually growing by putting our customers at the heart of all we do. So, at WHSmith we offer careers with No Limits!


What you’ll do:
We are offering specialist Buying, Finance and IT Graduate Programmes across both Head Offices in London and Swindon, Wiltshire. In short, you’ll learn all about and become an expert in your preferred function (Buying/Finance or IT) through an exciting 15 month programme; split into approximately 4 rotational placements dependant on the function you join. Whichever function you join you will spend the first 6 months learning all about your function, this is a chance to really get a deep understanding, tackle a range of tasks and get a good grounding of your function.


Next up is two short placements; one in our stores giving you an opportunity to really understand the heart of our business and be on the frontline to gain insight of our customers and the second in a complimentary function to provide you with a broader understanding of the business as well as aiding your progress within your preferred function. Finally, it’s back to your specialist area where you’ll really hone in on your skills and build expertise within your desired specialist area setting you up in readiness to fast-track your career.


What’s in it for you?
You might be learning the ropes – but you’ll still have responsibility as you learn crucial elements of your preferred function. Expect to deliver ‘real work’ and shine as part of a wider team. Rest assured that you’ll get solid support and plenty of on-the-job training. We’ll give you a personal coach who will build your confidence and help with your development. And when the programme is up? You’ll still have our support. We’ll give you a ‘Direct Sponsor’ to guide your ongoing career progression. Six-monthly salary reviews mean that while your expertise grow; your rewards could too. Want more? You’ll also receive a range of flexible benefits, from staff discounts to 24 days’ holiday (and the option to buy more). Plus; a pension, the perks of your birthday off and an early finish on Fridays. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll welcome your drive and smart ideas. In our business, fresh thinking can take you anywhere – there really are No Limits to where your career can go.


Who we’re looking for:
We need people who are exceptionally talented, passionate and driven to not only begin but accelerate their future career in Retail. At WHSmith, results and performance are key. You need to be a top flight graduate who is; self-motivated and highly commercial with strong numerical and analytical skills. You also need a 2:1 degree (minimum), ideally in a Retail or Business-related subject. But what will really count is an entrepreneurial approach. Wherever you join and in whichever function, where you go from there is driven by your determined attitude to succeed. Choose your direction and develop your interests, and we’ll give you the support to grow.


Closing date for applications is 12th January 2018. We will be holding assessment centres in February/March so it is imperative that you are available to attend if successful. Those who are successfully offered will be expected to begin the Programme September 2018.



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