Here at Morrisons, we get excited about finding great people, who with our support will become our future business leaders. That’s what our graduate programme sets out to do! There are a range of carefully designed schemes to choose from which reflect the diversity of opportunities in our business.
So what do you need to apply?
For most schemes, we ask for a 2:1 degree. Our Retail scheme is more practical, so you’ll need a minimum 2:2 degree.
We recruit people with all sorts of degrees. For us, the important thing is what you bring to your work, your personal qualities and leadership potential. We look for people who share our values and are passionate about the way we work. Everything else we can teach you. Previous work experience would be a bonus, but it’s not absolutely essential – as a graduate, you’ll get to spend time working in one of our many stores.
If you want to be a future business leader in an exciting, fast-paced UK retailer, this is the place to start.
Name: Joseph White
Degree: Business Studies
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.
Training & Profiles
One of the great things about our training is that you’re in the driving seat, and you’ll learn about your area and the wider business by tackling real assignments. The key thing to remember is that you’ll need to spot these challenges as they emerge and put yourself forward to help. It’s all about being proactive and steering your own development – and that calls for drive and bags of initiative.
To be a future business leader, you need to have the right skills. So we’ve developed a ‘leadership behaviour framework’ to help build your talents. There are also extensive learning resources available at every stage of your career. With our expert range of support, you’ll be well equipped to become an incredible future leader.
Please refer to our website.
What schemes are available?
Logistics, Manufacturing, Finance, Trading, IT, Retail and Corporate.
What’s the application process?
It starts with a short online application followed by a series of tests, interviews and an assessment centre.
How long are the schemes?
The scheme length varies by business area.
- Retail - 12 months
- Logistics - 12 months
- Manufacturing - 12 months
- IT - 2 years
- Trading - 2 years
- Finance - 3 years (includes study for the CIMA qualification)
- Corporate - 2 years
What qualifications will I need?
For the Retail scheme you'll need a 2:2 or above and for all other schemes you'll need a 2:1. Your degree subject doesn't matter though for retail, a retail-related degree or retail work experience is desired, but not essential.
What sort of training will I receive on the scheme?
Our focus is on hands-on development. Placements can be real roles or strategic projects, and you will be making a real contribution to the business from day one. Your training will be spread throughout the scheme so you develop key transferable skills which will support your career.
What do Morrisons look for in a graduate?
We recruit in line with our values which are a can-do attitude, great shop-keeping, one team approach, bringing out the best in our people, great selling and service, and fresh thinking. These values help make what we are. As one of our graduates, the stakes are high, so it’s not enough to be just good – you have to have great potential. We look for people who display certain "behaviours", such as Inspiring Action, Being Positive and Pulling Together: you canread about them here. It’s about being passionate about retailing and understanding just how much that word means at a business such as Morrisons.
What opportunities will there be for me after the scheme?
Our investment in future leaders is both genuine and generous. If you've got the leadership skills, passion, integrity and drive to make things happen, then you could join our management team and gain a wealth of experience across the business.
Read our FAQs here: http://www.morrisonsgraduates.com/faqs