We’re constantly searching for fresh new ideas to meet our customers’ needs.
One of the key places we look is at our graduates.

Graduates

PLEASE NOTE – Applications for all our 2014 Graduate, Industrial Placement and Summer Internship schemes have now closed.

Applications for our September 2015 intake for all Graduate, Industrial Placement and Summer internship schemes will open on Wednesday 1st October 2014.

We believe that the John Lewis Partnership continues to grow because we are committed to introducing fresh ideas while simultaneously upholding our longstanding principles of quality, service and value.

Over the years, we’ve evolved a distinct and successful brand of retailing that customers recognise and trust. Alongside this, we’ve grown to become an expert in the field of graduate recruitment; at training, developing and nurturing our graduates into some of the most successful professionals and managers in the retail industry.

Keeping our success story moving forward. In all kinds of new ways.

We are a different kind of business. And we aim to give our graduates every opportunity to make a difference to our business. Which is why we run a number of graduate schemes that offer a range of options for driven and ambitious people to develop their expertise and have a real say in determining the future of the Partnership.

All of our schemes include an element of core skills development, the purpose of which is to give all graduates experience across all areas of the Partnership, exposure to a variety of senior business leaders, opportunities to work with different individuals and the chance to develop a strong graduate community.

Beyond that, each scheme provides more specific experience, specialist or generalist, as well as technical training and support for any relevant professional qualifications. The boxes below contain more details about each of the schemes.

John Lewis Partnership Finance Graduate Scheme
  • Three-year scheme
  • Finance rotations within all divisions of the Partnership
  • Finance-focused business projects
  • Focus on professional development
  • Study towards ACCA/CIMA accreditation
  • London/Bracknell based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc or above

More information

John Lewis Retail Management Graduate Scheme
  • Two-year scheme
  • Rotations in one or more branches
  • Includes Online/Distribution/Contact Centre experience
  • Anticipated appointment to Department Manager role within 12-18 months
  • UK-wide locations
  • Requirements: 2:2 BA/BSc or above

More information

John Lewis Buying Graduate Scheme
  • Two-year scheme
  • Placements within different Buying functions
  • Focus on professional development and specialist skills
  • London based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc or above plus Maths and English GCSE, grade B or above

More information

John Lewis Partnership Technology Graduate Scheme
  • Two-year scheme
  • Placements cover a range of technical and non-technical areas
  • Follow a career path in analysis, programming or project management
  • Explore technology functions in John Lewis, Waitrose and Partnership Services
  • Bracknell or London based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc (any discipline – an IT degree is not essential) plus Maths and English GCSE, grade B or above (or equivalent)

More information

Waitrose Graduate Leadership Scheme
  • Three-year scheme
  • Three branch rotations in year one
  • Head Office/Supply Chain/Partnership Services rotation in year two
  • Branch/Head Office/Supply Chain/Partnership Services rotation in year three
  • Delivers a breadth of experience
  • Study towards professional management qualifications
  • Requirements: 300 UCAS points (or equivalent) from top 3 A-Levels not including AS Levels and 2:1 BA/BSc or above

More information

John Lewis Merchandising Graduate Scheme
  • Two-year scheme
  • Placements within different Merchandising functions
  • Focus on professional development and specialist skills
  • London based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc or above plus Maths and English GCSE, grade B or above

More information

Core Modules and Projects

As well as your scheme specific training, you’ll also take part in our core development programme. This will give you more exposure to the whole John Lewis Partnership – giving you the chance to expand your network across different directorates and divisions as you carry out a diverse range of challenges specifically designed to stretch your business acumen from every angle. This will include the following:

  • Induction
  • Line management and leadership training
  • Project lifecycle project
  • Six-month summit
  • Live business project
  • 12-month seminar
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership event

More information

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Finance

John Lewis Retail Management

John Lewis
Buying

John Lewis Partnership Finance Graduate Scheme

  • Three-year scheme
  • Finance rotations within all divisions of the Partnership
  • Finance-focused business projects
  • Focus on professional development
  • Study towards ACCA/CIMA accreditation
  • London/Bracknell based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc or above

More information

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John Lewis Retail Management Graduate Scheme

  • Two-year scheme
  • Rotations in one or more branches
  • Includes Online/Distribution/Contact Centre experience
  • Anticipated appointment to Department Manager role within 12-18 months
  • UK-wide locations
  • Requirements: 2:2 BA/BSc or above

More information

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John Lewis Buying Graduate Scheme

  • Two-year scheme
  • Placements within different Buying functions
  • Focus on professional development and specialist skills
  • London based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc or above plus Maths and English GCSE, grade B or above

More information

close

Core Modules and Projects

As well as your scheme specific training, you’ll also take part in our Core Development programme. This will give you more exposure to the whole John Lewis Partnership – giving you the chance to expand your network across different directorates and divisions as you carry out a diverse range of challenges specifically designed to stretch your business acumen from every angle. This will include the following:

  • Induction
  • Line management and leadership training
  • Project lifecycle project
  • Six-month summit
  • Live business project
  • 12-month seminar
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership event

More information

close

JLP
Technology

Waitrose Graduate Leadership

John Lewis Merchandising

John Lewis Partnership Technology Graduate Scheme

  • Two-year scheme
  • Placements cover a range of technical and non-technical areas
  • Follow a career path in analysis, programming or project management
  • Explore technology functions in John Lewis, Waitrose and Partnership Services
  • Bracknell or London based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc (any discipline – an IT degree is not essential) plus Maths and English GCSE, grade B or above (or equivalent)

More information

close

Waitrose Graduate Leadership Scheme

  • Three-year scheme
  • Three branch rotations in year one
  • Head Office/Supply Chain/Partnership Services rotation in year two
  • Branch/Head Office/Supply Chain/Partnership Services rotation in year three
  • Delivers a breadth of experience
  • Study towards professional management qualifications
  • Requirements: 300 UCAS points (or equivalent) from top 3 A-Levels not including AS Levels and 2:1 BA/BSc or above

More information

close

John Lewis Merchandising Graduate Scheme

  • Two-year scheme
  • Placements within different Merchandising functions
  • Focus on professional development and specialist skills
  • London based
  • Requirements: 2:1 BA/BSc or above plus Maths and English GCSE, grade B or above

More information

close

A more comprehensive explanation of the Partnership’s graduate Core Development programme, and how this will help you gain the skills required to be a success at the Partnership is available at our Core Development Programme page.

If you’re excited by a graduate career at the largest department store group in the UK, with a network of shops stretching from Aberdeen to Exeter, our John Lewis Graduate Scheme is for you.

If you’d like to be a future senior manager of a pioneering fresh food retailer that has been voted Britain’s Favourite Retailer*, find out more about the Waitrose Graduate Scheme.

Or if you’d like to launch your career in an office environment that supports, co-ordinates and develops our extensive retail operation, discover what our Head Office graduate schemes in John Lewis Buying, John Lewis Merchandising, Partnership Technology and Partnership Finance can do for you.

*Voted by BBC consumer programme Watchdog.

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