Partners make the difference

At the John Lewis Partnership, we’re more than employees – we’re owners. That’s why we’re called Partners.

It’s the shared responsibility we have as owners that makes it so very different from anywhere else over the busy festive season. From stock replenishment to selling, from catering to customer support, everyone pulls together to ensure our customers feel our difference and leave knowing it will be the same next time they interact with us. Join us this Christmas and help make the difference. For us, it’s personal.

John Lewis & Partners shops will be recruiting for seasonal temporary Partners across the UK soon! Waitrose & Partners will also be recruiting throughout the season. Register for job alerts today and we’ll email you when our application window opens.

Click here to register for job alerts for Seasonal vacancies near you.

Take a look at why our current Partners continue to enjoy Christmas at both John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners:

In our Partners, we look for those who are passionate about giving great customer service and are always willing to go one step beyond. Christmas time is fast-paced and dynamic for retail so successful candidates will enjoy a variety of tasks whilst working as part of supportive teams.

If successful you’ll be offered a contract which may include weekend, early morning and late night working. There may be the opportunity to increase your hours, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas. As a seasonal temporary Partner, you will be required to offer flexibility to the branch during our peak trading period.

Opportunities Available

Retail Sales Assistant – As a Retail Sales Assistant you’ll be responsible for making sure our customers find what they are looking for. Whether it’s the perfect gift for a loved one or a new TV to watch the New Years Eve fireworks. Vacancies go live Monday 2nd September 2019.

Retail Stock Assistant –  In this role, you’ll ensure that our shelves remain full for our customers. Ensuring that they can grab what they need to with no problems caused. Vacancies go live Monday 26th August 2019.

Retail Catering Assistant – Shopping over the busy Christmas period can be hungry work. As a Retail Catering Assistant you’ll work within our Hospitality offering within our shops. Servicing customers with a smile as they refuel for the rest of their day. Vacancies go live throughout September 2019.

Retail Foodhall Assistant – We’re very lucky in some of shops that our two treasured brands come together. Waitrose & Partners Foodhalls are small versions of our core stores and are situated inside a John Lewis & Partners shop. We’ll be recruiting for Foodhall assistants in locations such as; Oxford Street and Bluewater.

It’s not just in our shops…

The incredible thing about Christmas time in our business is that every Partner comes together for one shared goal, making it the best possible place for our customers to shop. This starts at the heart of our operation, in our distribution site Magna Park, Milton Keynes. View our current vacancies by clicking here.

Christmas Jobs FAQs

Can I apply for more than one Seasonal vacancy in the same shop?

You can only apply for one Seasonal role per John Lewis & Partners shop. However, you will have the opportunity to express your interest in other Seasonal roles in the same shop if you are invited to attend an interview / assessment.

What is the recruitment process?

Once you have successfully completed the online testing you will be invited to complete an online application form. You will then be invited to an assessment centre if your application is successful at that stage.

I need support with my application. What should I do?

If you have a disability, learning difficulty, medical condition or an individual need which you believe may affect your performance in the application process, we’ll be happy to make adjustments to enable you to perform at your best. For more information, please click here.

When will I hear back if I attend an assessment centre?

Recruiting for our Seasonal vacancies is a busy time for us in the Partnership. We’ll aim to let you know whether you have been successful or not within 2 weeks of your assessment date. Please regularly check your account on and your emails for updates.

If I am successful when will I start?

This will vary between shops and the earliest start dates will be advertised on the vacancy. This would be discussed in more detail at the assessment centre.

Will there be any permanent opportunities available at the end?

At this stage, we do not know our future requirements and this will vary between shops. Should you start in a role with us, you can discuss this with your Line Manager. 

My application has been unsuccessful, can I get some feedback?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests we receive we’re unable to provide specific feedback after assessment centres or interviews for our Seasonal vacancies.