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Employer Information

  • Application deadline: Applications for 2010 schemes begin in September 2009.
  • Starting salaries: £24k and upwards
  • Regions: Nationwide + Ireland
  • Industries: Retail, Management
  • Website: http://www.johnlewis.com/
  • Email: N/A
  • Telephone: N/A
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What is John Lewis?

The John Lewis Partnership is the UK's largest department store group, turning over a profit of £6.8 billion in 2007. One of its best selling points to graduates is that everyone who works for the partnership automatically becomes a shareholder in the company - meaning the interests of the employees and the company are inextricably linked. Every staff member has a say in how the company develops and grows, and receives a share of the profits. But the JLP group also dedicates time to its customers, to make sure they get the very best. The JLP group offers graduate schemes at both John Lewis and Waitrose, allowing graduates to choose the direction they want their career to take.

What roles are available at John Lewis?

Retail Manager (John Lewis, Waitrose); Finance; Management Services; ICT.

Application process for John Lewis.

Contact specific branches for more details. The following John Lewis branches are currently running the graduate management scheme:

  • Cribbs Causeway
  • Peter Jones
  • Peterborough
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford Street
  • Reading
  • Solihull
  • Southampton
  • Watford

Entry requirements and type of person suited for John Lewis.

  • For management, a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) or higher, in any discipline.
  • For ICT, at least a 2:2 in any discipline.
  • For Finance, a 2:1 degree in any discipline, and at least 260 Ucas Points at A-Level (excluding General Studies.) including a minimum of B at A-Level Maths.

The type of person suitable to apply for these schemes are trustworthy, hard working and team players, with strong communication skills, showing initiative, enthusiasm and creativity towards a career in managment or finance. For ICT applicants should already be computer literate. For Finance, applicants should have strong commercial awareness and communication skills, good team working skills and the ability to prioritise effectively. All applicants must have personal integrity in line with the JLP's ethos of customer dedication.

Future prospects and training at John Lewis.

Management training will begin with on the job experience in a floor level placement, whilst being given coaching and support from experienced personnel, before moving on to a more senior position as an assistant in whatever role is applied for. Graduates who complete the management training scheme with John Lewis can move from Department Managers to other service areas like Buying and Merchandising or to senior management positions, while completion of the Waitrose scheme could see graduates move to managing a store within just a few years.

ICT training schemes see graduates enter at trainee levels in a technical environment, learning both the technical and business side of the work. In the second year you move onto system analysis skills with a view to becoming a Senior/Principal Programmer, Senior Analyst or Project Manager.

Finance schemes place graduates in the position to observe and understand many areas of day-to-day business, with a view to gaining an insight into the business side of things before focusing on finance-specific roles. As well as learning from experience professionals, approved training programmes.

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