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Welcome to our M&S careers and recruitment feature. Here we outline: national, international and graduate opportunities and general recruitment help. On this page we also feature value added advice for landing a Marks and Spencer vacancy. In Kent we know that M&S is a highly regarded employer and there are large numbers of applicants for each advertised job. We have heard anecdotally that M&S may receive in excess of 100 applications for basic retail assistant roles, don't let these numbers put you off, they simple show that this is a highly regarded employer so competition for jobs is stiff. As with many employers to wake up one day and to say 'I want to get a job with them today' might be a hard goal to achieve, but if you can work in advance of your application to prepare the ground you can dramatically increase your chances. In every instance our advice is to do some research before you start your application!
Quick Tip - If you're going to complete an application with M&S at any level make sure you know the published values and take a quick look at M&S Plan A (sustainable retail). This crops up time and again in the job applicant feedback we receive.
Marks and Spencer is the kind of employer that can offer a rewarding career to any job seeker that has the right qualities. Because of its; market position, rates of pay and reputation it generally has many applicants applying for each vacancy. On this page we take you through the basics steps necessary to complete and application to join M&S.
For links to the M&S recruitment portal as well as other retail recruitment resources visit the retail recruitment feature. A quick word about completing online or paper application forms - if you want to be successful treat them seriously, the employer will! The key to making a winning application is attention to detail and research.
M&S are one of the great Christmas employers, in 2012 they recruited close to 20,000 seasonal staff and up to 20% of Christmas workers can be offered a permanent contract. It is regarded by some recruitment insiders as one of the best ways of getting a job with this company. Nearly all Christmas contracts are for in store customer assistant and café assistants jobs with a few in store operation roles. There is a two day training/induction session and even temporary staff get many of the benefits of working for the organisation like the 20% staff discount.
The store was the product of a partnership between Michael Marks, a Polish refugee and Thomas Spencer, a Yorkshire cashier. 1894 was the year that the partners obtained a stall in a Leeds covered market, and the rest is history.
A few facts about M&S that will help you form an idea about who they are and provide some building blocks should you wish to pursue an application:
Do you have an idea of what kind of job you are looking for? There are many different entry points and career paths in a company as large as Marks and Spencer, as a starting point we can divide careers into the following areas:
Applications for 2013/2014 now closed
There is stiff competition for a place on one of Marks and Spencer UK Graduate Recruitment schemes. 2012/2013 scheme are now closed. The 2014/20154 schemes open in September 2014. We hold details and general information on our own Marks and Spencer Graduate Recruitment page.
5% of the group turnover comes from operations outside of the UK and Ireland. Most of this business is carried out through franchise and part-owned operations. Marks and Spencer aims to have 80% of managers from the local community so if you are a citizen in the country where the store is based you should feel encouraged to apply for appropriate vacancies.
Contact details for leading international stores are published at the foot of this page.
Marks and Spencer Group plc, Waterside House, 35 North Wharf Road, London, W2 1NW
The centralised human resource function of the whole Marks and Spencer group dealing primarily with issues connected to payroll, pensions, administration and all other HR functions. More details from the recruitment website.
Store vacancies - can be divided into the following categories:
Before you apply for a job with Marks and Spencer visit your local store as well as the recruitment website: Kay Jones Wolsey is the Group Head of Recruitment at M&S. "Many people come to us with preconceived ideas about what retail management at M&S is like. But the scale of what we do means these ideas are sometimes short of the mark."
There definitely isn't a one size fits all approach to store management at M&S. Stores, departments and people can be very different and it's the job of M&S human resource people to match up the right candidates with the right stores. Visit the corporate recruitment website. Please note you can apply for one Head Office vacancy and a Retail Management vacancy or you can register your details on the Talent Bank.
The 2014 scheme is likely to be open in April 2014, we'll publish more details as soon as they are released. The company usually look for two good A levels (or equivalent) and qualities like ambition, motivation and a real interest in a career in retail.
Yourcounty has been providing information for job seekers for over a decade. Our advice here is directed primarily at local in-store vacancies but can be used by any potential applicant. We specifically don't provide advice for candidates after the initial application stage.
Top Ten Tips for making a sucessful application to M&S.
If you've got an interview give yourself a pat on the back, but consider that the real work starts now. The feedback we have received puts a great deal of emphasis on preparation. Generally speaking preparation can be divided into three parts. Prepare yourself, make sure you are well presented and in the right place at the right time, go into any Marks and Spencer store and you'll see how important the business takes grooming. Make sure you have done all of the relevant research, make sure you know enough about the jobs and part of the business you are hoping to join. Train hard and fight easy - do some interview role play, get a friend or college to offer you a mock interview, talk to someone who has been interviewed for a similar position and research the kind of questions which may be asked. More advice available from our interview help pages.
Generally speaking the better your level of preparation the more confident you are likely to feel.
Marks and Spencer offer their employees (at the time of writing):
If you're trying to find the Marks and Spencer website by typing the domain you must use www.marksandspencer.com and www.m&s.com or www.m&s.co.uk, www.marksandspencer.co.uk or even www.marks&spencer.com. The use of the & is not possible in domain names.
Do you have a M&S story you'd like to share with other job seekers? If so we'd be delighted to hear simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Marks and Spencers' in the title. We are happy to correct any factual errors, please see our disclaimer.
"If you get as far as an interview, grooming is really important, this is true for both men and women, you'd have to have a pretty good CV if you turned up looking scruffy and still got the job."
"Thanks for your interview help and recruitment guides, I can share the questions I was asked as my last (successful) interview. From memory they asked me: Why would you like to work for this company in particular? What sets us apart from our competitors? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Do you have experience of dealing with difficult customers? Hope this helps. Caroline (Sheffield).
If you are looking for the location in Kent where in-store vacancies are likely to occur, try these (details corect at the time of writing).
This is not a complete listing but contains many of the leading stores and websites, some of which hold recruitment details for those respective countries.
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