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

Applications for all our Graduate schemes and Industrial Placements 2015 are now closed.

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. Our 40 John Lewis shops (30 department stores and 10 at home stores) have been providing customers with the very best products and service for 150 years. Now our website is doing the same in today’s digital age.

Waitrose, meanwhile, is supplying the finest fresh food and quality goods, through its stores and website. Its combination of convenience and expertise have made it the nation’s favourite supermarket*.

Both businesses rely on the dedication and commercial acumen of our Partners in Head Office to succeed and progress.

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 leaders in the retail industry.

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

Our graduate schemes are designed to nurture our future leaders. If you’re up to the challenge, the opportunities are enormous. Many of our past graduates have gone on to make a big impact across the business – on Divisional Boards, our Senior Leadership Team and Branch Steering Groups. In fact, two of the Partnership’s current Board of Directors joined the business through our Retail Management Graduate scheme.

All 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

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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

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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

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)

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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

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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

JLP
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.

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