J Sainsbury plc consists of Sainsbury's – a chain of 502 supermarkets and 290 convenience stores – and Sainsbury's Bank.Sainsbury's Supermarkets is the UK's longest standing major food retailing chain, having opened its first store in 1869. The Sainsbury's brand is built upon a heritage of providing customers with healthy, safe, fresh and tasty food. Quality and fair prices go hand-in-hand with a responsible approach to business. Sainsbury’s stores have a particular emphasis on fresh food and we strive to innovate continuously and improve products in line with customer needs.We now serve over 18 million customers a week and have a market share of around 16 per cent. Our large stores offer around 30,000 products and we offer complementary non-food products and services in many of our stores. An internet-based home delivery shopping service is also available to 88 per cent of UK households.
People will always need life’s essentials so the retail sector – food especially – is doing really well. Our results for the beginning of 2009 have been excellent. Like for like sales have gone by more than 7%. And we’re not alone – our big competitors are doing pretty well too. This might come as a surprise – most of what you see in the news about the economy and business is gloomy. But the fact is some of the retail sector in this country has more good news than bad.There are two reasons for this. Firstly, retail in the UK is a fast moving, quick thinking sector – in many cases it’s been dynamic enough to cope with the worst effects of recession. And secondly, selling life’s essentials – food in particular – is a big part of what Sainsbury’s and the businesses we compete with do. And life’s essentials don’t drop off people’s shopping lists just because the economy has taken a turn for the worse. We have a wide range of exciting graduate opportunities available.Whilst each scheme will see you joining a specific area of our business, you will be able to influence and contribute to improving the shopping experience for all of our 18.5 million customers, wherever you are. The Benefits Competitive starting salary ranging between £21,500 – £25,000* depending on scheme with excellent salary progression Discretionary annual bonus 22 days holiday 10% colleague discount after six months Up to £2000 interest free loan Subsided gym membership and other social discounts are available Some schemes include support for professional qualifications including ACCA, CIMA, CIPD, CIM As your career progresses other benefits may become available including Private Healthcare and extra holiday allowance
Our selection process enables us to identify the right people to join the business, but it also enables you to decide if Sainsbury’s is right for you.Sainsbury’s has Six Leadership Behaviours:These reflect the way successful leaders behave in our organisation. You will be asked questions on three of these behaviours during the initial selection stages but will be assessed on all of these as you go through the selection process. Customers Pay Our Wages: the importance of having empathy with customers and understanding that without the customers we wouldn’t get paid; Winning: following up decisions made and challenging the unacceptable situations that may occur. It’s about reviewing, rectifying and moving on positively; On My Watch: understanding what needs to be achieved, and making sure it happens. It ensures that ways of working are challenged, judgement is exercised wisely, and accountability is given and adopted with clear understanding; Tough Love: being firm with people whilst still having respect and affection for them. Making sure they are clear of what is expected of them, managing their performance and supporting them to be the best they can be Commitment is Earned: interpersonal relationships and the way you communicate in order to motivate your team to go out of their way to deliver excellence Try Something New Today: creating opportunities through new approaches. Taking a step back and looking at new ways of working and challenging the norm whilst keeping a realistic view on business requirements.
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