When Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor opened their first small grocery shop at 263 Acton Hill, West London in 1904, little did they know that within a century the company would have become one of the country's leading food retailers employing over 37,000 people.
The John Lewis Partnership acquired the business in 1937, opening the first Waitrose supermarket in 1955. Today there are 243 branches, dedicated to offering quality, value and customer service.
There are Waitrose shops throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Locations range from high streets to edge of town sites and vary in size from just 7,000 square feet to approximately 56,000 feet. The John Lewis Partnership as a whole employs nearly 68,000 Partners and has a turnover in excess of £6 billion. As well as Waitrose, it runs 26 John Lewis department stores throughout the UK, several manufacturing concerns and a farm.
Waitrose aims to combine the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop. We also offer you a Price Commitment to ensure you always get good value for money when shopping at Waitrose.
Top Quality and Full of Goodness Waitrose is an appealing choice for ambitious graduates. Not only can we offer challenging management careers in the fast-moving retail sector, but the chance to be part of a unique democracy where everyone has a ‘say’ in the way the organisation is run. High-calibre graduates have the opportunity to make a real contribution to our business and to introduce fresh and dynamic ideas that will take us forward. However, everyone learns at a different pace and in different ways. For this reason, we offer a flexible training scheme that aims to get you to an initial appointment as Department Manager within 12-24 months, depending on the pace of learning you are comfortable with.
We recruit up to 30 graduates each year through two intakes in April and September. We seek well-rounded individuals with strong analytical and communication skills, along with the resilience and drive to become truly exceptional leaders. In return, we can guarantee a wealth of career opportunities and total commitment to investing in your personal development.
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