John Lewis is a huge name in the retail sector. As part of the larger John Lewis Partnership, which also encompasses the Waitrose supermarket business, the company employs close to 85,000 people.
John Lewis retails in almost everything you can think of. They sell products for the home and garden, good for the sports and leisure industry, clothes for men, women, children and babies. At John Lewis department stores you will also find the latest electrical goods, tech items and gifts for every occasion.
The company, founded by John Spedan Lewis, has been trading since the late 1920s and now has over 30 department stores and John Lewis “At Home” outlets across the United Kingdom. The Partnership also includes close to three hundred supermarkets under the Waitrose brand. As a whole, the John Lewis business is worth close to £10 billion a year in sales.
So, as you can imagine, there is much scope and opportunity for all sorts of jobs at John Lewis...
Students with a nearby John Lewis outlet or Waitrose store should be able to find various flexible work opportunities on a part time basis at the firm. (For more specific details about Waitrose, have a look over our Waitrose Jobs page.)
In-store John Lewis jobs include work as sales assistants, sales support and catering staff. At Waitrose, students could also find part time work as supermarket assistants and support staff. If there is a John Lewis distribution facility close by then there is even more scope for students to find a job which they can fit around their studies.
Graduates are also very well catered for at John Lewis. Graduate programmes include the John Lewis Leadership Scheme as well as specialist roles in Finance, Buying, IT and Merchandising. Starting salaries for graduates at John Lewis are in excess of £25,000 and the benefits make their graduate packages even more attractive.
John Lewis also runs a successful apprenticeship programme. Positions are available for apprentices at both John Lewis and Waitrose outlets and you will receive a fantastic grounding in the retail industry at either business.
One of the most interesting things about working for John Lewis is that the business treats all of their employees as ‘partners’ - which means that, in effect, you are a co-owner of the company. You will take a share of their profits and have a voice in how the John Lewis business develops.
If you would like a rewarding job with a big name at the forefront of the retail business in the UK, then see what is on offer at the John Lewis Partnership today.