Marks and Spencer plc has over 700 stores in the UK and a further 300+ stores across the world. It has become somewhat of an iconic company with its reputation for being ‘sensible’ and ‘good quality’ and sometimes gets affectionately referred to as ‘M & S’, ‘Marks and Sparks’ or, incorrectly, as ‘Marks and Spencers’.
The first store opened back in 1884 as the idea of Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer – hence its universally known ‘St Michael’ brand.
Mark and Spencer has its company headquarters in the City of Westminster and it is listed on the FTSE 100 index (LSE:MKS). In 2010, Marks and Spencer declared a profit of £9.5bn on a turnover of £56.9bn – an impressive 16.7% – and employed 76,250 people.
As employers go, Marks and Spencer is well sought-after. Its reputation as being a ‘good company to get in with’ is reflected by its ranking in 21st position in The Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers 2010 – 2011 (starting pay for graduates is typically £23,500 to £25,000 p.a.)
Jobvacancies.org has reviewed what Marks and Spencer has to offer by way of employment and here are the principal Marks and Spencer jobs:
Section Manager Jobs
Run one of the Marks and Spencer sections and have a team of dedicated staff help you make your department really hum.
There are 160 Café Revive coffee shops in Marks and Spencer stores which makes it the third largest coffee chain in the UK. If you are in catering and like being busy, this could be for you.
Sell the famous St Michael label clothes in the Menswear, Womenswear or the Childrenswear sections. Help customers choose their garments and take special custom-made orders from them.
Marks and Spencer food has a reputation for being high quality and they only sell their own label products. Make sure that food is properly stored and be on-hand to answer customers’ dietary questions.
Selling everything from large furniture to curtains and bedding you will have literally thousands of high-quality British-made products to learn about. Use that knowledge and help customers to make important decisions and take their orders for goods that are not ex-stock.
Creativity and attention to detail helps the visual merchandising team introduce visually stimulating store-wide displays that are both exciting and in keeping with the Marks and Spencer brand.
Why not become one of the behind the scenes heroes who keep the store running? Every product the stores sells will pass through you and your colleagues’ hands and, without your care, attention and quick thinking things would rapidly grind to a halt.
Commercial Manager Jobs – Manage a section of a busy store and motivate your staff to perform to the highest standard.
Store Manager Jobs – Take charge of and successfully run a multi-million pound business
Regional Manager Jobs – Run up to 60 stores and oversee up to 5,000 employees will be your challenge.
Head Office Jobs
Buyer Jobs – Be responsible for selecting and purchasing all of the product lines that are stocked by the Marks and Spencer stores.
Merchandising Jobs – Ensure that the supply chain from manufacturer to store is unbroken and that goods are delivered on time and to specification.
Finance Jobs – Keep full financial records and produce detailed analyses so that the Marks and Spencer’s board of directors can make informed decisions.
IT Jobs – Develop systems, keep the network security up to date, expand the eCommerce side of the business and compile analytical reports for senior management.
Marketing Jobs – grow and develop the Marks and Spencer brand by liaising between stores and suppliers and introducing new ideas to boost sales figures.
Here is a list of the UK stores complete with contact information and location maps.
International stores – Marks and Spencer now has a presence in over 300 stores across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Why not think about working in one of them?
Shared Services / Admin
Human Resources Jobs – deal with recruitment, payroll, pensions, and manage all aspects of the human side of Marks and Spencer.
Finance and Accounting Jobs – sort out payments owing and owed, banking and the reconciliation of accounts.
Graduate training programme – Marks and Spencer have well-structured courses right from Induction Day through to understudying a senior manager, attending workshops and completing assignments.
Marks and Spencer’s Values
We summarise the ten aspects that make up the Marks and Spencer brand and explains what they expect from their staff.