We have other great entry level opportunities
all year round.
Our Central Leaders Graduate Scheme is a structured and rigorous development programme that explores every aspect of business leadership.
Your programme will start with an exciting induction where you’ll not only meet and get to know our other graduates but also hear from our business leaders,
be introduced to your development programme and our vision and values, which underpin everything we do at Sainsbury’s.
You’ll then undertake four six month placements, which could be anywhere across our business.
Whether you are placed in HR, Marketing, General Merchandise, Trading or Digital and Technology to name just a few, we’ll work with you and our
central teams to identify challenging placements that will continue to offer you stretch and development.
Retail is at the heart of our business and so all of our graduates will spend one placement in our fast-paced stores. In this six-month placement you’ll be training to manage a team whilst delivering great customer service; serving our customers whenever and wherever they want.
On the Central Leaders programme you'll undertake a series of six-month placements that could be in a number of divisions: Retail, Food Trading, Human Resources, Non-Food, GM Clothing or Digital and Technology. These will be in a range of central divisions, and one will be in-store, giving you maximum exposure to our business.
As a Central Leader, you'll need great networking skills. We're a diverse national organisation,
so achieving our goals means being able to work together at every level. There's nearly 161,000 of us across the country in a
variety of divisions so working together is key, with trusting each other, working together being one of our colleague values.
Right from the outset, you need more than the usual people skills. You need to be able to engage, influence and present at a senior level, maybe even challenge us to think differently, to improve things for our customers and colleagues. You'll never lose sight of our commercial objectives, but you'll understand that, at Sainsbury's, achieving strategic goals will always mean bringing the talents of a team together to make change happen.
The graduate application process at Sainsbury’s is challenging but will give you a great insight into our company. We are looking for the best talent who are eager to develop. There are 5 stages to the process which are broken down and explained below.
Does everyone do a store placement?
What are the essential requirements for the scheme?
What if I don’t have the essential requirements?
Can overseas students apply?
What support do you offer disabled candidates and colleagues?
Are work internships available?
What salary would I expect if I was successful in obtaining a place on the Sainsbury’s Central Leaders Graduates Scheme?
Where will I be based on the programme?
If I am unsuccessful will I get feedback?
I have a problem with my application, what do I do?