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In our experience, the quickest way to get ahead in your career, is simply to get on with it. You only find out what a company is really like, day to day, and pick up the specific skills you need, when you actually do the job. And the sooner you start, the sooner you can get on with doing what you love.
In fact, we believe every experience of work should directly support your career. So sign up for one our internships. You’ll take on plenty of responsibility, making an impact on an innovative, multi-channel business, and helping 24 million customers. And you’ll start building the know-how and contacts to get working life off to a flying start.
You’ll find we're very supportive, too. We offer lots of training opportunities including personal development (helping with those tricky networking skills) along with technical insight. To help you work out where to focus, you’ll get to know other interns and you’re encouraged to explore our business. All while being paid and enjoying the benefits of any other colleague. So why not stop reading and start applying?
The internship application process will give you a great insight into our company and a chance for us to get to know you. We are looking for the best talent who are eager to develop. There are four stages to the process which are broken down and explained below.
Tu Clothing Internship
Sainsbury’s Brand Internship
Tu Clothing Internship
Sainsbury’s Brand Internship
They say fish is good brain food. But have you ever thought about how it gets from sea to store? And what powers the decisions behind the journey? Every part of every Sainsbury’s process is driven by data. And with hundreds of stores, thousands of colleagues and millions of customers, we’re talking about big, complex, shifting numbers. Our Analyst Industrial Placement Scheme is all about solving problems, discovering patterns and influencing business strategy. It’s a real work-out for your brain. If you’re studying a numerical degree, and keen to develop programming skills, it’s also a great start to a career in retail analytics. And you’ll earn a competitive salary as you learn.
I joined Sainsbury’s in 2014 as an intern in the Customer Analytics team for a year in industry as part of my degree. Without really knowing what I wanted to do as a career, I applied for the placement as it sounded a bit different – it was an application of the mathematical skills I’d learnt in my degree in a context I hadn’t thought about before. Sainsbury’s is an incredibly values-driven organisation and this aspect really appealed to me. I was also attracted to the strong focus on personal development and growth which I benefitted from hugely during my placement year.
Sainsbury’s produces a huge amount of targeted marketing, and my team is behind which customers get which offers, when, and why. As you know we’re a Nectar partner which means that we are able to understamd shopping habits and then produce highly targeted marketing communications to our customers. Swiping a Nectar card gives us valuable information that increases our knowledge of how customers shop and interact with us. This enables us to make decisions about what communications and offers will be the most valuable to them – whether that be coupon at till, an email or a personalised mailer sent to the customer’s door. There are around 26 million customer transactions per week that feed into our databases, so you can imagine the wealth of data we have to use. We then use the data to turn the insight into relevant and personalised communications that we can send back to customers.
We use different analytical tools and techniques to manipulate the data and gain useful insight into our customers. I had some programming experience at university, but during my placement I was given great training opportunities and was able to learn even more on the job – my team was great at sharing skills and knowledge. I was also able to spend time with other teams across the business to see how my skills could be used in a different context. Sainsbury’s is a large and growing business with lots of opportunities to network and grow personally and professionally. Now I’ve graduated I have returned to the business in a similar role as a Customer Analyst which I love.
Getting food on the table starts way before our customers buy it. It’s a huge and complex operation, from the warehouse to the delivery truck, and onto the shelves of hundreds of stores nationwide. And it’s all down to our Logistics experts, who keep every part of the chain connected and running smoothly. On our Logistics Industrial Placement Scheme you’ll take on the role of Transport or Warehouse Team Manager, and gain real experience of running a team. You’ll also be involved in project work in the central logistics team, enabling you to develop knowledge and skills in everything from health, safety and environmental legislation, through to project support. So, if you’ve got a practical, results-focused way of thinking, it’ll give you a strong start to a great career. And you’ll earn a competitive salary as you learn.
I began working for Sainsbury’s on the Logistics Internship which is a one year placement scheme during my third year of university. I am very passionate about logistics and spent the first six months training as a Team Manager in one of our depots, where I was responsible for a team of over 50 colleagues. I received training on the site processes and received guidance on managing and leading a large and diverse team. Continuous support was available from the warehouse site team, and I had a colleague and a business mentor.
Following this, I moved into a central role for the second six months of the placement where I joined the Logistics Implementation Team. Here I was an integral part of testing and implementing a warehouse control system and automation into a new build site. I was able to develop my knowledge and understanding of testing (something I had no previous knowledge of), by learning from the team around me. I was then able to draw on my experience from the first six months to support the site team during and after the project went live.
Following an exciting and successful year, I was offered part time work alongside my final year at university and subsequently re-joined the Logistics Implementation Team after graduating. I’m now a Project Support Manager working on even more exciting projects across the network. Our business is constantly changing and I am looking forward to what my future looks like here.
If you’re looking for a placement year at university, I would strongly recommend the Sainsbury’s Logistics Internship. Sainsbury’s are a great company to work for and the logistics scheme will provide you with the opportunity to stretch, challenge and apply yourself in an exciting, expanding and face paced area of the business
Tu Clothing Internship
Thanks to Sainsbury’s, millions of customers across Britain live well for less. It’s our Buyers who make sure their money goes a long way on quality, They’re the ones who do the research that tells us what the customers want. They source brilliant suppliers with great products, and make the deals that secure the best prices. On our Buying Industrial Placement, you’ll experience all that and more. With your head for numbers and keen eye for detail, you’ll fit right in. A team player who loves working with people, you’ll discover just how brilliant you can be. And you’ll earn a competitive salary as you learn.
I’ve always wanted to work within a multi-divisional company that will allow me to explore and experience not only every channel and various roles across the business but also work with a breadth of different products. Sainsbury’s visions and values like product quality, leadership in design coupled with a strong ethical policy and emphasis on colleague diversity and inclusion (to name just a few) made Sainsbury’s my number one choice when looking to complete my placement year at university.
Although I have only been at Sainsbury’s for a few months, I’ve already seen how the company welcomes new starters into the organisation and this is especially true for interns and graduates. I have already been exposed to the wide range of learning and development opportunities within the business and I am excited to see what the rest of the internship has to offer. The internship is also giving me an opportunity to apply the concepts which I am learning on my course at university to a work setting.
As a buyer's admin assistant I have been able to put into practice and improve my academic skills whilst directly understanding the wider picture of the buying function. This is supplemented with my day-to-day liaisons with other departments including merchandising, design and visual merchandisers that have further improved my understanding of the face paced and competitive retail environment.
With Sainsbury’s growing so rapidly it’s a great time and place to start your career!
When you’re starting your career in Marketing, it pays to start big. And to start fast. There aren’t many opportunities around to develop your skills and knowledge while talking to an audience of over 24 million. That’s just one of the things that makes Sainsbury’s such a special place to be.
On our Marketing Industrial Placement Scheme, you’ll play a real part in promoting an iconic British brand. Our high profile campaigns are seen by millions of people - not just our 24 million customers, but also millions more savvy shoppers looking to live well for less.
Thanks to our cutting-edge data science, you’ll get to know our customers inside-out. You’ll get to know all kinds of experts too, in fields as diverse as Marketing, Retail and Trading. From our massive Christmas TV ads, to in-store events, direct mail and social media, you could be a part of innovative marketing projects that span a wide range of different channels and approaches.
If you’re passionate about marketing, this is the ultimate start to your career. The salary is £18,000 so a great way to earn while you learn. Of course, the biggest benefit is the chance to see how your university experience and theoretical knowledge can create real business success.
The marketing internship is new and looks like a fantastic opportunity. As a colleague in their early career I think my experiences are a good reflection on what to expect when joining us.
After successfully completing my degree at Cardiff University I was given the fantastic opportunity to join Sainsbury’s on their marketing work experience programme. With a passion for food retail and at such an exciting time in the food industry, this seemed like a no-brainer!
Aside from work I can honestly say that it really is “a great place to work”. There is constant positivity in and around the office and everyone is very much on board with the Sainsbury’s philosophy. After this work experience I made it my mission to ensure that I was part of this wonderful Sainsbury’s marketing team.
Two years later I am part of the Brand Expression team.
In short, my job is to implement and govern the brand guidelines for shopper marketing channels. Ensuring that the Sainsbury’s message and tone of voice is carried out consistently. For someone who is extremely passionate about brands and the importance of brands and how they are presented, this role is absolutely perfect for me.
Three months in I am loving my job and there is never a “typical” day. I face new challenges every day and enjoy finding new ways of tackling them. One of my favourite parts of this job is working with our colleagues. Working with so many different teams means I’m meeting new people on a daily basis and everyone has been a true pleasure to work with.
Over 1,200 stores. A growing online proposition. 24 million customers. Thousands of products. And one huge promise: to help our customers live well for less. However you look at it, our customers are at the heart of what we do. Ensuring that we have the right products, competitive pricing and strong relationships with suppliers is at the heart of Sainsbury’s success. Getting it all right will reward you like nothing else.
On our Trading Industrial Placement you’ll enjoy real responsibilities. You’ll help to decide what we sell, interact with our suppliers, set prices and promotions nationwide. As you develop some serious skills, we’ll rely on you to help make sure we keep doing commercial business ethically. That means everything from sourcing with integrity, to managing supplier relationships.
Trading is a fast-paced world. You can experience life as a Buyer (managing categories, securing the best prices and profits), a Category Planner (setting category strategies) or a Range Planner (deciding how we display our goods based on our shoppers’ habits). Wherever you start, you could be behind our next big seller. And you’re sure to boost your commercial expertise.
If you’re passionate about negotiating, are analytical and enjoy building strategic plans and relationships, this is the ultimate start to your career. The salary is £18,000 so a great way to earn while you learn. Of course, the biggest benefit is the chance to see how your university experience and theoretical knowledge can create real business success.
I started on a different internship a few years ago which consisted of a placement in Trading and Marketing. The Trading internship is new and looks like a great opportunity. On my internship I loved working in Trading and subsequently have now started my career here.
I first applied for a role at Sainsbury’s because I wanted to pursue a career which would have tangible results and impact peoples’ lives on a day to day basis. For me our corporate responsibility agenda, distinguish us from other businesses. Given my interest in this area I was delighted that, when I joined as an Intern, my first placement was in the Corporate Responsibility and Society team within our Marketing division. This was a great opportunity to understand how a large company functions and the role that we play in our community, not just in an economic sense. Among other projects at the time, I had the opportunity to create the 20x20 report and to formalise a process for the quarterly Corporate Responsibility and Society updates. The key challenge for us as a team was to explore different channels through which to communicate to customers all of the activities that go on within our business.
My second placement was in a trading position within our Dairy team. On a day to day basis I was responsible for the commercial aspects of cheese, looking at sales and profit while ensuring the right range of cheese was available to customers. In this role it was great to be able to work alongside Developers, Technologists and the Supply Chain team who are all experts in their own field. It also allowed for exposure to both branded and Sainsbury’s brand products as well as suppliers of all sizes. For me it was great to be able to walk into store and see the impact of your own work and for this to be translated into tangible data to inform any future action.
As I mentioned I am now working in the Trading team in the Store Support Centre as a Floral Buyer. If you’re interested in a company that will stretch you and a job which will continually keep you learning, I would highly recommend Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s Brand Internship
There’s much more to Brand than the packaging at Sainsbury’s. It’s also about the thought behind the food or drink inside it. It’s about the ideas we develop, the technology we use to produce our products, our commitment to sustainability, and our contribution to Fair Trade. We’ll open your eyes to all of this on our Brand Industrial Placement Scheme. If you’re studying a food science or other science related degree, with a passion for food and an interest in retail, this is a great start to your career. Working alongside brand experts, and visiting suppliers, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into our FTSE 100 business. You’ll have the chance on a project of your own - one that delivers a genuine, positive impact. And you’ll earn a competitive salary as you learn.
I completed the Sainsbury's Brand Internship after my second year of university. I spent the year working on a number of different projects across the organisation, which meant I was exposed to different teams, products and suppliers. The internship gave me a great insight into the food industry and the world of food retail.
One of the projects I led was a project in soft drinks focussing on reducing instability and improving product quality. Throughout the project I worked closely with numerous suppliers and experts in the industry; I learnt a huge amount about processing, root cause analysis and quality monitoring. Another key project I managed was based in a Sainsbury's laboratory and in one of Sainsbury’s depots. The aim of the project was to investigate new equipment to measure quality attributes of our products and to ensure, we really understand our products and what factors can influence the quality. It was an amazing opportunity to experience working in different environments within the business, interacting with lots of new colleagues and making a difference to product quality.
Personal development is a key part of the internship. As an intern, you are constantly being challenged, have the opportunity to attend many training courses and really progress as an individual. Sainsbury's is really supportive and allows you to be the best you can be.
After successfully completing my degree and then taking a year out to travel, I have returned to Sainsbury's as the Technical Assistant for Vegetables and Salad. In this role I work with and support the Technical Managers and technologists to ensure our suppliers and products meet our high standards and that projects are delivered. I work on reducing customer complaints through data analysis and root cause analysis, making certain the products on our shelves are great quality. I spend time out at our supply base which is an aspect of the job I really enjoy; it has allowed me to really understand our products and how they are made. I have the opportunity to work cross-functionally with another teams in our business such as Trading and Supply Chain, which has enabled me to fully appreciate the processes, commitment and detail which goes into getting the highest quality products to our customers.
I really enjoy my job, I love the fast paced working environment and the day to day challenges we face and successfully overcome. There are lots of opportunities for recent graduates at Sainsbury's with supportive structures in place and clear progression routes. Sainsbury's is a great place to work and you'll be part of strong team with great colleagues.
Over 160,000 colleagues. More than 1,200 stores, offices and depots. All working together, everywhere, to shape Sainsbury’s success and help 24 million customers live well for less. It’s no wonder our HR division is such an exciting and challenging place to work.
On our HR Industrial Placement you’ll get to play a very real - in fact, critical - role in ensuring we continue to get the best from our people, for our customers and our business. It’s a wide ranging area - from attracting the best talent, and supporting colleagues to reach their full potential, through to delivering strategic change in partnership with commercial divisions.
Over the course of a challenging, rewarding, inspiring and enlightening journey, you’ll discover new skills and knowledge that set you up for a bright future in HR. You’ll enjoy plenty of support and guidance along the way. This could be the start of something big.
If you’re passionate about a future in HR, this is the ultimate start to your career. The salary is £18,000 so a great way to earn while you learn. Of course, the biggest benefit is the chance to see how your university experience and theoretical knowledge can create real business success.
During my first six months on the HR internship I was based in the Diversity & Inclusion team and I looked after elements of each strand of diversity (Race, Religion & Belief, LGBT, Gender, and Disability & Carers). This placement was a brilliant place to start as I got to learn about an area I’d never come across before. It involved a lot of stakeholder management, organising events, supporting Public Affairs with D&I issues in the press and attending external events representing Sainsbury’s whilst learning best practice in the industry. My next placement was in Resourcing where I worked with the Resourcing Partner for Digital & Technology. I had previous experience in Resourcing so this served to develop my skills and exposed me to the large division which faced growth and turnover challenges. Both placements allowed me to grow my network and learn a huge amount about both specialist and generalist HR, whilst pushing me to think quickly and how to prioritise my work.
After my internship I had support finding a generalist role within HR. I also had a mentor who helped me to hone my career plan and got me to consider other areas of interest in Sainsbury’s but outside HR. I have now worked as a Digital Product Owner in Digital & Technology for 9 months which I find challenging but extremely interesting. The HR internship enabled me to experience how different divisions are across the business, whilst being able to transfer the skills I learned into my new role.
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