Charlotte
Store Planner

Charlotte's Fact File

Job Title: Store Planner
University: Anglia Ruskin University
Degree: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Location: Ansty Park Store Support Centre, Coventry
Hobbies: Painting, running and aerobics
Favourite Sainsbury’s Product: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Conegliano Prosecco
Time at Sainsbury’s: 12 years
 
Following my GCSEs, I started working part time as a General Assistant on Checkouts for Sainsbury’s in the old Bishop’s Stortford store. The hours were perfect while I was completing my A-Levels and after a couple of years I progressed to Checkout Supervisor. I had just started university when the new store opened and I was given the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in a new role as a part-time Store Trainer with flexible hours, allowing me to complete my degree whilst staying at Sainsbury’s. After graduation I wasn’t sure what to do next, then my Deputy Manager asked if I had considered the Property division. I had no idea at the time that there were so many opportunities within the wider Sainsbury’s population that could utilise my degree in Architecture. Sainsbury’s allowed me to put my degree knowledge into practise and I completed some work experience in our Store Planning team at Holborn Store Support Centre. Unfortunately, at the time there were no immediate opportunities to join the team full-time so I moved to our new Welwyn Garden City as a Store Trainer. This was a great opportunity, and very testing at first, with around 250 colleagues all needing essential trainingadhoc days of work experience to keep in touch.

After two years I successfully applied for a Business Support role within Property and actually ended up securing a more senior role within Store Planning. I have been in my current role for nearly two and a half years and look forward to many more within our Property division.

My job sees stores transform from first insights all the way through to completion on site. It entails everything from liaising with Architects, key stakeholder engagement and dealing with any issues that arise during construction. Each project is different and has its own challenges, which keeps the role interesting and diverse. I also work in a great team where we all support each other to get projects over the line and delivered to our programme timescales.

We're a great company to work for with more opportunities than you first realise. For any graduates that are considering applying to us, or indeed to stay within Sainsbury’s and further their careers, I would say you're making a great choice.