Henderson Group

Graduate Retail Management Training Programme


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The Henderson Group own the SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO, VIVO Essentials and VIVOXTRA franchises in Northern Ireland. A long established and family-owned business, the Henderson Group is the market leader in a very well-developed convenience retailing sector and one of Northern Ireland’s leading Companies with almost 3000 employees and annual revenues in excess of £700m. Its subsidiary company Henderson Retail is one of the top players in the UK independent market and Northern Ireland’s largest fuel site operator and own and operate around 80 SPAR and EUROSPAR stores in N. Ireland. Many of these are petrol forecourt sites, affiliated with major oil brands.

Graduate Retail Management Training Programme - Ref: 8774

If you are ready to kick start your career in retail leadership then our Store Graduate Management Programme is for you. Our comprehensive training programme will provide you with the opportunity to quickly develop with the prospect of running your own store within a short period of time.

After an induction within our central Retail Support office, you will be allocated to a Training Store where you will receive immediate responsibility, combined with excellent on and off the job training gaining invaluable, hands-on experience to every facet of the store – financial management, customer service, community engagement, merchandising, staffing and many others.

On successful completion of the initial training programme you will graduate to Assistant Store Manager and will take up full responsibilities within the Store Management team. Your speed of progression to Store Manager and beyond will be entirely up to you and the results that you achieve.

We'll expect a lot from you throughout the programme, so you'll need to be hardworking, passionate about retail and committed to delivering the very best for our customers. However, you'll receive full support from your mentors and colleagues in your store to help you realise your potential.

To join our Graduate Management Programme you’ll either be graduating next year (2017), or have graduated this year (2016), and will need to have (or to be expecting) at least a 2:2 (or equivalent) in your degree subject. You must have a passion for food retail, working in a store environment and delivering a great service to customers. Previous retail experience is essential and if you’ve got experience within a FMCG environment, this would be a benefit. We’re looking for the ‘best people’ - people with the ability to lead a team, people who are great at communication and people who are eager to drive and maintain excellent store performance and standards. The ability to think outside the box, set yourself high standards and always wanting to continually improve the business are also essential ‘best people’ attributes.

Our roles also require a flexible approach to working so you’ll be happy to do early starts and late finishes and also be available to work on weekends. As we have stores throughout the province, mobility is also key.

You will receive a competitive package and other great benefits. While the package is attractive, the real prize for you is your opportunity for progression to a Store Manager, and beyond, with an established and growing convenience retail market leader.

Applicants should note that based on the response, the Company may increase shortlisting criteria.

These opportunities are open to internal and external candidates.

Completed application forms must be submitted online by Sunday 8th January 2017.

Please be advised that we do not accept paper application forms.  All applications for any external vacancies must be submitted online.

Please note any correspondence in relation to this post will be made via email. Please ensure that henderson-group.com is added to your contacts/safe list. Please also check your junk mailbox for any correspondence.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

Henderson Retail is the retail division of Henderson Group, which owns and operates over 80 successful SPAR and EUROSPAR stores in Northern Ireland.

Henderson Retail is one of the top players in the UK independent market and Northern Ireland’s largest independent fuel site operator.

The business continues to receive industry recognition for its achievements and wins several local and national industry awards on an annual basis. As a business, Henderson Retail actively supports local community groups through a wide range of community initiatives, charity involvement and employee volunteer opportunities.

Henderson Retail implements energy efficiency strategies and initiatives to reduce waste and recycle all cardboard and plastic at its stores.
Henderson Retail prides itself on the quality of its people and considers its strong employee base to be key to its success.

Employees of Henderson Retail are given the opportunity to develop and further their skills and abilities at all levels, both at its head office and throughout its network of stores, through its ‘Putting People First’ framework.