Henderson Group

Retail Graduate Management Trainee Programme


Job Details

Reference Number



Province Wide

Contract Type

Full-Time Permanent

Closing Date


Retail Graduate Management Trainee Programme (Ref: 11607)

Commencing in 2020…

We’re looking for talented graduates with a genuine passion for food retailing, a focus on first class customer service, and a desire to lead an award-winning team to join us.  We plan to commence two programmes in 2020, starting in March and August, so whether you’ll be graduating next year (2020) or have graduated since 2018, then we have exciting opportunities for you…

Careers are made at the Henderson Group!
Henderson Retail own and operate more than 90 SPAR and EUROSPAR stores in Northern Ireland. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of community retailing and creating the very best retail experience for our customers. We’re part of the £850 million turnover Henderson Group with over 3800 employees across the province and still growing! Our business has been recognised externally for delivering excellence in employment.

Our success is down to our amazing teams and we make sure everyone knows they are a valued part of the business. Work with us and you’ll find we listen to you, tailor training to your needs and reward you for the dedication you put into your career with us. We’re a family run company with integrity at its core. We believe in treating each other with respect and working as a team to achieve success. We have a unique culture that helps attract so many talented, ambitious people to our company. They see a long and prosperous future for themselves – the same future we may have in store for you!

The Programme:
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, leading and inspiring your team…the role is exciting and diverse, with no two days the same!

On successful completion of the initial training programme you will progress 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. 

Why join us?

  • We’re offering the ideal candidates a competitive salary and bonus scheme.
  • Employee discount (food and fuel) scheme at Henderson Group company-owned Spar/ Eurospar stores.
  • Perks Directory- Offers & Discount Scheme throughout UK & Ireland
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Voluntary Healthcare Scheme.
  • Excellent Training & Development Opportunities.
  • Above all, you’ll be joining an award-winning team, where the recipe for success is having fun and a positive attitude, helping each other and celebrating our achievements!

What you’ll need:

  • To join our Graduate Management Programme, you’ll either be graduating next year (2020), or you will have graduated in either 2018 or 2019.
  • You 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 you’ll also be available to work on weekends. As we have stores throughout the province, mobility is also key.

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

These opportunities are open to internal and external candidates.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, click “Apply Now” and tell us why you’re perfect for us!

Completed application forms must be submitted online by Monday 6th January 2020.

Important: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend initial assessment in late January 2020, and final Assessment centres will take place in February. Successful candidates may commence either our March or August programmes, depending on their graduation date and availability.

Please be advised that we do not accept paper application forms.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

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