Commercial Strategy & Operations

Provides the strategy, insight, training, processes and systems to allow our buying teams to deliver the right product at the right price for our customers today, and in the future.

Status: Programme closed
Commercial Strategy & Operations

Key Information

Salary Range - £27k pa

Eligibility – 320 UCAS Points (or equivalent); 2:1 Degree

Length – 2 Years

If you want to be part of an exciting function in Tesco, Commercial Strategy and Operations could be the place for you. The function provides the strategy, insight, training, processes and systems to allow our buying teams to deliver the right product, at the right price, for our customers today and in the future.

You will be driving transformation in a fast paced and energetic environment, working with key stakeholders across all the teams in Tesco.

You could be working on anything from: setting our pricing strategy; deciding how we display products on the shelf; building colleague capability; improving our supplier relationships; managing large scale change projects; or, shaping our promotional planning.

In Commercial Strategy and Operations we value our people, and believe that your development is critical for both the function and individuals to reach their full potential.

There are four key areas within the function:

Systems and Operations Development: 
The team includes people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds, but they all share an appetite for driving changes that can streamline our business and make things better for our customers. You will need to be able to manage the complexity of delivering business improvements whilst simultaneously developing strategic solutions for the future. We look for people who have an eye for detail, as well as the ability to think about the bigger picture. We need people that can solve complex problems and who can manage priorities, issues and decisions, whilst engaging with stakeholders. An ability to effectively communicate is essential.

  • Working to simplify the way Commercial Buying teams work today and transform how we will work in the future using new technologies 
  • Improve business processes and operations to allow our Buyers to focus on delivering the best products for our customers 
  • Work closely with our Suppliers to ensure our processes and system simplify their relationships with Tesco 

Strategy and Development:
This is a dynamic team with a broad skill set and coming from a variety of backgrounds, with a shared goal to support the Product team to deliver better ranges and promotions for our customers. You could be working on improving our relationship with Suppliers, developing the operational routines to make our buying processes simpler, or building the capability of our Product Function. In addition, the team ensures that we are legally compliant.

We look for strong strategic thinking, project management or training skills and the ability to work collaboratively across functions. You need to be able to think creatively, enjoy a fast paced environment, thrive on engaging stakeholders at all levels and continually look for ways to improve.

Space, Range and Display:
In Space, Range and Display (SRD) you will be involved in managing a process from start to finish in a diverse set of roles that will give you exposure to a variety of other functions across the business. SRD is a diverse department where different teams work together to deliver the right space, range and that it is merchandised in the best way, for our stores.

The Display team is at the heart of the function, building product displays that inspire our customers and are easy for stores to implement. The focus is on bringing display briefs to life in store and supporting product innovation with the buying teams.

The Space and Insights team drive the space strategy for the business, analysing how we can best tailor the space and range to get the right offers and services for every community that our stores serve.

Multi-Channel Trading & Events:
The team come from a variety of backgrounds bringing their commercial and operational insight together to deliver exciting footfall driving Events (Halloween, £ Shop, Euros) across all of our channels, always ensuring that customers are at the heart of what we deliver. They use a broad range of customer data and commercial analytics to optimise how we use our promotional space, and work closely with Buying and Marketing to deliver product ranges that are right for our customers whatever the store size or channel. You need to be able to think creatively, work with teams across all of Tesco, love being in a fast paced  environment, happy engaging stakeholders at all levels and always looking to make things simpler.

The programme will be based in Hertfordshire. 

Depending on which team you work in, you could be:

In Systems and Operations Development – Managing projects that range from standardising our administration process, to simplifying complex cross-functional processes and systems.

In Strategy and Development - Shaping the pricing and promotions policy or building training and capability plans for our colleagues and suppliers.

In Space, rage & Display - Ensuring stores have the right space and range to maximize sales and profit or provide insight and analysis to ensure our customers can purchase the products they are looking for in each store format.

In Multi-Channel Trading & Events - you could be working on a major seasonal event such as Christmas or Mother’s Day or on the ever changing, fast-paced weekly trade plan; delivering categories’ bespoke promotions to offer the best possible customer experience.



  • Our Space and Display team touched 52,000 products across 10,500 planograms last year
  • We have a very active Community group who raise £1,000s for charities each year!

    Please be aware, that as a candidate you can only apply for one Tesco Graduate scheme.

What you need to succeed

Read through the criteria to see if this programme is the right one for you.

Do you have:

A 2:1 in any subject (with a preference for mathematics, science or engineering degrees)

An analytical approach

A practical problem solver

Ability to present complex information clearly and simply

Is able to engage and influence different types of people

Builds strong relationships with customers and suppliers

Organised, tenacious, and driven to succeed

A considerate team player

A Degree or relevant Retail/Supply Chain work experience

Customer focussed