Get to grips with the basics of running a store, leading and inspiring teams, managing promotions and new products, and delivering great customer experience. 

Status: Programme closed

Key Information

Salary – £26k pa (+ £2,400 supplement for London)

Eligibility – 2:1 Degree; Previous retail experience

Length – 2 Years

The first thing that springs to mind for most people when you say ‘Tesco’ is ‘store’. Hardly surprising since we have 3,300 of them across the UK. Some are massive, others small - like Tesco Express. But they have many things in common from product consistency, a passion to deliver great customer service and a great opportunity for a vast career. Think you can handle it?

Our stores are located nationwide, internally we split them into regions – North, South and Central. During your programme we will give you experience of working within different formats, from are largest Extra stores through to our convenience Express stores.

You get hands-on store experience across your 2 year programme - and constant guidance from people who are already managers. So in no time you should be getting to grips with the basics of running a store, such as leading and inspiring teams, managing promotions and new products, and being a role model for delivering great customer experience.

This is an exciting and fast paced programme, where no two days are ever the same. The programme is ideal for someone who is looking for more than an average 9-5pm job! Over the 2 years you will be expected to work weekends and a variety of shift patterns. In return you will get a challenging and highly rewarding experience. Can you imagine running your own Store after just 12 months?! 

Involved with the full 24-hour operation, you'll be managing a team overnight. Then, once you've got the hang of motivating others, achieving goals and delighting customers, we start preparing you for a Lead Manager role. This involves:

  • Training you in different stores to gain broader experience
  • Constant support and development sessions run by experienced managers
  • Store Managers and People Managers on hand to stretch and guide you by the day
  • Graduate development days that let you learn, network and share experiences with your peers.
  • We have more than 6,780 stores globally
  • Our stores are in 13 countries around the world
  • More than 310,000 of us work in-store – and that’s just in the UK.

    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:

Previous retail experience

At least a 2:1 in any subject

A strong leader of people who inspires everyone to achieve together

An ability to think quickly and provide a seamless, personalised experience

The drive to put people and our customers at the heart of what you do

Agility in the way you think, to make decisions and handle change

Strong values and do the right thing, even when it's tough

A positive attitude, and a way of inspiring confidence in others

Good connections to the latest thinking, inside and outside of the business

The hunger to drive your own career and become one of our leaders.