Iceland is now recognised as one of the most innovative food retailers in the UK, leading the way in product development and pioneering initiatives. We’ve won multiple awards for our products, service and the way we treat our people. Now, we’re ready to set your career on a fast track to the top with one of our bespoke Graduate programmes.
We think Britain deserves to know and that consumers deserve the choice. And it’s revolutionising our reputation in the market.
Unlike on schemes elsewhere, Iceland Graduate Buyers don’t start by shadowing someone. Join us and you’ll be front-and-centre in the department, managing your own small category from the offset.
You’ll be selecting ranges for our supermarkets, negotiating deals with suppliers and forecasting sales figures for the products that you choose, on a nationwide scale.
Of course, you’ll present your ideas to senior leaders, first, to get their buy-in. But the confidence you build in them, via your developing market knowledge, data analysis skills and commercial prowess, will propel you toward a brilliant career.
Big decisions aren’t just made by seasoned professionals. Here at Iceland, we put our faith in brilliant ideas from an early stage. And our General Management programme is all about developing your ability to analyse and influence strategy. Developing and implementing your own initiatives using your personal budget.
This is the inner sanctum of our business. You’ll work closely with a member of our Exec Board, learning what leadership looks like from the inside, right down to our stores.
You’ll be set exciting projects to work on, which will expose you to different departments across the business. Each one of them will offer you a different opportunity to make insightful, impactful decisions. Setting you on the pathway to a successful career in retail, project or operational management.
Our stores are the heart of our business – this is where our reputation is forged and maintained. So it's all about making our customers our number one priority. You'll immerse yourself in this exciting, fast-moving store culture and get to the beating heart of how we do business. It's the perfect platform from which to introduce new ideas as you'll see just what our customers love about what we do – as well as how we might be able to deliver even better service.
We’re already one of the biggest names in UK food retail. But that doesn’t stop us from shooting for ever-greater goals.
That’s what makes this the perfect environment for someone as ambitious as you are. You want a company that will let you really make an impact from an early stage, but still support you. And that’s exactly who we are.
Our unparalleled training and development is designed to bring out the very best in you. At Iceland, we acknowledge that we can’t create talent, but we can certainly help to shape and nurture it.
That’s why we hear so many of our Graduates saying things like, ‘It’s what you make of it – if you want it, the chance is there to go out and get it.’ Actual quote. Isn’t that exactly the kind of atmosphere you’re looking for?
The culture here is one of our greatest assets. It’s that perfect balance of high professionalism and fun.
That’s because our Graduates are genuinely spurred on by the achievement they know lies ahead. In other words, it feels good to know you’re getting ahead fast and destined for a positive future.
But don't just take our word for it. See what some of our brilliant Graduates have already said about their Iceland experiences:
"The culture within the business coupled with the amount of responsibility given to you as a Graduate is fantastic. From day one, I've been shown the Iceland way, which is very much get-stuck-in-and-have-a-go."
Aaron Cooper, Graduate Buyer
"The thing I'm enjoying the most so far is the interaction and communication with people – it ensures no two days are the same. On a daily basis, I'll also speak to one of the Managing Directors… I find this kind of exposure, this early on, invaluable in my development."
Tom Sabell, Graduate Buyer
"I'm loving Iceland. And I'm enjoying running a project that's completely my own. I have been given a real budget. However, with this, there are expectations to see results."
James Hickmott, General Management Graduate
"Overall, I've been amazed at the responsibility I've been given since starting with Iceland and I can do things now that I never would have thought possible after my first week here."
Jessica Homer, Industrial Placement - Buying
"I'm looking forward to experiencing another Christmas in retail from a Head Office and the huge amount of logistics going into this will be, whilst exhausting, hugely rewarding from an experience perspective."
Tom Bailey, Industrial Placement - Supply Chain
"The responsibility you get is incredible when you think about it. You help order millions of pounds worth of stock daily from various suppliers. I'm currently working closely with the top two bread suppliers in the UK!"
Andrew Lock, Industrial Placement - Supply Chain
"I've been given responsibility from day one, which I thrive off. I am really enjoying seeing the company from different perspectives when I work with different managers and am developing my skills to work toward Area Manager level."
Max Imfeld, Retail Graduate
Put simply, your journey will begin with an online application. From here we'll shortlist based on the following criteria:
(In order to get the most out of the schemes, Graduates will ideally have a full UK driving licence. Normal eligibility rules also apply).
The next stage of the process is for you to complete a series of online psychometric tests. Should you pass these tests, we will arrange a telephone interview with a member of our HR team.
If we like what we hear, you’ll then be invited to attend a two-day assessment centre in our Head Office, where we’ll assess your ability to rise above the rest.
The final stage of our application process is to meet with one of our Directors and take part in some final testing that will assess your fit for the company and the role.
Alright! Are you ready to start your Iceland journey?