Early Careers

Power up your career with one of our graduate programs

About our graduate programmes

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 our Graduate and Industrial Placement opportunities.

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.

Why work for us?

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?

What it's like here

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:

What our brilliant Graduates have to say

Recruitment Process

Put simply, your journey will begin with an online application. From here we'll shortlist based on the following criteria:

  • You'll either have, or be on track for, a 1st class or 2:1 Honours degree
  • You’ll have minimum of 250 UCAS points
  • Ideally, you’ll have also completed an Industrial Placement or relevant work experience under your belt

(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?

About our apprenticeship programmes

Think of Iceland and you think of frozen food. And rightly so – it's been the driving force behind our brand for over 45 years. But now you'll need to put aside your preconceptions - did you know that we are also the most innovative food retailer in the UK, and winner of multiple awards for our products, service and the way we treat our people? Now we’re ready to help you start your retail management career with our brand new apprenticeship programmes!

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that help give you the skills you need to succeed in Iceland and retail. They are a viable route to develop key skills that will help people progress in their careers whilst still being able to earn a wage. We are working alongside Lifetime Training to deliver bespoke retail apprenticeship programmes to our colleagues. Key topics include:

Customer, Financial, Leadership, Marketing, Communication, Sales & Promotion, Product & Service, Merchandising, Stock, Technology, Developing Self & Others, Team Performance, Legal & Governance, Diversity.

What apprenticeship opportunities do we have?

Apprentice Supervisor

Going straight in as part of the store management team, you’ll have responsibility from an early stage and support the Store Manager in a wide range of tasks from delivering seasonal changeovers to developing talent. Over a 12 month programme you’ll learn how to deliver an exceptional shopping experience for our customers and everything you need to know to be a successful Iceland Supervisor. It’ll be hard work but with a salary of £17,000 per year (£18,700 per year for London), you’ll be well rewarded for doing so. Ideally educated to A-Level standard; retail experience is essential.

Apprentice Store Manager

With management responsibility from the start you’ll most likely be based out of a Centre of Excellence store and certainly have the full support of the business to ensure you’re set up to succeed. Over a 12 month programme you’ll learn how to lead a highly motivated team to deliver an exceptional shopping experience for our customers and everything you need to know to be a successful Iceland Store Manager. It’ll be hard work but with a salary of £24,000 per year (£26,400 per year for London), you’ll be well rewarded for doing so. Ideally educated to A-Level standard; retail management or supervisory experience is essential.

About our Industrial Placement programmes

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Iceland Foods Ltd. Not only have we been in the top 25 Best Big Companies to Work for 13 years - we’re also:

  • 2018 Frozen Food Retailer of the Year!
  • Online Supermarket of the Year!
  • Leaders in Plastic Free 2023!
  • Eliminating Palm Oil from our own label products by the end of 2018!

We’re innovators, market leaders and thought leaders in the food retail sector, and we’re looking for more people like us – people who refuse to stand still and want to shape their own environment.

Among our many exciting opportunities are those in our Industrial Placement Programmes, where we’re introducing a brand-new style of placement for current 2nd year students who qualify for a year in industry.

We’re searching for the best students to join us for a year-long commercial placement, where you’ll help spearhead a whole new generation of Iceland ideas, products, services and people. Successful placement students will split their year in half and will be based in two of the following departments: Buying, Supply Chain, Creative, Marketing or Merchandising.

This is your chance to put what you’ve learned at university to good use. We’ll give you responsibility from day one, while giving you the right mentoring and support to help you develop at your own pace and make the right decisions that will shape the future of our business.

What Industrial Placement opportunities do we have?

This year we have opportunities available in a number of departments including; Buying, Technical, Supply Chain, Creative, Marketing or Merchandising.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for the very best candidates out there – plain and simple. You’ll need between 250-300 UCAS points and you should be on track for a 1st class or 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant degree discipline. Your industrial placement must be recognised or supported by your university.

Join us and you’ll be part of the unique Iceland family culture. It’s friendly, informal and dynamic – a place where professionalism and having fun go hand-in-hand. That’s why we’ve twice been voted the UK’s Best Big Company to work for.

How can you apply?

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