John Lewis Partnership is on the hunt for sales assistants, specialist advisers and catering staff to work at its new Swindon shop which opens this autumn on Mannington Retail Park.
Pictured: the opening of the first at home store in Poole last Autumn
The company is recruiting 180 full-time, part-time and temporary Partners (staff) to work at the new ‘at home’ shop which will focus on furniture, homeware, furnishing accessories, electricals and home technology and also have an in-store cafe.
John Lewis at home Swindon is offering a range of roles including entry-level positions for those looking to begin a career in retail. Industry experience is not essential and the retailer is committed to fostering talent and training its staff to the highest level. The John Lewis training scheme provides opportunities for career progression from selling Partners to management positions.
Brigitte Frater, John Lewis recruitment manager, says: “The past year has been very competitive for those trying to find work, particularly young people. We are thrilled to be in a position to offer 180 new roles in Swindon and we’re looking to recruit fresh local talent.
“We are seeking hard-working individuals with a positive attitude who can bring their skills to the business. Ideally, applicants will be keen and accustomed to working in teams, but also able to take the lead and act independently. The most important quality we look for is the ability to offer exceptional standards of customer service.
About the John Lewis Partnership
The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 29 John Lewis shops across the UK (28 department stores and one John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com, 229 Waitrose supermarkets and Greenbee.com, a direct services company. The business has an annual turnover of over £7.4bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 70,000 staff are Partners in the business.
John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Britain’s favourite retailer 2009’* and ‘Multiple Department Store of the Year 2009’ ** typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 100,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com)
* Verdict consumer satisfaction index, January 2010 ** The Drapers Awards for fashion retail, October 2009
Waitrose – Waitrose has shops in England, Scotland and Wales and is currently the fastest growing supermarket in the UK (source TNS). Its strong performance has been driven by the introduction of the new essential Waitrose range, the successful conversion of Somerfield-acquired stores and free delivery driving rapid online growth. Regularly voted ‘Britain’s favourite supermarket’*, Waitrose combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced combined with high standards of customer service. (www.waitrose.com)
*Currently Which? Magazine, Telegraph Magazine Shop Awards, BBC Watchdog, Good Housekeeping Magazine.
Greenbee.com – Greenbee.com offers a range of financial, travel and leisure services selected by the John Lewis Partnership. These include home, travel, pet, wedding and event and car insurance products, life cover and a phone and broadband package, along with travel offers and the latest theatre, event, music and sport tickets. Customers can visit http://www.greenbee.com for further information.