Sainsburys is one of the most familiar names in British retail, with a presence of almost 800 stores in towns and cities across the country. The supermarket giant currently employs around 150,000 people, with this number leaping by over 30,000 new employees at periods of peak trading such as Christmas and New Year.
Sainsburys has ambitious growth plans and aims to challenge the dominance of its largest rival Tesco by a programme of rapid expansion. With expansion into new towns come jobs, making Sainsburys an attractive prospect for many job hunters.
The types of jobs available with Sainsburys can be split into the varying business functions, including:
- Store Level
- Store Management
- Store Support Centre
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Sainsburys in-store jobs
To run successfully each Sainsburys store needs an army of staff covering a variety of duties at a variety of levels. This means that regardless of your academic qualifications or previous work experience, if you are a polite, articulate and well mannered candidate there may be a suitable job available for you. Sainsburys prides itself on high levels of customer service, and all shop floor staff are classed as “customer facing”. You must therefore present yourself extremely well, particularly if you are in store to collect and application form or attending an interview.
Career development is widely available at Sainsburys and you will be offered on the job training, regardless of your position. You will also find that many of the in-store managers started their careers with the retailer at a much more junior level before working their way up through the ranks. Managers are also offered regular training schemes on a variety of matters from finance to HR and more.
The rewards for staff working on the shop floor include a competitive level of pay and a “Colleague Discount Card” which qualifies you for cheaper shopping plus a yearly bonus scheme, career breaks and a generous share purchase plan.
Sainsburys Manager Jobs
To ensure each store runs effectively and profitably Sainsburys needs a team of competent, dedicated managers and assistant managers. If you have gained managerial experience elsewhere in the retail sector then you may be considered for a managerial position at Sainsburys. In addition to previous experience, you may need to provide evidence of your academic qualifications and for a number of roles a university degree is necessary.
Typically, candidates applying for a Sainsburys Store Management vacancy should have previous managerial experience, preferably in the retail sector. What is also important though is a nice personality and strong commercial awareness.
To apply for a job at your local store there are two routes to follow. Your first step is the Sainsburys website. Visit the careers section to see if any vacancies exist within your local store. You should then pay frequent visits to the store itself because you will often find store level jobs advertised on the store’s public notice board.