Tesco Careers: Job Application Guide

Tesco is one of the UK’s leading employers, currently providing jobs to over 265,000 people throughout the country. Rapid expansion plans are underway which will see this number increase annually. Whether you are fresh from school or college or looking to change career direction, Tesco could be the ideal employer for you thanks to the huge diversity of positions available.

Why is Tesco right for me?

Tesco operates over 2000 stores throughout the UK, so the chances are there is a store near you. Each store operates like a small community, where diverse arrays of jobs are required to ensure it operates smoothly and profitably. Low skilled workers are just as important as senior managers and each role is treated with a high level of respect and recognition. Tesco has been and is continuing to expand rapidly, not only in the UK but throughout the world meaning that job vacancies are always becoming available and recruitment is a year round activity.

After recognising changes in consumer demand and shopping patterns Tesco is not simply a 9-5 grocer. Many stores are open around the clock (providing great opportunities for night work and shift work) and they offer anything, from electrical to clothing and more. Home shopping is also increasingly popular and this has seen an increase in Tesco drivers and warehouse operatives.
It would be unwise to think that Tesco can only offer low paid “shelf stacking” type roles. Tesco pay very competitive rates of pay and offer all their staff real chances of career progression and good training schemes. This is perhaps why Tesco graduate roles are amongst the most coveted with new university graduates, who recognise that they can build a really solid, successful career with a company like Tesco.

Tesco Store Level Job Opportunities

There are a vast range of store level job opportunities available in Tesco stores throughout the UK. The most popular roles include Customer Service Assistants, Check-Out Operatives, Stock Replenishment, Warehousing and Catering. Additionally, job opportunities also exist for skilled individuals in sectors such as baking, butchery and fishmongers. The majority of these roles are customer facing, meaning that Tesco will seek to recruit articulate, well mannered, well presented people for these particular jobs.

If your local store operates on a 24 hour basis then in addition to the traditional 9-5 jobs you may find that the store is looking to recruit people to work early or late shifts. Do not discount these vacancies; many people find they can better fit in work and their family life by not working 9-5. Many of the job vacancies will be advertised on a full time basis, but like all other supermarkets, Tesco does offer part time work to suitable applicants. Seasonal jobs are also popular, especially in the run up to the peak trading months around Christmas and the New Year.

Tesco Management Opportunities

Every store requires a strong management team to ensure it runs correctly. Tesco employs Section Managers who are responsible for a specific product category.  Pharmacy Managers who can run the in-store pharmacy are also required. Then there are Personnel, Night-Shift and Logistics Managers, all performing a range of important duties. To oversee the operation Tesco will employ one or two General store Managers, depending upon the size of the store.

Tesco Head Office Jobs

A leading retailer like Tesco needs a head office which operates as a central function to provide support in all aspects of the business. Head office jobs are available in functions such as:

  • Finance
  • Purchasing and Merchandising
  • Supply Chain
  • I.T
  • Personnel
  • Marketing and PR
  • Property Management

You will find many of these positions in either the Cheshunt office, located just a short distance from central London or the office at Welwyn Garden City.

Tesco Graduates

Tesco is a leading graduate employer. To recognise the diversity requires Tesco offers fifteen different graduate schemes in all management disciplines. These programmes are centred on three key areas; store level, head office and distribution. They are designed to courage the best candidates to excel in one or even more than one field, as they gain an insight into how the company operates as a whole.

How do I apply for a Job at Tesco Head Office?

The internet is the best place to start this search. Use the Tesco website wisely and you will uncover details of all the current head office vacancies currently open for application. Tesco will only accept online application forms; do not ignore this rule!

For more localised opportunities you should visit your closes neighbourhood store. Tesco will often advertise store level vacancies on the in-store notice board. Keep your eyes on this board and do not be afraid to ask to speak to a manager about potential new opportunities. It is worth noting that only people with a valid, full UK work permit are eligible to apply for a position with Tesco.

A job with Tesco is likely to be a challenging but also rewarding one. All staff members are rewarded with competitive rates of pay, a generous in store discount scheme, good holiday entitlement and other benefits including health care.

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