Our 12 month rotational graduate programme gives you an unbeatable grounding in the WHSmith business.

There’s plenty to familiarise yourself with, our stores sell everything from books and stationery to food and magazines. We’re on nearly every UK high street and at train stations, airports and other travel locations across the UK and worldwide.

So let’s talk about your graduate options. If you have aspirations to move into a certain profession or area of expertise, we’ll help you achieve them. You might be interested in a Group-wide project management role or a specific team such as Buying or Finance. You may want to work at our Swindon or London Head Offices. Wherever you join and in whichever function, where you go from there is up to you and your progress is down to your drive and interests.

All your rotations will be relevant to the business area you join, so you can be sure you’ll gain hands-on experience. From day one you’ll take accountability for ‘real work’, including a high-profile and cross-functional project, so an entrepreneurial flair will help you to excel. First-class on-the-job training will be provided, plus support via mentors, workshops and one-on-one coaching. To make sure you’re on track for success, you’ll receive feedback at every stage of your development.

In this business, results and performance are key, so to thrive you need to be a certain kind of person: self-motivated and highly commercial with strong numerical and analytical skills. You also need a 2:1 degree (minimum) in your subject – Retail or Business related subjects would be an advantage.

We’re currently recruiting for our September 2018 intake. Apply now!

Want to know more?

There’s lots of reasons to join our team. If you’d like to get a better understanding of some of the benefits available to you or to learn more about our excellent training, please click on the quick links below. You can also take a shortcut to an overview of our application process.

Our benefits


Our benefits include everything you’d expect and a few perks that might surprise you!

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Learning & Development

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There are no limits to where your talent and drive can take you with our training programmes.

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Application process


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