This is an exciting time to be in the world of grocery retail — an industry worth nearly £200billion a year with Convenience retail commanding a whopping £40billion of this.
Historically large format Supermarkets were the only option for shoppers, but we have moved away from this way of shopping in favour of local, smaller, convenient and community based stores. Our network of over 1000 independent convenience retailers is continually striving to meet the needs of these shoppers.
As the face of grocery retail continues to change we are nimble and dynamic enough to change with it and, with a predicted 17% growth by 2023, Convenience retailing is where it is at!
Costcutter Supermarkets Group is here to help independent retailers thrive.
We’d love to hear from you if....
Tech is your thing!
Our scheme is designed for you if you are passionate about technology with a strong desire to learn and continually enhance your skillset.
Is your future ambition to lead a team where communication, problem-solving and strong leadership skills are essential to deliver results for the business? Or do you see yourself as a technical specialist who will work closely with diverse groups — both in your day to day role and whilst collaborating on innovative and exciting projects to help achieve our collective goals? If so, then the Future Tech Leader Graduate Programme is for you!
You will have regular interactions and work alongside a wide range of leaders, as well as different departments across the business.
Communication and innovation are some of the key skills we look for in our Tech Leaders of the future. The experience you’ll gain through the programme will ensure you have considerable interaction with your colleagues and build in-depth, specialist knowledge meaning we will come to rely on your sound assessment of sometimes fairly complex operational or specialist matters.
Our Future Tech Leaders Programme is designed to ensure that you develop the technical skills needed to succeed. In addition, we offer focussed support and development, equipping you with the ability to make independent judgements in day to day matters — as well as those that involve more complexity.
Your rotations are built to ensure you gain a breadth of experience so that you understand the core of our business and can start to shape your future choices as a Tech leader with us.
You’ll also have the opportunity to tell us where in the Tech team you’d like to work permanently following your 2-year programme, so we can really help accelerate your chosen career path!
As a retail business, it’s important you understand what our retailers see and feel on a daily basis so that you can innovate on how we are best placed to support them. That’s why your first few weeks’ will be spent immersed in one of our company-owned stores, getting to grips with the day to day operation before you move to our Support Centre where you’ll spend your two years (and beyond) with us!
You’ll spend 24 months working in both project and role-based environments so you can really flex your skillset. These will span our four core functions:
Agile Software Development — you will undertake full-stack development, both on the desktop using .net and in the cloud with Java. Learn about microservice architecture and databases, and build modern browser-based interfaces using React.js. You will also learn about Agile software development methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban, by working in a cross-functional team with business analysts and QA engineers.
AI/Machine Learning — using Python and ML frameworks to drive predictive insight and efficiencies through automation. This work-stream will give lots of opportunities for innovative thinking about how these transformative technologies can be applied to the world of retail.
Business Intelligence — turning data into actionable insight with data warehousing using Amazon Redshift and reporting with Cognos Analytics, you will also have opportunities to work closely with key stakeholders in the organisation to ensure their information is tailored to their individual needs.
DevOps — follow us on our journey towards continuous deployment by learning about how to ensure confidence when automating production deployments. You will learn about test automation and robust deployment solutions using containers.
In addition to your rotations, you’ll have to time to shape the state-of-the-art in-store retail systems and lead commercial and cross-functional projects. This is where your innovation and commerciality can really come to life!
And your opinion really matters – that’s why at the end of each we’ll make some time for you to feedback to us and our leadership team on your thoughts, findings, insights and recommendations from your time in each area.
You will have a tailored development plan, built just for you - starting on day 1 and running through your first 2 years with us and beyond!
As part of your extensive support network you’ll have access to a Buddy, a Mentor and our People Development Team, who will be there to support you.
Within this development programme you will have frequent group and one to one support, access to nationally recognised training such as ILM, Microsoft, Oracle certifications as well as our award nominated future leadership programme Horizon.
Following this you have the opportunity to continue your study through postgraduate courses such as Masters or MBA Tech within your chosen area of specialism or move to a Digital and Technology focussed professional qualification and certification.
Our Future Tech Leaders Programme will be based in our Support Centre in York with some time spent initially within our retail network.
As well as inclusive culture and agile working philosophy you can expect: