Commercial Graduate Scheme
As a Commercial Graduate you will use your creativity and ingenuity to ensure customers keep coming back for more. Commercial is a fast-paced and creative environment which is at the heart of the customer journey, responsible for a wide range of areas from designing marketing campaigns to delivering the best ranges and services at the right prices.
Over the 2 years, you’ll have the opportunity to work across different areas within our Buying and Marketing teams and Pharmacy Services. Setting you up for the next step in your career as a Buyer, Marketeer or Commercial Manager for our Pharmacy services.
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There are many graduates’ schemes out there, but only one Boots scheme. With a unique blend of care and stretch, you’ll find us full to the brim with passion for our patients, customers and colleagues alike, whatever you choose to do. Nathan Clements, HR Director, Boots UK & Ireland
Our Core Development Programme
We all have people in our lives that inspire, motivate and coach us. Great leaders – who ooze confidence and passion. They encourage us to innovate, every single day.
Our Core Graduate Development Programme gives you the chance to work with people that inspire, encourage, and support you. You’ll be given structured learning and the personal development skills to take that first step into your future career. Growing your talent and knowledge as you make a real difference to the lives of our customers, patients and colleagues.
Everyone on our programme will get the opportunity to complete a store placement and have the chance to work on some real-life projects. Projects that will challenge you, stretch you and drive our business forward.
Continuous improvement is part of our DNA. That’s why we check in regularly to see how you’re getting on, what’s working well and what could be even better. It’s our 360° approach to learning.
At Boots, we’re committed to supporting our people reach their full potential. Together, we provide them with the right support and development, to allow them to be the best they can be. We’re looking for talented, passionate people that want to make a real difference. You must be an innovative and proactive go-getter that will help the business grow. In return, we’ll give you all the skills and knowledge you need to begin a successful career at Boots.
Meet Our Team
Recruitment Team – Early Careers
At Boots, our people are fundamental to our success. They’re the ones that give inspiring and genuine care to our customers and patients. I feel my career at Boots has come full circle, from starting out as a Graduate Recruitment Co-ordinator, to leading the Early Careers team. That’s Boots for you. Providing amazing opportunities and experience to help you succeed.
The team and I are committed to giving you the best recruitment process experience, making sure you understand what to expect and are fully informed at every stage.
Recruitment Team – Early Careers
I’ve been with Boots for 5 years and started my career on the Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme. I’ve done many roles in the business so far, but I’m now in my dream role of an Assistant Recruitment Manager for the Graduate & Undergraduate Programmes supporting those students or Graduates to kick start their careers.
My role brings the career opportunities at Boots to life, helping everyone to understand the roles, departments and the company. I am with you on every step of the recruitment journey, ensuring you’ve got all the information you need for a quick and seamless application process.
Learning & Development – Graduates
I started my career as an apprentice. Giving me a great foundation, I learnt all the essential knowledge and skills required to progress. I’m now responsible for our Apprenticeships, Graduate and Undergraduate programmes, committed to delivering training that builds the right skills for our colleagues and organisation. We’re very passionate about helping colleagues reach their full potential through a variety of opportunities. Graduate and Undergraduate programmes are one of the many routes offered to our colleagues, helping them to develop.
Learning & Development – Graduates
My career of working with Graduates spans across many years in both Recruitment and Learning & Development. Seeing graduates I once recruited go on to flourish is more rewarding than I could ever imagine. I am your coach, guide and mentor, constantly challenging you to stretch yourself further than you ever thought possible. Seeing your confidence levels grow over this time is amazing, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Learning & Development – Graduates
For years, Boots has been a big part of my life. I love the brand and the values it stands for; making our colleagues and customers feel good. My varied roles at Boots have allowed me to show off my creative and innovative skills. I have flexed my knowledge, from working in the Communication & Engagement team to more recently, joining the Graduate Learning & Development team.
Our Core Development Programme is tailor-made to provide you with the very best learning experiences. Our ethos is to provide a culture of high challenges, pushing your learning boundaries and all underpinned with high support to enable you to show up at your very best. Every day is a new adventure, filled with new things to learn and knowledge to share. I love the role I play in this.
Our Graduate Schemes
Technology is the corner stone of our business, underpinning the very fabric of our operation. It touches every Boots colleague, customer and patient, so we need the very best people to build and maintain our fast-moving technology.
Take the first step into a career in IT and we’ll set you on the path to becoming a Project Manager, Business Analyst or Software Developer. This programme will give you a broad view of the IT function and access to leaders around the business.
As a Software Engineering Graduate, you’ll be given a broad experience and the opportunity to develop your technical skills across a range of technologies.
Here are some of the different areas you could get exposure to.
Our Finance team is a key driver of our business. They ensure we have all the information we need to make strategic decisions to drive fantastic future business performance. They're fundamental to our business, providing insights and strategic financial advice that support our key decision-makers.
As well as learning on the job, we’ll support you in becoming qualified in either an ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualification, setting you up for the next step of your career as a Finance Manager.
Here are some of the different areas you could get exposure to, where you’ll see it’s more than just numbers.
Supply Chain is at the heart of the Boots organisation. Our function is the driving force ensuring that all the products our customers need, are on the shelves whenever they walk into one of our 2,500 stores. It’s much more than moving products from A to B, with our huge and diverse product ranges.
On this programme, you’ll get a broad view of Supply Chain and access to leaders around the business. Setting you up for the next step of your career as a Supply Chain Manager.
As a Supply Chain Graduate you’ll have the opportunity to rotate around different areas of the function giving you real insight and experience into how we get the right products, in the right place, at the right time.
Here are some of the areas you could have exposure to:
Our Commercial function is a fast-paced and creative environment which is at the heart of the customer journey, responsible for a wide range of areas from designing marketing campaigns to delivering the best ranges and services at the right price.
Global Brands is a cross divisional organisation that sits within Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). With a portfolio of innovative products and great brands that includes: Soltan, No7, Soap and Glory and more, our programme will set you up for success on the world stage.
*With potential placement in London for our Brand Commercial, Brand Management and Visual Merchandising
Our Digital teams ensure we continue to offer our customers and patients the best experience across all our shopping channels. Using the latest technology to develop, run and continually improve our digital platforms.
*A Digital or Technology related degree is preferable
You will gain a rounded view of our Digital team and the opportunity to develop your skills is enormous with your involvement in helping to create our future strategy, to ensure we stay ahead of the game, and even designing, implementing and running Boots.com
As a Digital Graduate, here are some of the different areas you could get exposure to:
*You’ll require a HR or business management related degree
On this programme, you’ll get a rounded view of HR, access to leaders throughout the business and have the opportunity to complete a HR apprenticeship (depending on your prior attainment and degree subject). Setting you up for the next step of your career as a HR Business Partner.
As a HR Graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a breadth of experience and real insight.
You’ll start your journey within one of our UK stores and then work alongside a Regional HR Business Partner. This will help you to understand the heart of our business and the part you play in making our customers and colleagues feel good.
Here are some of the different areas you could get exposure to in HR.
Our Application Process
Click here to view our graduate roles. You’ll be asked to provide some details such as your name, contact details and latest CV. You’ll then be asked a number of qualifying questions.
You’ll be sent a link via email where you’ll be invited to complete three online assessments: Numerical reasoning Graduate Scenarios Personality test
If your application’s successful, we’ll invite you to attend an all-day assessment centre at our Support Office in Nottingham. This is designed to build your skills and give you an idea about life at Boots. The day will consist of a number of activities, including an interview, group work, a presentation and more.
After the assessment centre, we’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome. If you’ve been successful, you’ll receive an offer of employment and be asked to supply information for our on-boarding process. Before your first day, you’ll be invited to attend a ‘Keeping in touch day’ at our Support Office in Nottingham. This is a great way to meet your fellow graduates and future colleagues. If you are unsuccessful, don’t give up, we offer feedback to help you with future assessment centres.Apply