What it does: One of the ‘Big Two’ supermarket chains, accounting for about a third of the Australian grocery market
Staff stats: Over 100,000 staff spread across 2,200 store, site, warehouse and office locations
The good bits: Great starting salary, potential for fast progression, variety of work
The not so good bits: You'll have to work hard with high expectations - and there are long hours depending on placement
Hiring grads with degrees in: Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare; Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies
Coles opened its first store in Collingwood, Melbourne in 1914, and over the course of the last century we have evolved into an iconic portfolio of leading retail brands providing Australians with everyday products including fresh food, groceries, household goods, liquor, fuel and financial services via our store network and online platforms.
In an ever-changing competitive landscape, we remain committed to our vision to become the most trusted retailer in Australia and grow long-term shareholder value. Becoming the most trusted retailer in Australia means we are reliable and responsible, and delivering on our purpose to ‘sustainably feed all Australians to help them lead healthier, happier lives’.
This is why we exist. We have an important role to play to sustainably feed all Australians. From food waste to a sustainable food chain, we want to be sure we're here for another century, creating jobs, supporting our suppliers and making a positive difference in our local communities and to the 21 million customers who shop with us each week.
At Coles, the day-to-day decisions and actions of our team members are guided by our four Values; Customer obsession, Passion and pace, Responsibility, and Health and Happiness.
Supported by our LEaD behaviours (Look ahead, Energise everyone and Deliver with pride) which we exhibit when we’re at our best, our Values shape the way we work together to get things done.
As a team we start with diversity, and we thrive with inclusion. We’re obsessed with building a workplace where everyone is included, feels connected and can belong – and where our team are healthy, happy and can be their authentic selves.
Diversity is engrained in our history and will ensure we continue to win in our second century through the diversity of our team members, our customers and in the communities we serve.
Feeding a nation and bringing value to the 21 million people who shop with us each and every week is a big responsibility. It’s fast-paced, challenging and it’s not for everybody.
Which is why it matters that team members at Coles look out for one another. Because when you’re included, trusted and supported by leaders that really care, you can do your best work for the team feeling like you belong.
From day one as a Coles graduate, you’ll feel the connection your work has to our purpose, to ‘sustainably feed all Australians to help them lead healthier, happier lives’, and be accountable for decisions that can make a meaningful difference to communities and our supply chains across Australia.
At Coles, a bright future awaits talent who are ready to look ahead, disrupt, and to learn and grow. Who care passionately about people, our country and its future. Who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones to take on the types of unique and career-defining challenges only a group with a footprint like ours can offer.
Read on to find out more about graduate careers at the heart of the nation.
Join our Store Support Centre (SSC) Program and fast track your career in our Store Support Centre (corporate office), which plays a crucial role in supporting our team members across the country. Based in Hawthorn East in Melbourne, it’s the engine room of Coles Group and a dynamic and rewarding place to work. You could be developing the code for our next mobile app used by millions, analysing the commercials for the development of a new format store or testing the latest range of Own Brand products before they hit the shelves. You’ll see first-hand how we operate and innovate to continually improve our customer experiences across all our categories and brands.
Join our Operations Graduate Program based in our stores and sites across the nation, and you will accelerate your career to become one of our next operational leaders. Take your pick from one of two streams;
Continuous learning and development opportunities - We understand it’s critical for you to grow and develop as you discover yourself and Coles to reach your potential in being future leaders and change makers in our business.
Creative and dynamic work environment - You will have the opportunity to work in teams in an environment where no two days are the same and can challenge the way we do things to make a real difference to the business and our customers.
Learn from great leaders - You will have an extensive support network to assist you in creating a challenging and successful career and be given constant feedback to hone your skills.
Support network – We know joining a new organisation is daunting, so we make sure you are supported from the beginning with a buddy to help you settle in, and an accelerator coach to help you kickstart your career. People who truly care.
Real responsibility – you will be working on real deliverables with clear ownership and accountability. You’ll also work in cross-functional groups to complete an Innovation Project, where the top teams have the opportunity to present to our Executive team on a real business challenge.
How to apply
It's simple to apply for the Coles Graduate Program! There are 5 stages to the recruitment process, and we will keep you informed at each stage of the process but here are the key dates for you can expect to hear from us.
If you have any questions during the process, please drop us a note at email@example.com and include in the subject line and the Function of the Graduate Program you are applying for.
Complete an Online Application
This helps us capture information about your background, experiences, and skills. We want to hear why you are the right fit for us! Make sure you check to see that you are eligible for the program before completing your application.
Completing an application form will take you approximately 30 minutes, and once our applications close, you can expect to hear an update on your application within 5 days.
Applications close week commencing Thursday 22nd April.
This stage of the recruitment process helps us understand more about who you are. Not just your skills but your preferred ways of working and how you approach certain situations. It also provides you with an opportunity to see what the types of situations are you could expect to experience when joining the Coles Graduate Program.
This online assessment should take between 45-60 minutes to complete and you can expect to hear an update in the next 2-4 days following the scheduled deadline.
Online assessments will occur week commencing Monday 26th April.
The video interview takes place online where you will record your responses to a range of questions for us to review. It allows us to get a better understanding of who you are and your communication style. We will be looking to understand why you have applied to Coles, and several competencies that we want to see in our future graduates!
The video interview will only take 15 minutes to complete, and you can expect to hear an update within the following fortnight as our team reviews each video interview.
Video interview will occur week commencing Monday 3rd May.
The Discovery Centre gives us the chance to meet you and an opportunity for you to interact directly with us! You will participate in a range of activities during the session, but most importantly, we want to ensure you walk away from your time with us with an impactful experience where you gain some valuable insights and understanding of yourself, and of Coles.
Our Discovery Centre will be a 3-hour session, and look to provide you with an update following your attendance in the following week.
Discovery Centres will occur week commencing Monday 7th June.
If you're successful through the Discovery Centre, we'll contact you shortly with a job offer!