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Coles

4.5
  • 50,000 - 100,000 employees
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Retail, Sales & Consumer Goods
  • Technology

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

Discover Coles

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.

Discover Coles Graduate Program

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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 through a combination of on the job learning, exposure to senior leaders, mentoring and an active support network you will accelerate your career to become one of our next operational leaders.

Graduates who can inspire customers and are passionate about sustainably feeding all Australians will have the opportunity to deliver commercial outcomes, lead teams to win together, and see the impact of your work on local communities and supply chain. Choose from four key business areas;

  • In our Supermarkets stream, you will be working in store and experience different departments as you build the knowledge and capabilities essential to managing a multi-million-dollar Coles store.
  • In our Distribution Centres (DCs) stream, you will be at the heart of our supply chain. You will learn key processes and procedures that enable our DC teams to ensure that millions of customers get the products they want and need every day.
  • In our Coles Liquor and Coles Express streams, experience working in multiple locations, and be challenged with real responsibility, as you build the capabilities needed to successfully manage a portfolio of sites or stores.

Watch Coles Operations Program - Grad Experience

What makes the Coles Graduate Program Unique?

  • Continuous learning and development opportunities before you even start Day One. 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, to make a real difference to the business and our customers.
  • Learn from great leaders - During the program, you will have the chance to connect with senior leaders from across the business, providing you the opportunity to build your personal brand and learn about their own career journey.
  • 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 lead and deliver an Innovation Project (SSC graduate program) or a Social Impact Initiative (Operations graduate program), culminating in a presentation to a senior leadership team. The top team also has the opportunity to present to our Executive team and Board.

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How to apply

It's simple to apply for the Coles Graduate Program! There are 4 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 emergingtalent@coles.com.au and include in the subject line and the Function of the Graduate Program you are applying for.

Complete an Online Application

Applications for our 2022 Operations Graduate Program are now OPEN. If you’re interested in applying, please complete our online application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button on the job posting: 2022 Operational Graduate Program

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 Sunday 3rd October.

Psychometric Testing

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 4th October.

Video Interview

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 Thursday 14th October.

Discovery Centre

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 Wednesday 3rd November.

Offer

If you're successful through the Discovery Centre, we'll contact you shortly with a job offer!

Before submitting your application, please make sure you check that you meet our eligibility requirements:

  • You’ll be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of application​.
  • For our Operations Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a relevant qualification prior to commencing the program.
  • For our Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a Bachelor’s Degree before commencing the program.

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.5
Overall score based on 33 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.9
Corporate Social Responsibility
9
Office Work Environment
8.9
Salary
8.9
Corporate Social Responsibility
9
Office Work Environment
8.9
Salary
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Many learning opportunities available, always challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone, the great support network.
  • Flexible Work Hours. Passionate Teachers.
  • Firstly, people! Most people are great to work with and there's such a fun, relaxed but high performing culture. The office is pretty cool too.
  • Strong support culture Lots of opportunities available for personal growth and career great working from home support and facilities.
  • Friendly people and safe, inclusive and collaborative culture. There is room to learn and grow every day, professionally and personally.
  • There are so many roles throughout the business that it can be difficult with the number of people you need to go through to get a change made.
  • Sometimes things can feel a bit unorganised and disconnected e.g. one area working on something similar to your area but not collaborating. This is improving.
  • Sometimes hours can stretch into the night.
  • Currently working from home which is hard. Sad to think I've missed out on a full Grad experience and meeting so many new people.
  • The amount of bureaucracy and red tape. Large organisations are very hard to make agile

Jobs & Opportunities

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Engineering & Mathematics
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Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
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Medical & Health Sciences
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Current Jobs & Opportunities

Graduate Job

Join our Operations Graduate Program based in our stores and sites across the nation and become one of our next operational leaders.

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Technology at Coles is about both supporting existing technical systems as well as driving the business forward through technical innovation.

Nelson Rigby

  • Graduate stories
Technology at Coles is about both supporting existing technical systems as well as driving the business forward through technical innovation.

Nelson Rigby

  • Graduate stories
I love the energy that working at Coles brings; it’s an instant buzz every morning walking in.

Amy Tomlinson

  • Graduate stories
I love the energy that working at Coles brings; it’s an instant buzz every morning walking in.

Amy Tomlinson

  • Graduate stories
Technology at Coles is about both supporting existing technical systems as well as driving the business forward through technical innovation.

Nelson Rigby

  • Graduate stories
Technology at Coles is about both supporting existing technical systems as well as driving the business forward through technical innovation.

Nelson Rigby

  • Graduate stories
I love the energy that working at Coles brings; it’s an instant buzz every morning walking in.

Amy Tomlinson

  • Graduate stories
I love the energy that working at Coles brings; it’s an instant buzz every morning walking in.

Amy Tomlinson


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Hugo Trotter

Hugo Trotter graduated with a Masters of Business Management from The University of Melbourne in 2015, and is now a Trade Planning Manager - First Choice Liquor Spirits & RTDs at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Hugo Trotter

Hugo Trotter graduated with a Masters of Business Management from The University of Melbourne in 2015, and is now a Trade Planning Manager - First Choice Liquor Spirits & RTDs at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Feehan

Alexandra Feehan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne in 2014, and is now a Store Manager at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Feehan

Alexandra Feehan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne in 2014, and is now a Store Manager at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Hugo Trotter

Hugo Trotter graduated with a Masters of Business Management from The University of Melbourne in 2015, and is now a Trade Planning Manager - First Choice Liquor Spirits & RTDs at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Hugo Trotter

Hugo Trotter graduated with a Masters of Business Management from The University of Melbourne in 2015, and is now a Trade Planning Manager - First Choice Liquor Spirits & RTDs at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Feehan

Alexandra Feehan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne in 2014, and is now a Store Manager at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Feehan

Alexandra Feehan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne in 2014, and is now a Store Manager at Coles.