Tesco Ireland Graduate Programme

  • Have you got what it takes?

    At Tesco we look for the very best Graduates! Are you up for the challenge?

  • "It was a great way to begin my career with Tesco"

    As part of the 18 month programme you will experience what its like to work in both the store and the office environment

  • Breadth of Experience

    "Working in the office provided me with a more rounded retail understanding"


Key information:

Length of Programme
18 Months

Obtained or expected to obtain a minimum 2:1 Degree

Willing to relocate anywhere in Republic of Ireland

New graduate programme website launching soon along with our new programme.

A career at Tesco is fast paced and exciting. Our integrated Graduate Programme is the perfect opportunity for you to kick start your career with a household name in Irish retailing.The programme offers a unique opportunity to get a rounded view and first-hand experience within a global retailer. It also gives you the opportunity to contribute to both the retail and office based aspects of the business. In a career with Tesco, you’ll work with all kinds of people - from the colleagues in your team to senior leaders across all areas of the business including our office, stores and distribution centre.
Do you have the drive, values and beliefs to one day become a leader in Tesco?

By participating in our 18-month integrated Graduate Programme, you will be challenged in both an office and store environment. This will give you the chance to understand both sides of the business and also get an understanding of how they work so closely together, therefore giving you a more rounded view of how the business operates.
Throughout the programme, whether in stores or the office, you'll receive constant support through mentoring sessions and meetings facilitated by experienced senior managers. Graduate training and development days will also give you the opportunity to learn and develop new skills while you get to share experiences with your fellow graduates throughout the course of the programme.

When you first arrive in store you will partake in a familiarisation programme, which will give you an insight into the most important aspects of the business. You'll be part of the store team from your first day, trusted to deliver our promise of ‘Every Little Helps’ to every single customer.
You'll soon be responsible for improving customer service and challenged with increasing trade. You'll be leading teams, managing stock, launching new products and ensuring our standards remain at the highest level. You will be given responsibility in your role in store but both the Store and Personnel Manager will be on hand to support you on a day-to-day basis.

During your placement in the office you will take on the responsibility of a project which will aim to add value to and improve the business. This project could be in any one of our functions based in Head Office. You will also receive individually tailored training and senior mentorship which will offer you real scope for progression around our business.

  • Have a passion for delivering top class customer service
  • Have a passion for retail and be willing to work in both a store and office environment
  • Be tenacious, driven, motivated and above all resilient
  • Have the ability to work as part of a team
  • Be a clear and confident communicator
  • Be able to demonstrate decisive and clear decision making
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Be able to embrace, lead and implement change
  • Have the personality to win over the hearts and minds of those around you
  • Be willing to relocate anywhere in Republic of Ireland

By the end of the 18 month programme you should be ready to move into a role in either retail or in the office. We will support you in any way we can to help you to get where you want to go. You will have regular meetings with your Line Manager along with mentorship from Senior Managers in the Business. We will ensure you continue to develop and have a clearly defined career path.
There’s always so much going on in Tesco that there are so many different paths for you to follow. We want you to push yourself to become one of Tesco’s leaders of the future and we will help and support you in every way we can to help get you there. Are you up for the challenge?

Kate McDermott
I studied Business and Law in DIT, but wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do. I had previously worked in stores throughout my time in college so I was especially drawn to the vast opportunities available within the company.
I had previously worked in the Express format as a colleague so the step up to a Line Manager Role in a large store was a daunting task, but one that I gained huge experience from. Christmas was a high point for me as you can imagine, successfully hitting targets and having the highest finest party food sales in the region.
I was excited for the move into the office as it would be my first experience working in this environment. I am currently in an Employee Relations role assisting with a project. A challenging task for my first role but one I have gained the most experience from. I look forward to my next move to hopefully broaden my horizons and have a more rounded experience of the retail environment. 

Evan Comerford
I graduated from Maynooth University in 2014 with an MA in Irish History having completed a degree in English and History there in 2013. I joined Tesco in 2011 as a colleague, working part-time in the evenings and weekends during college. In September 2015 I started the Graduate Programme where I spent a number of months working in Bray as a Line Manager for Bakery and Counters.  While there I worked with my teams to deliver great service to customers and improved sales, learned about the business through working closely with other managers and helped recruit and train new colleagues.
I then moved to my current role in Head Office as Business Planning Analyst, where I support the development and governance of the company’s strategic business plans. This involves supporting key business leads in managing their projects and helping to prepare them to brief the Leadership Team on their work.
What I have enjoyed most about the Tesco Graduate Programme is the range of opportunities it has offered me and allowed me to take on real responsibilities in a highly supportive environment from the very start. There has also been a big emphasis on training and developing each grad’s own personal ability which I think has helped us all a great deal both individually and as a group.

Sarah Seeber
My name is Sarah and I began the Graduate Programme in September 2015, prior to this I worked in the Lucan store from 2004 in various roles.
As part of the Graduate Programme I worked as a Fresh Food Manager for four months. This experience taught me so much about the day to day running and management of a store and how each day has many different challenges. During my time in stores I learned about what it takes to be a great people manager.
After the store placement I moved to a role within the Corporate Affairs team in Head Office. I work on Internal Communications and as part of this I have been working on our colleague website and social network. I have gained a huge amount of knowledge, skills and experience in this short time as I had never worked in an office environment previously and felt this was a huge learning curve for me.
For me the highlights of the programme particularly include working in the office environment for the first time, visiting the Distribution Centre, representing the programme at the Grad Ireland Fair and our group training sessions. I am constantly finding out new things about myself and learning more about where my strengths and weaknesses lie. 

Paul Harney
My name is Paul and I’m originally from Mayo.  I began the Graduate programme in September after I finished studying Retail & Customer service management and Marketing in Galway. During my time in College I worked for Tesco as a colleague.
When I first started the programme I spent the first few months of my placement as Produce Manager in Dundalk. It was a big change despite having had previous experience working in Tesco. Becoming a manager and moving away from home was a big step but thankfully the team I worked with were friendly, accommodating and gave me the best possible support.
After my store placement I moved into head office where I currently work in the personnel department which has been a really good fit. Everyone is really helpful, understanding and supportive. My time in head office has afforded me the opportunity to work on some unique and exciting projects with the tools I need to succeed.
I’ve also taken part in many fun and impactful training days here at the Tesco Academy which has helped prepare me to be a future leader at Tesco. Along the way we have also been able to take part in some events such as the Ploughing Championships, the GradIreland fair where we got to meet and discuss the programme with many different students and school leavers.  We attended the Tesco colleague conference held in Croke Park and several networking lunches with the Tesco leadership team. I’m so happy I got onto the programme because it’s been the best few months of my life and I hope it leads to the many great years to come.