M&S.com commercial trading manager (womenswear), Marks & Spencer, aged 23
Ask Tara Hill if you should apply for a place on a retailer’s graduate scheme and her answer will be a resounding ‘yes’. “If you are at the start of your career I cannot emphasise enough the value of a graduate scheme. The application scheme may seem daunting and time consuming but it is absolutely worth it.”
She took a place on the M&S ecommerce graduate scheme in 2012 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a first class BSc honours in Fashion and Textile Retailing. She worked across different functions, focusing on the customer search and navigation journey ahead of M&S.com’s relaunch this spring. She has worked alongside many of M&S’s key stakeholders and was asked to present her work to chief executive Marc Bolland.
When the 12-month placement ended in September 2013 she moved to a permanent role as a commercial manager in the trading team of M&S.com. Her role involves managing the womenswear customer journey and working with the buying and merchandising functions.
Head of UK trading at M&S.com Mark Wright says: “Tara throws herself into new challenges, is always positive in her approach and is a natural leader. During her graduate year, she worked across a number of functions requiring different skills and made the most of each one adapting her style, showing her determination to add value.”