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Elevate Your Career with WHSmith's
Future Leaders Graduate Programme

WHSmith For Every Career Journey

As our business grows, our purpose for every journey there is a WHSmith becomes evident. Today, we are present in over 30 countries worldwide, employing a diverse group of more than 14,000 employees and supporting thousands of local communities and the environment around us. Our portfolio of successful brands plus partnered brands allows us to adapt to changing dynamics and the individual requirements of customers worldwide.

We are aiming to be a more Sustainable Business

As a major retailer, our operations can have far-reaching consequences, and we are increasingly sensitive to the global issues that impact our world. We want our customers to trust us to act sustainably, ensuring we have minimal environmental impact, that we source our products fairly and ethically, and that we support the communities where we operate.

Seize the opportunity to kickstart your career with WHSmith

Every day in the graduate programme is a new opportunity to learn, grow, and make a difference. Join us in shaping the future of retail and beyond!

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  • Exciting opportunities across a number of Support Centre departments including Commercial, International and Business Development.

  • A structured 24 month programme which will build on your existing knowledge in addition to developing technical, behavioural and leadership skills.

  • Opportunities to rotate within your business unit to experience different roles within WHSmith.

  • Online, face to face and on-the-job learning.

  • One-to-ones and group sessions with the Executive team at WHSmith so you can begin to raise your profile from your first day.

"My first few months within the Business Development team have been exciting and challenging in equal measure"

Peter Travis, Business Development Graduate 2022 Cohort

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Meet Katie and hear her story so far from starting as a Graduate to becoming Trading Finance Controller.


The Careers and Development team at WHSmith has left no stone unturned in designing the Graduate programme 2023. The very hands-on induction programme, coupled with the warm and welcoming atmosphere of everyone here, has made me feel right at home.

Fiasal / WHSmith High Street, Graduate Buyer, 2023 Cohort
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My experience on the WHSmith graduate scheme has been an exciting and transformative journey so far.

Isabella / International, Graduate Buyer, 2023 Cohort
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