From Employee Relations and L&D, to Payroll & Reward and Recruitment. You’ll find HR right at the heart of WHSmith.

These specialists, plus our dedicated generalist HR team support the entire Group in looking after our 14,000+ employees. Because life moves so fast in our business, HR has to move quickly too. Our people have to be on the ball and ready to make big decisions, fast. It’s this freedom to take the initiative that makes working at WHSmith so different. Our approach stems from our company values, which encourage Accountability, Drive for Results and Valuing our People, as well as Customer Focus.

Here, HR is all about finding innovative, commercial solutions and putting them into action. In recent years, our team has created a Holiday Trading Scheme for Head Office – one of several fantastic flexible benefits. Through this scheme, employees can buy an extra 26 days’ holiday p/a through salary sacrifice, and it’s proving very popular too. Our HR experts also masterminded a move to electronic payslips long before they were common and have more great ideas in the pipeline, such as the Mental Health Awareness training which we have started rolling out across our head offices and stores.

With the need to keep up with a fast-paced, constantly evolving business, come opportunities, variety and challenges. If you thrive on adapting and thinking creatively, and want to work somewhere where no two days are the same, you’ll be right at home in HR.

Want to know more?

There’s lots of reasons to join our team. If you’d like to get a better understanding of some of the benefits available to you or to learn more about our excellent training, please click on the quick links below. You can also take a shortcut to an overview of our application process.

Our benefits


Our benefits include everything you’d expect and a few perks that might surprise you!

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Learning & Development

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There are no limits to where your talent and drive can take you with our training programmes.

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Application process


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WHSmith HR jobs

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