Graduate Program

Good things start here, especially when it comes to your career. Our Store Support Centre (corporate office) and Operations (Stores & Distribution Centre) Graduate Programs are key to how we develop and inspire our future leaders. Across the two-year program graduates will develop the core and specialist skills they need to kick start their career at Coles.

Whether you’re based in store, on site or at Store Support Centre (corporate office), as a Coles graduate you will be challenged from day one, have real responsibilities and build your network across the business. You’ll be coached and guided by leaders from across Coles – readying you for an accelerated career.

As soon as you step onto the program, you will play a vital role in how we deliver our strategy and fulfil our purpose to sustainably feed all Australians to help them lead healthier, happier lives.

We’re looking for graduates who are curious and want to embrace innovation and change, while inspiring customers in everything they do.

Are you ready to start good things here?

How the program is delivered

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 you will accelerate your career to become one of our next operational leaders. Take your pick from one of two streams;

  • 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.

What makes the Coles Graduate Program unique?

Continuous learning and development opportunities - 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 and can challenge the way we do things to make a real difference to the business and our customers.

Learn from great leaders - You will have an extensive support network to assist you in creating a challenging and successful career and be given constant feedback to hone your skills.

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 work in cross-functional groups to complete an Innovation Project, where the top teams have the opportunity to present to our Executive team on a real business challenge.

Learn more about Coles Graduates

Who can apply?

You need to meet a few criteria to be eligible:

  • You’ll be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of application​.
  • You must have completed your course by the start date
  • For our Store Support Centre Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a bachelor's degree before commencing the program
  • For our Operations Graduate Program you’ll have completed a diploma before commencing the program

The process

  1. APPLY: Submit your resume, personal details and respond to a few simple eligibility questions.
  2. TESTING: Complete online testing, including a short psychometric assessment.
  3. VIDEO INTERVIEW: Participate in an online video interview so we can get to know you better.
  4. DISCOVERY CENTRE: Collaborate with a group of graduate applicants in our Discovery Centre so we can see how you work as part of a team and you can learn more about our business and the program firsthand.
  5. JOIN THE PROGRAM: We’ll let you know if you’re successful and you’ll receive a formal offer to join this program.

Key dates

Applications for our 2022 Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program are now OPEN.

Applications for our 2022 Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program will close 25th April 2021 23:59 AEST.

APPLY NOW for our next Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program (February 2022 start)

Applications for our Operations Graduate Program will open from July 2021.

Register your interest here for our Operations Graduate Programs and we'll connect with you when applications open.


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