Graduate Program

Feeding a nation and bringing value to the millions of Australians 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 through a combination of on the job learning, exposure to senior leaders, mentoring and an active support network you will accelerate your career to become one of our next operational leaders. Learn more about the Operations Graduate Program experience.

Graduates who can inspire customers and are passionate about sustainably feeding all Australians will have the opportunity to deliver commercial outcomes, lead teams to win together, and see the impact of your work on local communities and supply chain. Choose from four key business areas;

  • 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.
  • In our Coles Liquor and Coles Express streams, experience working in multiple locations, and be challenged with real responsibility, as you build the capabilities needed to successfully manage a portfolio of sites or stores

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​.
  • For our Operations Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a relevant qualification prior to commencing the program.
  • For our Store Support Centre Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a bachelor's degree before commencing the program.

The process

Candidates wishing to apply will undertake a Four step process. For more information, please Click Here.

Key dates

Applications for our 2022 Operations Graduate Program are now OPEN. If you’re interested in applying, please complete our online application form here. Applications will close on 3rd October 2021.

Want to find out more about our Coles 2022 Operations Graduate Program? Register here to join us for an Virtual Information Session on Monday 27 September 5:30 AEST.

Applications for our 2023 Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program will open in March 2022.

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