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Published on April 30th, 2015 | by The GC Team


John Lewis recruitment drive for 850 new jobs gets underway

  • Over 500 vacancies go live tomorrow in Birmingham, to join team of 150 specialist roles already being recruited
  • Recruitment is underway for over 200 new roles in Milton Keynes

Applications for more than 500 roles at John Lewis’s new multi-million pound regional flagship Birmingham store open tomorrow.

The retailer is also creating 200 new jobs at its national distribution centres in Magna Park, Milton Keynes.

All applicants for roles at John Lewis should log onto: www.jlpjobs.com to apply for available positions.

In Birmingham, John Lewis is on the hunt for new Partners to fill a variety of positions, from sales assistants to stock and catering roles. The successful applicants will join a team of 150 specialist roles across visual merchandising, business protection, admin and maintenance for which recruitment is already underway.

The 250,000 sq ft Birmingham department store is one of the largest John Lewis shops outside of London. It is due to open in September this year and will be the anchor tenant of the new £150 million Grand Central retail development.

Head of Branch at John Lewis Birmingham, Lisa Williams, said: “It’s really exciting to be starting this stage of the recruitment process tomorrow. I can’t wait to find the hundreds of residents from the city and surrounding areas who will be instrumental in John Lewis Birmingham’s development.

“John Lewis gives Partners fantastic opportunities to progress and move up the career ladder. I joined the Partnership 26 years ago as a part time selling assistant when I was still at school and have been supported every step of the way to management level. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic people who are eager to work within a team and importantly, have a passion for retail.”

In Milton Keynes, the recruitment drive for over 200 jobs at John Lewis’s national distribution centres in Magna Park began last week. Recruitment will be phased over the next twelve months, with a variety of full and part time warehouse assistant roles available. Responsibilities will include receiving and storing products, picking individual branch orders, loading goods onto trailers using mechanical handling equipment such as forklift trucks and ensuring the right products go to the right shops.

Terry Murphy, Director of National Distribution Centres at John Lewis, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to join our distribution teams in Milton Keynes. As customers shopping habits evolve so must our operational business model. Increasing our numbers will enable us to not only react and fulfill omnichannel shopping experiences, but to also provide a better service to our shops and customers.”

Both distribution centres ‘Magna Park 1 & 2’ occupy over 1.3 million sq ft and are adjoined by a 90-metre link bridge. They service all 43 John Lewis shops and a growing online business. Also recently announced was the opening of a third distribution centre in Milton Keynes next year, further supporting the growth of the omnichannel business.

Successful applicants will become a part of John Lewis’s unique Partnership structure, meaning they become Partners and are all co-owners of the business, as well as receiving a host of benefits, including an annual bonus, access to holiday and leisure facilities, education and career development support.

All applicants for roles at John Lewis should log onto: www.jlpjobs.com to apply for available positions.



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