Our Management Development Programme will see you running your own shop in just 9 months.

Retail is not for everyone. It's fast paced and no two days are the same but if you're looking for a role that's hands on with real responsibility then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Throughout the programme you will benefit from our great training and mentoring from a senior manager. You'll also receive a salary of £22,000 and other benefits such as 30 days holiday and 15% staff discount from day one.


No previous retail experience is required as our programme will take you from Retail Assistant to Shop Manager in just 9 months.

You will need to be hands on and customer focused as you will be leading your team to deliver a fast and friendly service in a clean and tidy shop. Our Shop Managers spend very little time in the office, preferring to roll their sleeves up and lead from the front.

We want you to understand us inside out so you will spend time in other parts of the business learning how each team works hard together to look after our customers. Running one of our shops is not difficult but it is hard work and with our great training and the support of your manager, colleagues and mentor you will have every opportunity to succeed in your new retail career.

We will treat you as an individual and tailor your training to meet your needs and ensure that you are not held back in your development at any stage. Have a look below to see what your first 12 months with us could look like:


Weeks 1 to 4 - Retail Assistant

Weeks 5 to 10 - Duty Manager


Weeks 12 to 22 Duty Manager

Weeks 23 & 24 - Holiday


Central Services


Weeks 28 to 37 - Duty Manager


Weeks 39 to 51 - Shop Manager

Final Review










Farmfoods is a sixty five year old family business. When you join us you will become a part of achieving our mission to deliver the simplest, best value, friendliest shops in town… different to anywhere else and much better.

With over 300 shops spread nationwide from Wick to St Austell, the chances are we have a location for you.

We are a family business, not a corporate monster. Our culture is built around our values of Hard Work, Trust, Respect and Positive Attitude and our belief that You Are In Control. At every level in Farmfoods you are trusted and expected to take responsibility for yourself, your work and your colleagues. This is important because in everything we do we remember that it is our customers who pay our wages, and our shop teams who serve them. We therefore trust our shop teams to take responsibility for delighting our customers every day.

If you are a naturally friendly, enthusiastic person we think you’ll fit right in and love our hard-working, hassle free, customer first approach.


£22,000 salary

Full time, permanent position

Comprehensive training in leadership and management

Great training programme

Six weeks annual leave

Opportunities for career progression


We are looking for committed, highly motivated and driven people to join our Management Development Programme. If you're the type of person who is determined to succeed and who thrives on responsibility and hard work then the Farmfoods Management Development Programme might be your perfect career choice. To be eligible to apply you must have:

  • A 2:2 Degree in any discipline
  • A Full UK Driving Licence
  • The full and unrestricted right to work in the UK
  • A hardworking, friendly personality

We don't mind if you have never worked in retail before, if you meet these requirements we would love to hear from you!


There are three stages to our recruitment process for the Management Development Programme, each of which is designed to let you show off your best and to help us find the best people for our team:

Application Form

Submit your online application before the deadline. You will be asked some short questions to make sure that Farmfoods is right for you and that you are right for us.

Telephone Call

If successful in stage one you will be contacted by text, asking you to phone us and complete a short telephone call.

Final Interview

This is the final stage of our recruitment process. You will meet one of our senior managers in a shop for a formal interview.


Vacancies for the Management Development programme will be advertised based on location all year round. You can visit our Jobs Portal to see if we have any live vacancies.
You must have achieved, or are expecting to achieve, a 2:2 or above in any specialism.
You should also hold a full UK driving licence and have the right to work in the UK. Proof of both of these will be requested.
Stage One – Application Form
The online application form consists of a number of short questions which enable us to get to know a bit more about you and also to help you decide if we are the right company for you.

Stage Two – Telephone Call
If successful in stage one you will be contacted by text, asking you to phone us and complete a short telephone call.

Stage Four - Final Interview
This is the final stage of our recruitment process. You will meet one of our senior managers in a shop for a formal interview.
Full training and support will be provided throughout the programme including; completion of our award winning retail training programme and attending group workshops in leadership and management.
At the end of the programme you will have a final review with members of the senior management team. Upon successful completion you will be assigned a permanent shop to make your own.
You will be offered a permanent position with us providing you have passed the criteria set out for the programme, for example the successful completion of your training and satisfactorily completing your regular reviews. Your final review will take place at the end of the programme. For the right people Farmfoods is a job for life.
Following your successful completion of the programme you will be assigned a permanent Shop Manager position. You will also be able to discuss opportunities for your future career with Farmfoods. Where you go after the programme is down to your own ability, personality and determination. There are permanent and secondment opportunities regularly available across our business. These opportunities require different abilities and skills and are always competitive but after completing our management development programme you are well placed to succeed wherever your ambitions lie.
Each role will be advertised based on a location, you will have to work in multiple shops but in most cases this will be limited to your local area.
You will work 45 hours per week across 5 days. Retail is definitely not a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 job, so if this is what you are looking for you need not apply. Our teams work hard and nobody knocks off early. At Farmfoods we expect to go home a little tired, but pleased with a day’s work well done.
You will receive full support and training throughout your time on our programme. You will also have your own mentor who will perform regular reviews with you to ensure you are progressing well, and who you can contact at any time should you have any concerns or questions.
We have no set number of people we are aiming to recruit, we will advertise vacancies as and when positions become available.
You will not find another programme that better balances training, responsibility and the buzz of a fast paced job. Add to that a guaranteed secure job (following successful completion) at a national company with great opportunities and family values; we believe the Farmfoods Management Development Programme is truly first in its class.
Shortly after you apply you should receive an email thanking you for submitting your application and confirming that it has been received.
We are unable to provide feedback at the application form stage due to the high volume of online applications we receive. However, we are happy to provide feedback following the final interview if you request it.
Absolutely, you are welcome to apply again once our applications open for next year’s intake. Just make sure you take on board any feedback provided.
Of course, we have no age limits on our programme.
Of course, visit the Internal Jobs Portal , find the advert and apply.