Do you have or are you expecting at least a 2:2 in any subject and are you interested in a career in retail?

Our Management Development Programme is not for the faint hearted because we are looking for our leaders of the future. The job is hands on and the days can be demanding but you will receive support throughout, gain great experience and receive a salary of £22,000 from day one. Are you up for running your very own multi-million pound business in just 9 months?


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 as you will be part of a team responsible for delivering a fast and friendly service in clean and tidy shops. Our Shop Managers spend very little time in the office, preferring to lead from the shop floor. They never ask anyone to do a job that they wouldn’t do themselves… so expect to get your hands dirty.

We want you to understand us inside out so you will spend time in other parts of the business learning how each team works. You will need to work hard but with our award winning training, management and leadership workshops and the support of your manager, colleagues and mentor you have every opportunity to succeed.

Day 1 - Induction

Weeks 1 to 5 - Retail Assistant Training

Weeks 6 to 10 - Duty Manager Training

Week 11 - Distribution

Week 12 - Holiday

Weeks 13 to 22 Duty Manager

Weeks 23 & 24 - Holiday

Week 25 - Audit

Week 26 - Central Services

Weeks 27 to 37 - Duty Manager

Week 38 - Holiday

Weeks 39 to 51 - Shop Manager

Final Review

Week 52 - Holiday









Farmfoods is a sixty 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 Invergordon to Plymouth, 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 store teams who serve them. We therefore trust our store 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

Award winning training programme

Six weeks annual leave
(at fixed times during the programme)

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 four 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 Interview

If successful in stage one you will be invited to take part in a short telephone interview to help us get to know you a bit better.

Assessment Centre

If you reach this stage you will be invited to attend a group assessment centre. This is a day long event where you will take part in group tasks and individual assessments.

Final Interview

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


If you would like to speak to us in person, come and have a chat with us at one of these events:


Applications for our 2019/20 programme are now open. Apply now.
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 Interview
If your online application is successful you will be contacted to arrange a telephone interview. This will be a short interview to help us get to know you a bit better.

Stage Three – Assessment Centre
If you are successful at stage two, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre.

Stage Four - Final Interview
This is the final stage of our recruitment process. You will meet one of our Divisional Managers in a shop for a formal interview.
Assessment centres will be held in a number of major cities across Great Britain in March 2019.
The Farmfoods Management Development Programme lasts for 12 months.
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 in August 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.
It is likely that you will have to move around a bit during the programme, however we will always take any personal circumstances into consideration. If you do move around then travelling and accommodation expenses will always be met.
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.
For the 2019/20 programme we are looking to recruit up to 50 people, but we don't let numbers get in the way of recruiting good people. If we find more than 50 candidates right for the role, we'll still make job offers.
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 assessment centre 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.