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Coles Group Graduate Programs & Internships

With over 2,500 locations across Australia and as part of a team of over 120,000 team members working at the heart of the nation, we look to Coles graduates to play a key role in delivering our strategy as we journey towards our vision of becoming Australia’s most trusted retailer.

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Past Coles Group Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Coles Group, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Coles Group hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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Job types

  • Graduate Jobs (80%),

  • Internships (20%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (60%),

  • Administration (60%),

  • Agriculture (60%),

  • Architecture (60%),

  • Actuary (60%),

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Locations

  • Melbourne (100%),

  • Brisbane (60%),

  • Canberra (60%),

  • Hobart (60%),

  • Adelaide (60%),

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Work rights

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (80%),

Past Coles Group Graduate Programs & Internships

Check out some of Coles Group's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


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Closed 22 days ago

Good things start here, discover your potential whilst helping Australians lead happier, healthier lives.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

VACANCIES

80

Coles Group

Closed a month ago

Good things start here, discover your potential whilst helping Australians lead happier, healthier lives.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

Coles Group

Closed a month ago

Join us to learn about your 2-year development journey, gain helpful tips to support you in the recruitment process and get your questions answered.

JOB TYPE

Event

LOCATION

Canberra and 7 other locations

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Closed 2 months ago

We are pleased to announce we will be attending the GradConnection Virtual Career Fair on 5th March , an entirely online interactive careers fair accessible to all students and recent grads.

JOB TYPE

Event

LOCATION

Canberra and 6 other locations

Coles Group

Closed 8 months ago

Accelerate your career with the Coles IT Top100 Award – Apply today!

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Canberra and 14 other locations

About Us

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Coles Group

With over 2,500 locations across Australia and as part of a team of over 120,000 team members working at the heart of the nation, we look to Coles graduates to play a key role in delivering our strategy as we journey towards our vision of becoming Australia’s most trusted retailer.

Discover Coles

Coles opened its first store in Collingwood, Melbourne in 1914, and over the course of the last century we have evolved into an iconic portfolio of leading retail brands providing Australians with everyday products including fresh food, groceries, household goods, liquor, fuel and financial services via our store network and online platforms.

In an ever-changing competitive landscape, we remain committed to our vision to become the most trusted retailer in Australia and grow long-term shareholder value. Becoming the most trusted retailer in Australia means we are reliable and responsible, and delivering on our purpose to ‘sustainably feed all Australians to help them lead healthier, happier lives’.

This is why we exist. We have an important role to play to sustainably feed all Australians. From food waste to a sustainable food chain, we want to be sure we're here for another century, creating jobs, supporting our suppliers and making a positive difference in our local communities and to the 21 million customers who shop with us each week.

At Coles, the day-to-day decisions and actions of our team members are guided by our four Values; Customer obsession, Passion and pace, Responsibility, and Health and Happiness.

Supported by our LEaD behaviours (Look ahead, Energise everyone and Deliver with pride) which we exhibit when we’re at our best, our Values shape the way we work together to get things done.

As a team we start with diversity, and we thrive with inclusion. We’re obsessed with building a workplace where everyone is included, feels connected and can belong – and where our team are healthy, happy and can be their authentic selves.

Diversity is engrained in our history and will ensure we continue to win in our second century through the diversity of our team members, our customers and in the communities we serve.

Why Join Us?

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Set up for success

You’ll spend your first week as a graduate at Coles getting to know our business. Our Graduate Program Induction includes intensive professional learning and development sessions ranging from understanding self and business communication fundamentals to internal consulting, business partnering and project management.

For our SSC Graduates, you’ll also spend some time getting to know our customers in store, because no matter which team you’ll be working with, it’s critical in setting you up for success.

For our Operations Graduates, our induction will also allow you to network with people within the Store Support Centre, people from a range of different functions who will support you throughout your program.

Real responsibility

Across both years of the program, you’ll spend most of your time working on real deliverables with clear ownership and accountability.

As a SSC Graduate, your program involves working on projects in cross-functional teams and in year two, presenting a business case to our Board of Directors on a real business challenge. But there’s no better way to understand what our graduates do while in rotation than hearing from them yourself, so take a look at what they’ve got to share about their experience here.

As an Operations Graduate, your program involves leading a store team to deliver a great customer experience whether it be through being trained as a Department Manager or caretaking as Store Manager! You’ll also have an opportunity in your second year to be seconded into the Store Support Centre to work on a business critical project involves our stores.

Support network

We want to support you every step of the way in your Graduate program! As a Graduate you’ll have a wide support network, team members across the business both at junior and senior levels who are there to help and guide you – and make sure you have the best Graduate experience. Your support network will involve a buddy, a HR contact, a Graduate Program Manager + many more people!

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Discover Coles Graduate Program

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.

Application Process

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How to apply

It's simple to apply for the Coles Graduate Program! There are 5 stages to the recruitment process, and we will keep you informed at each stage of the process but here are the key dates for you can expect to hear from us.

If you have any questions during the process, please drop us a note at [email protected] and include in the subject line and the Function of the Graduate Program you are applying for.

Complete an Online Application

This helps us capture information about your background, experiences, and skills. We want to hear why you are the right fit for us! Make sure you check to see that you are eligible for the program before completing your application.

Completing an application form will take you approximately 30 minutes, and once our applications close, you can expect to hear an update on your application within 5 days.

Applications close week commencing Thursday 22nd April.

Psychometric Testing

This stage of the recruitment process helps us understand more about who you are. Not just your skills but your preferred ways of working and how you approach certain situations. It also provides you with an opportunity to see what the types of situations are you could expect to experience when joining the Coles Graduate Program.

This online assessment should take between 45-60 minutes to complete and you can expect to hear an update in the next 2-4 days following the scheduled deadline.

Online assessments will occur week commencing Monday 26th April.

Video Interview

The video interview takes place online where you will record your responses to a range of questions for us to review. It allows us to get a better understanding of who you are and your communication style. We will be looking to understand why you have applied to Coles, and several competencies that we want to see in our future graduates!

The video interview will only take 15 minutes to complete, and you can expect to hear an update within the following fortnight as our team reviews each video interview.

Video interview will occur week commencing Monday 3rd May.

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre gives us the chance to meet you and an opportunity for you to interact directly with us! You will participate in a range of activities during the session, but most importantly, we want to ensure you walk away from your time with us with an impactful experience where you gain some valuable insights and understanding of yourself, and of Coles.

Our Discovery Centre will be a 3-hour session, and look to provide you with an update following your attendance in the following week.

Discovery Centres will occur week commencing Monday 7th June.

Offer

If you're successful through the Discovery Centre, we'll contact you shortly with a job offer!

Before submitting your application, please make sure you check that you meet our eligibility requirements:

  • You’ll be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of application.
  • You have will have completed your studies before the program start date (February 2022)
  • For our Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a Bachelor’s Degree before commencing the program
  • In the second half of 2021, our applications will open for our Operations Graduate Program. For this program, you’ll have completed a Diploma before commencing the program

Employee Profiles

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Let’s hear from Benjamin, one of our SSC Graduates…..

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The chance to rotate cross-functionally was a highlight of my graduate experience at Coles! Essentially, a cross-functional move is the opportunity to rotate through separate parts of the business. A opportunity that Coles encourages you take advantage of to set you up as a well-rounded Graduate at the end of your experience .

My journey started in Central Operations, the vital link between Store Support Centre and our stores. I gained significant knowledge and experience in how our stores run, what their needs are and, subsequently, how to best land changes at store-level. My next stop was the Strategy & Delivery (S&D) team, the beating heart of our business’ analytical thought and long-term planning.

Now I look at answering the following questions:

How do we secure future growth? What would happen if we started selling a new class of product? What will the Australian market look like in 5 years?

The demands of the S&D team couldn’t have been more different to that of Central Operations. My knowledge of store operations is highly valued by the S&D team which illustrates the merit in completing a cross functional move to both add value to your Graduate experience, and to the teams you move into.

Different teams meant different ways of thinking and tackling problems. Different teams also meant meeting people from all over the business. Different teams meant gaining an intimate knowledge of our business. I can't recommend it enough!

Let’s hear from Sam, one of our Supermarket Operations Graduates….

“Why did you apply for the Operations Graduate Program?” [and] “Why Coles?”

I applied for the program because I saw it as an excellent opportunity to kick start my career in management. Coles is a great company with endless career opportunity, and a sound pathway for career progression. Coles is constantly challenging and stretching me, putting me outside of comfort zone. I believe this invaluable experience.

“What is the coolest experience you’ve had in the Graduate Program so far?”

The coolest experience on the Grad program so far has been attending the Coles Road show in Melbourne. The event was fantastically exciting, giving us the opportunity to see the direction that the business is taking as a whole and in each TPC. The event gave insight on the thoughts and ideas of senior leadership, and developed strong comradeship amongst Graduates and managers. Finally, who could forget the excitement generated by Jimmy Barnes!

Whilst in Melbourne, the national Graduate cohort gathered for the Graddy awards, a great networking opportunity for support centre and operations graduates. I was nominated for and won the ‘Shake it off’ Award, which was a proud moment for me, and highlighted the emphasis Coles put on recognition. Overall it was a fantastic two days.

“What are some of your day to day tasks?”

The great thing about being an Operations Grad is that your day to day tasks vary enormously. This is where being flexible is so important; I thoroughly enjoy being thrown in a challenge, and then striving to achieve it. The goal of the Ops Grad is to become a store manager, and as such on a daily basis I am ensuring I am learning as much as I can about operations at store (and where I can, regional) level.

Coupled with this, I am always looking for ways to develop my personal leadership skills. To achieve this, the best way is to LEARN BY DOING, and then ensuring time for reflection at the end of the week. As such, my day-to-day tasks include (but not limited to) – working as a team member; shadowing the department manager; caretaking a department. This year, the graduates were also tasked with several projects to work on as a team, forming a significant part of day-to-day activity.

“What skills do you believe an Operations Graduate needs to be successful in the program?”

  • Organisation
    • Being organised is key to leading a department or a store. Having a clear and concise idea of what needs to be done, and prioritising tasks.
  • Communication
    • The ability to communicate is paramount to both learning and leading. Asking the right questions is very important in developing operational knowledge. On the other side, being able to communicate (especially orally) is a very important attribute for a leader.
  • Ability to lead
    • The ability to lead from the front and take the initiative is sometimes one of the more difficult skills to utilise, especially where the operation is unfamiliar. At Coles however, there are many opportunities to build and develop leadership skills and grow individual confidence in this area.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

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At Coles, we are Better Together when team members can come to work, be offered the same opportunities, perform at their best, be happy, healthy, and safe, and go home feeling accepted for who they are.​

We are committed to building a safe and supportive working environment for all team members, regardless of age, disability, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or background.

Supporting this commitment, we have developed five diversity pillars that form the foundation of our inclusion initiatives. Accessibility, Flexibility, Gender Balance, Indigenous and Pride pillars all form the foundation of what it means to be better together.

With over 3,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members, Coles is one of Australia’s largest corporate sector employers of Indigenous Australians.

Across Australia, Coles employs more than 120,000 team members in total and services around 21 million customers each week at its 2,300 sites, which include supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores and hotels.

You will gain exposure to great opportunities within your selected stream and be mentored by great leaders.

You’ll also have access to a dedicated team of Indigenous advisors across the country, who can provide ongoing support to ensure you achieve the most out of the program.

LGBTQI+

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At Coles, we are Better Together when team members can come to work, be offered the same opportunities, perform at their best, be happy, healthy, and safe, and go home feeling accepted for who they are.

We are committed to building a safe and supportive working environment for all team members, regardless of age, disability, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or background.

Supporting this commitment, we have five pillars that form the base for our inclusion initiatives. These include: Accessibility, Flexibility, Gender Balance, Indigenous and Pride.

Coles partners with Pride in Diversity to support LGBTI workplace inclusion across all aspects of our business. Furthermore, Coles received bronze status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for 2017, highlighting the active role we play in creating an inclusive and supportive environment for the LGBTI community.

We also offer LGBTI Awareness Training to all our Team Members to ensure that we can help this community feel happy, safe and accepted.

In 2018 Coles donated $10,000 to Big Gay Day charity partners to help them deliver vital programs and services to the LGBTQI community.  The Wickham Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley brought Queensland’s LGBTI community and their friends together for a day of fun and music. David Brewster, a Coles Director and member of the company’s Diversity Council, said Coles was pleased to be able to support the important work each of the charity partners were doing for the LGBTI community.  “Big Gay Day is a fantastic celebration of diversity and inclusivity in the community, and it's a great way to support these charities while having a lot of fun”.

More recently Coles celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) by handing out rainbow pins and purple tops that said ‘spot the difference’ to highlight that 1 in 11 team members represents the percentage of people in Australia who identify as part of the LGBTI community.

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