Woolworths Group Graduate Programs

We believe in fresh thinking

Welcome to the Woolworths Group.

There’s never been a better time to join.

We’re always on the lookout for great talent and future problem solvers, because we know it’s important to constantly find ways to improve; to meet and exceed the changing needs of our customers, our communities and our team.

And we know that it’s you, the next generation of thinkers, that will continue to propel us forward.

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About Us

We believe in fresh thinking

Welcome to the Woolworths Group.

There’s never been a better time to join.

We’re always on the lookout for great talent and future problem solvers, because we know it’s important to constantly find ways to improve; to meet and exceed the changing needs of our customers, our communities and our team.

And we know that it’s you, the next generation of thinkers, that will continue to propel us forward.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Woolworths Group as we keep innovating and shaping the future of retail.

And as part of our team, you can help make a positive difference to millions of people every day.

That’s what’s possible here. That, and much, much more.

Why choose us?

Here your ideas can be heard. Your actions and decisions can make a difference across all of Woolworths Group, our team members, and ultimately, our customers – in cities, towns and everywhere in-between. If you want to do something truly great in your career, then this is the start for you.

Firstly, you’ll learn from the best in the business. We have over 90 years experience and house iconic brands such as Woolworths Supermarkets, Countdown, Dan Murphy's, BWS, and BIG W.

With so many businesses within the one Group, this means one important thing for you – opportunity.

Today we have more than 3,000 stores across Australia and New Zealand employing over 201,000 people.

But don’t think you’ll just be another member of the team. Far from it.

Yes we all have a role to play, but if you have an idea or suggestion, then speak up. We value your opinion. And your ideas can make a real difference to our business.

Because at the end of the day, we’re here to create better experiences together. And that’s what puts us ahead of the rest.

So, if you’re keen to make a positive impact, and be part of a team that can really take you places - it’s time to apply.

Information Technology

Ready to shape the future?

Technology is changing the face of retail every day. And we’re looking for those who are ready for this challenge, individuals who can think outside the box and are passionate about technology. If you want to help influence the world we live in through technology, then this role is for you.

What you’ll learn and experience

From cyber security and analytics, to customising product offerings for customers, when you start your career here, you will be signing up to transform the customer experience through technology.

What’s possible with Woolworths Group IT

  • Be immersed across the many businesses within the Group.
  • Gain experience and professional development opportunities across all areas of IT – such as Cyber Security, Product & Value Chain, Stores, Applications, Operations and Programme Management.
  • Have the opportunity to be involved in the design, build and management of IT solutions.


This is a 2-year role, based in Sydney.

Key education

Bachelor of Information Technology, Business, Commerce, Engineering, Science or Design (with a major in IT)


Prepare to build your future

Anything is possible with this role. Imagine being part of a team providing the strategy and management that goes into purchasing, developing, and maintaining a fleet of over 3,500 stores and distribution centres. Don’t miss this chance.

What you’ll learn and experience

Your 2-year grad role includes rotations in Property Development (retail and non retail), Property Management, Asset Management and Network Planning.

From on the job training through to regular graduate workshops, the program aids in the development of commercial and retail property based skills.

What’s possible with Woolworths Group Property

  • Involved in delivering the best property network for our customers
  • Opportunity to work on a diverse range of high priority developments from feasibility to delivery
  • Learn from a team of experienced property professionals
  • Develop fundamental property, commercial and business partnering skills


This is a 2-year role, based in Sydney.

Key education

Bachelor of Business, Commerce (Major in Property), Property Management, Construction Management or Real Estate

Quality Assurance

Be part of a household name

Do you have a passion for food manufacturing and retail? Our grad roles give you the opportunity to join our technical team, working together with developers to ensure the highest quality and food safety standards for Woolworths products.

What you’ll learn and experience

Your passion for quality products will come to life through first-hand experiences at a store level and across global sourcing, manufacturing and technical teams in Quality, Sustainability and Health.

What’s possible with Woolworths Quality Assurance 

  • Opportunity to network, create and collaborate on innovative products, which are targeted to the needs of our customers
  • Ensure our products lead in Food Safety and Quality
  • Work as part of a team, to support the delivery and launch of new and exciting own brand products
  • Collaborate with domestic and international suppliers to source and manufacture the best products possible


This rewarding and challenging 2-year role is based in Sydney.

Key Education

Bachelor of Science (Food Technology) or Food Science equivalent degree

Strategy, Insights and Customer Experience

Become a game changer

Ready to shape the retail world? This is your opportunity to join an experienced team with strong mentorship and help develop critical strategic initiatives for one of the most powerful retail groups in Australia.

What you’ll learn and experience

Your 2-year role will include 4-6 month rotations through our Customer Experience, Insights and Strategy teams to get a comprehensive view on how we drive business transformation and a customer first culture at Woolworths Group. 

What’s possible with Woolworths Strategy, Insights & Customer Experience

  • Innovation and initiatives that will make a real difference to Australian lives
  • Formal and on-the-job mentoring and training
  • Opportunity to contribute to strategically significant programs and connect with senior leader across the Woolworths Group


  • A passion for customers and understanding their shopping behaviours
  • Outstanding academic record and social achievements
  • Demonstrated structured problem solving and analytical skills; financial modelling
  • Superb written and oral communication and the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with middle management stakeholders
  • Leadership potential and the ability to work well in a team in pressured situations
  • Retail experience is not essential, consumer market experience preferred
  • You must be willing to relocate to Sydney for this position

Key Education

Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, Business or Engineering preferred

Application Process

Here’s what you need to know

Are you ready to go places? Have you chosen your grad role? Then the next step is to apply.

There might be slightly different application processes depending on the stream you apply for.

Assessments could include psychometric testing, cognitive tests, videos made by you, understanding your passion for retail, functional/technical knowledge, interviews and assessment centres.

You may also be asked to provide your academic transcript as well.


To make sure you’re the right fit for a 2020 Woolworths Grad role, there are just a few prerequisites.

  • Be in your final year of study or have recently completed an undergraduate degree (within 2 years).
  • Have demonstrated work experience, retail preferred but not essential.
  • Be able to commence work full time from the role start date, February 2020.
  • Currently living in Australia and able to participate in our selection process.
  • Be an Australian Permanent Resident or Australian / New Zealand citizen as at date of application.
  • Willing to relocate to Sydney (if currently living interstate)

Equal Opportunities Programs

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At Woolworths Group we value diversity and understand the importance of having diverse teams and innovation of thought throughout our team members.

In recognising this, we are working towards having better balanced teams through gender diversity and are working towards fostering a culture that is inclusive of women.

Woolworths Group continues to work towards our 2020 goal of having 40% of senior leadership roles held by women in a sustainable and transparent process through working closely with our Talent and Recruitment teams.

Women @ Woolworths network - This is a team member driven network that provide the opportunity for women to network, attend education workshops to help with career development and how we can improve our flexible work arrangements to ensure that our team members can bring their whole selves to work

Recognition - As an organisation we support and recognise and celebrate International Women’s Day, White Ribbon Day, International Men's Day and Pink Ribbon Day. These events are shared across all our stores and support offices to encourage our team members to participate and to work for an organisation that they feel proud to represent.

Indigenous Programs

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Woolworths values Inclusion & Diversity across all our businesses and want to ensure that team members feel valued, respected and empowered.

Since launching our Indigenous employment ‘Resourcing the Future’ Program in conjunction with the Australian Federal Government we have worked with our teams to provide Indigenous Australian jobseekers permanent part time employment .

We are extremely proud of the work we have undertaken in this space, it has had a direct impact on our communities which we continue to work closely with and ensure we can provide more employment opportunities in the future.

As part of our Corporate Responsibility 2020, we have committed to reaching parity in our graduate program and continue to build a development career pathways and development opportunities for our team members.

LGBTI Support

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At Woolworths Group, we value diversity and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities we serve.

Celebrating diversity in all its forms is part of creating a vibrant and inclusive place to work; where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and our LGBTI community are supported and respected. As a diverse team, we can create better experiences together, each and every day.

In recognition of the growing movement to address LGBTI issues and equality in the workplace, Woolworths has a made a commitment that we we will 'Achieve Gold Tier employer status in Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTI inclusion' by 2020. This index evaluates and benchmarks LGBTI inclusivity and we are working hard to achieve this goal.

Proud at Woolworths Group Network

Our Proud network exists to create a supportive environment across Woolworths Group for our team who identify as LGBTI or who are supporting allies of the community. Proud is made up of 1600 individuals and growing, who believe in diversity, acceptance and equality in the workplace.

Wear It Purple Day

Recognised across Woolworths Group, ‘Wear it Purple Day’ is a day where our stores can celebrate diversity. Wear it Purple Day is about letting our LGBTI peers know that they are supported and respected.

Disability Programs

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The Woolworths Group continues to work with disability employment services to promote access to employment for people with a disability. The organisation is committed to maintaining its status as a recognised employer for people with a disability.

Woolworths Group is also a member of Australian Network on Disability (AND) – a disability organisation that represents corporate organisations in supporting disability employment. We hold gold membership of AND and are represented on the Board. Our focus is to work with AND to build our disability action plan with a view to significantly increase work opportunities for people with a disability.

Cultural Diversity

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Woolworths Group is continuing to recognise and celebrate our multicultural diversity and grow our workforce to reflect the diversity of our customers.

Our Corporate Responsibility 2020 targets include for 100% of team members responsible for hiring to have completed Inclusive Leadership training by 2020 and for our store teams to have the ethnicity and cultural background to engage and understand the community they operate in.

Woolworths Group is a participant in the Migration Council of Australia’s, Friendly Nation Initiative. This important initiative means that Woolworths supports access to employment pathways and opportunities for refugees and migrants arriving in Australia, particularly those affected by the Syrian crisis.

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