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Coles

4.2
  • > 100,000 employees

Coles Graduate Programs & Internships

  • Retail & Consumer Goods

What it does: One of the ‘Big Two’ supermarket chains, accounting for about a third of the Australian grocery market
Staff stats: Over 130,000 team members spread across 2,200 supermarket and liquor stores, manufacturing locations, distribution centres and store support centres.
The good bits: Great starting salary, potential for fast progression, variety of work

Our Graduate Program

Whether you studied economics or eCommerce, compliance or computer science, marketing or business management, you can choose from 19 career streams. This is your chance to start making your mark as part of our SSC Graduate Program and relish the challenge of hands-on experience. Maybe you'll work with machine learning to forecast daily store demand. Perhaps you'll test Coles Group own brand products before they hit the shelves. Or you could help build the next system that processes and manages 18 million transactions a day. There's so much happening here – and it can happen to your career. Now, that’s food for thought!

Discover Coles

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As we live and breathe our Strategy and Values, we’re committed to attracting and employing people that represent the communities we work in. At Coles, we support our team members regardless of age, disability, race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, family responsibilities or cultural background to ensure they feel safe and included at work. 

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

As part of our Better Together strategy, we’ve committed to a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives to be achieved by December 2023. The program includes five key focus areas – Belonging, Gender Equity, Accessibility, Pride (LGBTQI+), and Indigenous Engagement. Each focus area has ambitious goals that are supported at the executive and board levels and worked towards by all team members. 

Recruitment Process

How to apply

It's simple to apply for the Coles Graduate Program! There are 4 stages to the recruitment process, and we will keep you informed at each stage. 

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

  • Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents at the time of application can apply.
  • If you hold a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) by October 31st 2024 that is valid until at least February 14th 2028, you are eligible to apply for the Technology stream.
  • For our Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program, you’ll have completed a Bachelor’s Degree before commencing the program.

If you have any questions during the process, please drop us a note at emergingtalent@coles.com.au and include in the subject line the Stream Function of the Graduate Program you are applying for.  

Applications for our 2025 Store Support Centre (Corporate Office) Graduate Program have closed, however Expressions of Interest for 2026 Graduate Program will open shortly.

1. Apply Online 
 
It's simple to apply for the Coles Graduate Program! There are 3 stages to the recruitment process, and we will keep you informed at each stage of the process. 

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

If you’re interested in applying, please complete our online application form.

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 Thursday 04th April.

2. Online Assessment 

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 you could expect to experience when joining the Coles Graduate Program.  

This combined psychometric online assessment is an immersive experience that closely mirrors a typical working day by selecting one of the four response options. After completing this you will be introduced to the video section, for each question in the video interview, candidates watch a recorded video and then record their response. After completion of the assessment, you will be emailed an automated feedback report on your performance. 

The online assessment is not timed, but should take about 45 minutes to complete, including the video interview. 

3. 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 Centre's will occur week commencing Monday 06th May.

Remuneration & Career Growth

Rewards & Benefits 

Not only is Coles Group a great place to work, you’ll have access to a range of exclusive benefits and programs that support, reward and inspire team members.  

  • Discounts & benefits: As a Coles Group team member, you’ll receive discounts across all of our internal brands – Coles, Coles Liquor and Coles Online. We also offer generous product and service discounts courtesy of our partners. These discounts cover a range of categories from phones and computers, getaways, sports and entertainment, health and fitness, vehicles and many more!
  • Hybrid working: We champion hybrid working, allowing you the flexibility to work either from home or at our SSC. The technology we have embedded into our ways of working enables us to work remotely, effectively.
  • Team member share plan: Our annual team member share plan offer allows you to make regular salary sacrifice deductions to purchase Coles Group shares.

Career Growth 

Our grads undergo a combination of on-the-job learning, exposure to senior leaders, mentoring and an active support network to develop their skills and expedite their careers. The SSC Graduate Program is only the beginning of your career with Coles, with a guaranteed role at the end of the program.  

You are supported through: 

  • Continuous learning and development opportunities
  • Working on real deliverables with clear ownership and accountability.
  • Leading and delivering an Innovation Project, culminating in a presentation to a senior leadership team. The top team also has the opportunity to present to their Executive team and Board.
  • An accelerator coach, a senior leader dedicated to you for the entirety of the grad program, to help you kickstart your career.
  • Connecting with senior leaders from across the business, providing you the opportunity to build your personal brand and learn about their own career journey.
  • A buddy, either a more senior grad or team member, to help you settle in from the beginning.

Graduate Reviews

Overall Score
4.2
Overall score based on 44 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.3
Culture
8.5
Diversity
8.3
Work Hours
8.3
Culture
8.5
Diversity
8.3
Work Hours
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Great management is very inclusive, and team members truly care about your development and growth. There are lots of perks, such as free food and the ability to taste test new stock.
  • Work culture and career progression
  • As a graduate, I am involved in decision-making and feel as though I have genuine autonomy.
  • They value growth and development very highly.
  • Great company culture, many support systems as a graduate to allow you to become a competent and high achieving employee in a short amount of time. allow you to own work right away.
  • The worst thing about working for Coles is that it is easy to burn out because there is so much commitment and responsibility that everyone carries.
  • As a large organization, it can be difficult to adjust and settle in at the beginning.
  • How big the company is, so you really need to make an effort to expand your network and office location.
  • It is a big business to learn
  • Office location

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Australia wide
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
T
Teaching & Education
Current Jobs & Opportunities

Graduate Job

Hawthorn East
We are on the lookout for graduates to join Coles as part of our Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program.
Salary
AUD 75,000 - 85,000 / Year

Graduate Job

Hawthorn East
Coles is on the lookout for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates to join Coles as part of our Store Support Centre (SSC) Graduate Program.
Salary
AUD 75,000 - 85,000 / Year

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
In marketing, being organised, being passionate and being open to new experiences will get you a very long way.

Eliza Donaldson

  • Graduate stories
In marketing, being organised, being passionate and being open to new experiences will get you a very long way.

Eliza Donaldson

  • Graduate stories
An inquisitive mind will shine, and your desire to learn or understand how things work is far more important than what degree you come with.

Matthew Gennaccaro

  • Graduate stories
An inquisitive mind will shine, and your desire to learn or understand how things work is far more important than what degree you come with.

Matthew Gennaccaro

  • Graduate stories
In marketing, being organised, being passionate and being open to new experiences will get you a very long way.

Eliza Donaldson

  • Graduate stories
In marketing, being organised, being passionate and being open to new experiences will get you a very long way.

Eliza Donaldson

  • Graduate stories
An inquisitive mind will shine, and your desire to learn or understand how things work is far more important than what degree you come with.

Matthew Gennaccaro

  • Graduate stories
An inquisitive mind will shine, and your desire to learn or understand how things work is far more important than what degree you come with.

Matthew Gennaccaro


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Abhi Manandhar

Abhi Manandhar completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce Specialist (Finance) from Monash University and is now a Finance Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Abhi Manandhar

Abhi Manandhar completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce Specialist (Finance) from Monash University and is now a Finance Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Melanie Woon

Melanie Woon completed a double degree in IT and Arts with a major in Business Information Systems and Japanese from Monash University. She is now a Technology Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Melanie Woon

Melanie Woon completed a double degree in IT and Arts with a major in Business Information Systems and Japanese from Monash University. She is now a Technology Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Abhi Manandhar

Abhi Manandhar completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce Specialist (Finance) from Monash University and is now a Finance Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Abhi Manandhar

Abhi Manandhar completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce Specialist (Finance) from Monash University and is now a Finance Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Melanie Woon

Melanie Woon completed a double degree in IT and Arts with a major in Business Information Systems and Japanese from Monash University. She is now a Technology Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

Melanie Woon

Melanie Woon completed a double degree in IT and Arts with a major in Business Information Systems and Japanese from Monash University. She is now a Technology Graduate at Coles.

Videos


Our Values | Coles Group

Our values drive how our team of more than 120,000 team members work together and show up, and they shape the culture that we aspire to. They guide our decisions, how we serve our customers and the communities that we work in every day.

Our Values | Coles Group

Our values drive how our team of more than 120,000 team members work together and show up, and they shape the culture that we aspire to. They guide our decisions, how we serve our customers and the communities that we work in every day.

Advice


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