LONDON, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has started a major recruitment campaign in London to find 500 Team Leaders and 200 Managers for its convenience stores.
The drive will bring in fresh talent to power the growth of Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores, with 60 new stores due to open in in London and the South East in the next year.
There are 500 Team Leader, 100 Store Manager and 100 Deputy Manager positions available over the next financial year. Sainsbury’s currently has 185 Local stores in Greater London,employing over 6,000 people.
Director of Convenience for Sainsbury’s, Simon Twigger, said: “We’re a growing business, and with that comes the need for fresh new talent and perspective. We’re open to everyone, so if you like a challenge and have a head for business and customer service – come and see what we can offer.
“Running one of our busy stores is like running your own business and if you put in the hard yards the results get noticed. The variety and potential for career progression is pretty much unrivalled.”
Nationally, Sainsbury’s employs over 14,000 people in its convenience business. It has pledged to open up to two new convenience stores each week during 2013/14 and has opened nearly 80 so far this year. In November 2012 the retailer announced plans to create 10,000 jobs through the expansion of its convenience business within the next three years and always works to fill these jobs with local people whenever possible.
Fojlu Hussain, 33, manages the Kilburn Local. He said: “I was studying to become an accountant, when I started a part-time job with Sainsbury’s in 2000, to earn a bit extra while I was at college. I’m now managing my own store with 35 colleagues, and used every opportunity to train and develop. The business has really supported me – once I got the flavour being in management I knew that I then wanted to be a store manager.”
Luiza Vedana, 27, manages the Sainsbury’s Local in St John’s Hill, Wandsworth. She said: “I have a team of 25 people and a local community to serve – so it’s a big responsibility but equally very rewarding – I can really make things happen and see the difference in my job. Making sure that my team share the same goals and serve our customers is a real challenge but one that I relish.”