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The first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together.

It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make.  Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture.  We may come from diverse backgrounds, but we all share a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. 

If you’re looking for a long and full career at Wickes, the more you give, the further you can go. It’s up to you to make that happen, but we’ll support you with online courses, role and transitional development programmes and mentoring. 

For example, we have a range of transitional development programmes for colleagues at all levels:

Attendance is based on Line Managers’ nominations with submissions signed off by the Board.

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Women of the Future

This programme is aimed at female colleagues at mid-management level. It focuses on ways to improve your networking and personal presence within our business.

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Oxford Summer School

This hugely prestigious 5-day residential programme is limited to ten management-level colleagues from across the business. Hosted at the amazing Keeble College, Oxford University, OSS helps you develop as a retail leader, enhancing your understanding of the five key retail resources; People, Money, Merchandise, Marketing and Retail Channels.

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Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD)

This transitional development programme is run internally for colleagues looking to move into positions of leadership within 6-12 months. It’s designed to help you move from managing to leading.

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Coaching for Modern Leadership

A remote coaching programme for our head office colleagues, it focuses on the skills and mindset required to move your career forward to a more senior position.

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Fresh off the shelf

Joe Cornish, Regional Leader

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Store Operations

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9/15/2020

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What’s your role at Wickes?I am a Regional Leader,  I look after an area of stores across the South East and London. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I previously spent 10 years working in the food retail sector in various roles and wanted to try something new and a little bit different. I instantly became addicted to the fantastic culture in Wickes and the opportunities it has brought for myself and my team. I started 4 years ago as a Store Manager and have been a Regional leader since Jan 2020. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?I spend most of my day visiting my store teams, understanding how their business is performing, and both encouraging and looking for opportunities to improve the shopping experience for our customers, whilst keeping our stores safe and legal. What do you love about your job?Bit of a cliche but genuinely no two days are the same, this has taught me a wide variety of skills and experience. I love talking with a wide variety of people from colleagues to customers, and I enjoy supporting colleagues as they grow towards their future career goals. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at Wickes? The inclusivity of our business is our greatest quality, so the best advice I can give is to be yourself, embrace the fun and friendly culture, and be open to both sharing and hearing great ideas from our colleagues.

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Stefanie, Operations Advisor

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Support Functions

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8/26/2020

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What's your role at Wickes?I am an Operations Procurement Manager. I sit within the Store Operations Department under the Cost Control team. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I initially started with Wickes as a part-time colleague in stores whilst I was at University but it soon became clear to me that I wanted to stay on and build my career in Wickes. After earning my degree, I started taking on more roles in-store and became full time. I was exploring my options both in-store and out of stores as I found out that there was a wide variety of roles available within Wickes and that’s how I made my way to the Support Centre. I have now had three different roles within the Support Centre (working my way up within Store Operations) and I’m loving my time with Wickes even more. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?I’m involved (to varying degrees) in all new stores, refits and all the ranges reviews that take place in stores so you’ll probably find me in a meeting! Joking aside, there is a lot of interacting with our suppliers (building relationships and keeping on top of all the projects going on) and with lots of different teams in the Support Centre. All the while, I have to make sure we’re getting the best work for the best price. It’s such a varied role and you get to talk to and work with so many people. What do you love about your job?It’s got to be the fact I get to interact and work with so many different people. It’s great to be able to meet so many people from teams across the Support Centre. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give someone who wants to work at Wickes?I really enjoy the flexibility and the culture Wickes offers. Both in-store and in the Support Centre there is so much opportunity to learn and grow as well as having a life outside of work. Everyone is so supportive and lovely, it’s amazing what you can achieve with the right culture! My advice to someone who wants to work at Wickes is: do it! Jump in with both feet and don’t be afraid to say yes to any and all opportunities that come your way.

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