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John Lewis to recruit over 3,500 Partners for festive season

Wednesday 24 August 2016

 

John Lewis is searching for over 3,500 temporary Partners (staff) to fill roles across the retail and distribution arms of its business, ahead of the busiest shopping period of the year.
 
The retailer is recruiting new Partners to assist customers in preparing for the festive season, with positions available across a number of departments including the John Lewis Christmas Shop, electrical and home technology, gift food and catering, as well as behind-the-scenes stock management roles.

In addition to branch roles, John Lewis also has vacancies available across its distribution and contact centres networks to support branches and johnlewis.com.

Charlotte Veillet, resourcing manager at John Lewis said: 'Temporary Partners help to make Christmas at John Lewis! We're looking for bright, happy and hardworking individuals to add the Christmas sparkle to our customers' shopping experience. From expertly gift-wrapping the perfect present, to ensuring stock levels are as good as they can be or supporting our behind-the-scenes operations at one of our distribution or contact centres, we're excited to welcome new team members to create an unbeatable Christmas shopping experience for our customers.'

The John Lewis recruitment team is committed to training all Christmas temporary staff to achieve the highest level of customer service, in order to ensure our customers receive excellent customer service with every shopping experience.

Dino Rocos, Operations Director at John Lewis, is an example of how far a temporary Christmas role can take you. Having joined the business in 1976 as a temporary Partner, Dino now sits on the business's management board and heads up its entire logistics operation.

Dino Rocos, Operations Director said: 'I certainly didn't think when I joined John Lewis as a Christmas temp that I would still be here forty years later as a board director.  The business provided me with the support to help develop my skills and knowledge from the very beginning and it quickly became clear to me that I was developing a fascination for retail, so accepting an offer for a permanent job at the end of my contract was an easy decision.

'As time progressed I began to understand more about the organisation and its focus on fairness – this was something that was very attractive to me, and something that I've carried forward into my leadership style in my current role as Operations Director. A temporary Christmas role was the ideal foot in the door for me and I'd urge anyone with an interest in retail to consider applying this year.'

Those interested in applying should visit www.jlpjobs.com, where batches of vacancies will be advertised between now and September.


Notes to editors

John Lewis - John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology, and was named  'Best In-Store Experience', 'Best Clothing Retailer,' 'Best Electricals Retailer,' 'Best Furniture Retailer,' 'Best Homewares Retailer' and 'Best Click & Collect Retailer' in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

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General enquires

For further information please contact:

Emma Cole
Communications Officer, Corporate
Telephone: 0207 798 3829
Email: emma.cole@johnlewis.co.uk