Carl Barrett, Section Manager

Working for us

At the John Lewis Partnership, employees are Partners, which means we are all owners of the business and share in its success. Our founder, John Spedan Lewis, had an ambitious vision of employee co-ownership with the happiness of Partners as the ultimate purpose, and his vision lives on in the modern Partnership of today.

What does working in a Partnership mean?

Being a Partnership is about much more than sharing the profits: it defines our approach to what we do. With ownership comes responsibility, and the knowledge that our success depends entirely on providing the best quality products and services to our customers so that they come back to us again and again. Our democratic network of elected councils, committees and forums gives Partners a real say in our decision-making processes, and allows us to challenge management on performance and have a real say in how the business is run. This sense of collective responsibility extends to everyone we deal with, from customers and suppliers to the communities we're part of.

Over the last year, we have launched It's Your Business 2028 as well as the 4Ps (an evolution of our Our Partner Plan) , Built around four key themes: Performance, Productivity, Pay and Progression.

Employee Ownership

The John Lewis Partnership is a member of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), a business association for companies who are substantially or wholly owned by the people who work for them. For more information visit the Employee Ownership Association website (

  • Training and development We want every Partner at every level of the business to be able to fulfil their potential.
  • Pay and benefits We aim to be market leading, and have always believed there's more to a job than just work and pay.