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Find out more about what's involved in landing a Store Support Graduate position at Coles.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out more info About the program, the Teams you could join and the Real stories from our graduates before you apply!


Key Dates

  • Monday 12th February 2018 - Applications Open for August 2018 and February 2019 intakes.
  • Saturday 17th March - Coles Career Expo, this will be a chance for you to come along and speak to existing graduates in each of our functions about what Coles has to offer. This will be held in our Store Support Centre in Melbourne and details of how to apply for a ticket will be listed here shortly.

    Sunday 1st April 2018 - All applications close

  •  We will also be attending the AAGE Big Meets Events in each state as follows:

    • Melbourne - Friday 9th March 

    • Perth - Thursday 15th March

    • Adelaide - Friday 16th March

    • Brisbane - Tuesday 20th March

    • Sydney - Wednesday 28th March



What business areas are there?

We have 17 business areas for you to choose from!

You’ll gain a mix of technical, operational and leadership skills working with key figures within our business in any one of our streams.

Check out the teams you could join or read about our real Graduate experiences if you'd like to know what our Graduates have been up to!

Which team is right for you?

  • Buying & Trading             

  • Central Operations         

  • Coles Express                   

  • Corporate Affairs

  • Digital                                   

  • Finance                                               

  • People & Culture          

  • Legal

  • Liquor                                  

  • Marketing                          

  • Network Planning           

  • Procurement

  • Product Development  

  • Product Technology      

  • Property                             

  • Strategy

  • Supply Chain


What do we look for?

We are looking for Graduates to join the Graduate program who exhibit the following:
  • Ability to operate in a fast paced environment
  • A drive for results
  • A desire to challenge yourself an others
  • A can do attitude
  • Curiosity and desire to learn
  • Team player
  • Excited about a career in retail

When does the program start?

Our Graduate programs run for 2 years.

Applications will open on February 12th 2018 for the following intakes:

  • August 2018
  • February 2019

Am I eligible?

There are a few criteria you need to meet to be eligible for the program:

  • You must have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of application.



What is the recruitment process?

It's a simple process for candidates...

  • Online Application 
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Video Interview
  • Assessment Centre in May (held at our Melbourne office)
  • Offer

Online Application

  • We'll ask for some personal details, your CV and for you to answer a few simple questions.

Psychometric Testing

  • We'll invite you to complete a 30 minute psychometric test.

Video Interview

  • You will need to submit a short video interview.
  • Get creative in showcasing your talent and passion for retail!

 Assessment Centre

  • Be yourself!
  • You will need to prepare for a short case study.
  • Be prepared to have discussions and talk in front of small groups - if you get nervous, practice!
  • The 'meet and greet' session is for candidates who are successful through the first half of the assessment centre.
    • This is an informal discussion between representatives from across the business and YOU!
    • It is a two-way conversation, not a formal interview.
    • We'll spend 30 minutes getting to know you and you can get to know us!
  • It's not about 'winning', so focus on teamwork.
  • It's not how much you say, it's what you say that counts.
  • If you want to find out more about our business, our goals and our values, head to


If you're successful through the assessment centre we'll contact you shortly with a job offer!



Where do I apply?

Applications must be submitted online via




Do I get financial assistance from Coles for my relocation if I complete the program outside my home state?

Although we do not provide financial assistance for your relocation, we’ll definitely be able to connect you with other graduates who have relocated for their hints and tips!


What is a generalist program?

In most companies, Graduates rotate through different teams in the one function but at Coles we do things a little bit differently.

Our generalist program structure means that you can either work in the one function over the two years or  complete one year in one function and have the opportunity to move to another function in your next year. We’ve had Graduates complete cross functional moves from Finance to Digital and HR to Buying & Trading.

So if you’re not sure what function you’re passionate about, a generalist program at Coles is right for you!


What happens at the end of the 2 year Graduate program?

At the end of your 2 year Graduate program you will have an opportunity to apply for roles within the business and continue your career at Coles.

If you pursue career ambitions elsewhere we hope we would have set you up for success wherever your future takes you!

Let us feed your ambition with a career at Coles!

Not quite what you’re after?
Why not check out our Operations Graduate program?