Supply Chain

Manage and improve in-store processes to develop our customer experience. Get great operational and leadership training.

Status: Programme closed
Supply Chain

Key Information

Salary - £27k pa

Eligibility – 320 UCAS Points (or equivalent); 2:1 Degree

Length – 2 Years

Every day, 11 million customers visit Tesco stores. Here in the Supply Chain team we are always looking for ways to improve how Tesco gives those customers what they want, when they want it. Did you know that a 10 degree rise in temperature means we sell 300% more barbecue meat and 50% more lettuce? We use this relationship to make sure we order products in the right amounts to give our shoppers what they want while minimising the amount that goes to waste.

Based on our data-driven insight, collaboration with Tesco colleagues and in partnership with our suppliers, our projects make significant lasting changes to the UK’s biggest retailer. And we can really see the changes we make: as well as measuring benefits in the office, we see them in visits to our stores and throughout the Supply Chain.

The Supply Chain team is based in our Welwyn Garden City head offices. We’re made up of 3 divisions:
Supply Chain Operations,
Internal Consulting & Inbound Logistics &
Wholesale Operations.

Each division contains several specialist teams.

Supply Chain Operations
In our UK Operations team, you can make an immediate impact by partnering with:
• Growers and manufacturers to build end to end plans to deliver freshness, optimum stockholding and great availability in the most efficient way
• Internal functions to shape & deliver the business plans of the Customer & Buying teams using relevant data, collaborative forecasts & ordering to provide the right stock levels
• Store colleagues where we support the Tesco retail operation teams in delivering great availability both in the traditional shopping trip in store, but also for our online customers

Transformation & Internal Consulting
• Insight & Strategy: we use relevant data to develop strategic insight & to monitor how Tesco is performing. The information we provide informs the discussions and decisions made by the Tesco Leadership every day.
• Supplier Collaboration: we build long term relationships with our suppliers by better aligning and integrating our supply chains.
• Streamlining Operational Processes: we optimize the flow of stock through our supply chain.
• Customer Forecasts & Ordering: we support our stores by using relevant data to predict how much of each product our customers are going to want in each store. Accurate forecasts enable us to order the minimum amount of stock required to satisfy the demands of our customers. We are continually developing our ordering systems to minimise waste whilst maximising on-shelf availability.

Inbound Logistics & Wholesale Operations
• Inbound Operations: Managing the international logistics operation across our Non-Food and Food divisions.  Working closely with the world’s largest shipping lines, freight forwarders and road and rail transport providers.
• Wholesale Operations: Managing the growing wholesale export operation which supplies Tesco product to our International businesses and wholesale customers who operate in all four corners of the globe.
• Logistics Development: Working on both tactical and strategic change projects which help shape our inbound and outbound operations to best cater for the changing needs of our customers.
• Logistics Procurement: Managing the procurement of all services required to run our global logistics operation – covering large and small scale tender processes and strengthening our understanding of global trade and how this enhances our ability to procure the best services to run a world class international logistics operation.

The programme will be based in Hertfordshire. 

After your induction, you'll get hands-on experience in our stores and distribution centres and be trained in our systems and processes.

You’ll then begin a structured programme that delivers real value for our customers and is designed to give you insight into many areas.

The key deliverables we look after are:

  • Owning strategic relationships with logistics suppliers
  • Ensuring the right networks are in place to deliver great availability
  • Negotiating millions of pounds worth of logistics services
  • Operational management of 120,000 container movements and 6million KGs of airfreight per year.
  • Driving efficiencies in how we move goods through optimising our network from source to store


  • Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer and has stores/operations across Europe and Asia
  • We calculate what to order for every product for every store, every day: that’s two million orders!
  • If we stacked everything we sell in a week on their pallets, it would reach 100 times the height of the Eiffel Tower
  • Each week, Tesco sells enough lettuces that they’d stretch the entire length of the M25 (and in the Supply Chain team we need to calculate that number accurately)
  • If the temperature rises by 10C, we need to supply 300% more BBQ meat to our customers

What you need to succeed

Read through the criteria to see if this programme is the right one for you.

Do you have:

320 UCAS points

A 2:1 in any subject (with a preference for mathematics, science or engineering degrees)

An analytical approach

A practical problem solver

Ability to present complex information clearly and simply

Is able to engage and influence different types of people

Builds strong relationships with customers and suppliers

Organised, tenacious, and driven to succeed

A considerate team player

Relevant Retail/Supply Chain work experience