Closing date for applications: September 01, 2022

About Our Graduate Training Programme – September/October 2022 start

This is a unique opportunity to be one of two people on our Graduate Programme, joining our 50 person BRC team that punches way above its weight in terms of industry impact and voice in the media and more widely. From day one, you will become part of the team and see first-hand what it’s like to work for the go-to trade association to the retail industry.

At a glance:

This is a full-time fixed term contract over 2 years and we anticipate that that we will offer you a permanent role at the end of the programme. Over the 2 years we will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally.  You will receive on the job training through rotations with our Insight, Learning and Membership teams, where you will gain skills and experience in understanding the importance of robust data and the role data plays in understanding the retail market, driving customer engagement and business development.

You will be sponsored by an executive director of the BRC and have a quarterly development review with our HR team, to check in on your learning and receive feedback on your performance.

You will gain experience in:

  • Understanding the retail market and the importance of applying data in decision making for the BRC and its members.
  • Understanding, assessing and documenting processes for market data publications.
  • Researching, understanding and reporting on retailer performance, to influence membership proposals or renewals.
  • Applying your research methods, data management, and data analysis knowledge to rich real-world data, using your analytical skills to find relationships between different types of data to create valuable insight for our teams and members.
  • Working across the business to evaluate alternative templates for reporting member engagement – including interaction with content, events, and email marketing.
  • Conducting data cleansing exercises to identify gaps or errors in data, using third party sources to enrich our data to enable profiling and segmentations of our customers.
  • Creating reports and dashboards for colleagues helping the business to make more effective decisions.
  • Using digital tools to drive member value: Webinars (Livestorm), podcasts (Zoom, Descript and Audioboom), Customer Relationship Management (Microsoft Dynamics), Content Management (Umbraco), Analytics (PowerBI).
  • Supporting the growth the newest part of our business (Learning) by using CRM data and analytics to drive sales and marketing.
  • Increasing customer engagement through social media marketing and on the website through organic SEO.
  • Large scale project management by supporting the organisation and running of the BRC’s flagship leadership development programme.

About you

We’re looking for graduates who are enthusiastic to learn and be a contributing part of a team, acting with curiosity, courage, pride, purpose and ownership. And who have:

  • A 2:1 degree in a STEM subject, Business, Data Science or Analytics – or an equivalent degree with a significant quantitative component.
  • A passion for working with and understanding data and the benefit of its application.
  • An analytical mind and problem-solving skills. 
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Technical skills in MS suite including Excel and PowerPoint. PowerBI, Python and R an advantage but not essential. Skills development is included in the programme.

What’s in it for you

  • Planned training and investment in your development – in both technical and management development skills.
  • Mentoring, feedback and learning through your support network.
  • Valuable experience working in one of the most important industries in the UK.
  • Flexible working in a fast-paced environment, with flexible start and finish times around our core hours of 10am to 4pm. Our hybrid ways of working policy means that you have the choice to work from home or in the office depending on the job in-hand.
  • A competitive starting salary of £24,000 to £26,500 per annum with annual reviews and a generous day-one access benefits package, including Private Healthcare, Dental Plan, Pension, Medicash, interest-free travel loan, and salary-sacrifice schemes.

The BRC encourages applications from all backgrounds and communities and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our team. If you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements for the recruitment process or the role, please let us know and we will be happy to discuss.

About the BRC

Retail is an exciting, dynamic and diverse industry. It is a driving force in our economy, a hotbed of innovation and the UK’s largest private sector employer. Retailers touch the lives of millions of people every day, supporting the vibrancy of the communities they operate in.

As the go-to trade association for UK retail businesses, the BRC’s purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future. We tell the story of retail, work with our members to drive positive change and use our expertise and influence to create an economic and policy environment that enables retail businesses to thrive and consumers to benefit.

We do this in a way that delivers value back to our members, justifying their investment in the BRC. This membership comprises over 200 major retailers - whether operating physical stores, multichannel or pureplay online - plus thousands of smaller, independent retailers through smaller retail Trade Associations that are themselves members of BRC.

The industry is going through a period of profound change, with technology transforming how people shop, costs increasing, and growth in consumer spending slowing. We are committed to ensuring the industry thrives through this period of transformation.

Over the coming year, our ‘Today agenda’ will focus on the issues affecting the here and now as the fallout from the cost-of-living crisis and supply chain disruption continues. We will also be working on our collaborative ‘Change Programmes’. Our D&I Charter aims to improve senior level diversity across retail, our Climate Action Roadmap is galvanising and accelerating the industry’s commitment to deliver net zero by 2040 and developing digital capability is an objective for every retail business.

BRC values:

Our values represent the spirit and ethos of our business.  They drive actions and behaviours and encompass how we go about our engaging with each other and our stakeholders: 

WELCOMING:           We are open, approachable, respectful and responsive

COLLABORATIVE:     We communicate openly and work together effectively with members and colleagues

PASSIONATE:            We are proud to represent the retail industry and consistently strive to improve

VISIONARY:              We look forward, adapt, and continually seek new opportunities and ideas

TRUSTED:                 We constantly deliver value to our industry and make things happen in the right way

 We Continually Provide Value Together


Application Process:

If you are interested in finding out more, or to apply please contact Charlotte Hughes, HR Advisor at with a copy of your CV and an outline of why you would like to be considered for this role.

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2022, however we may begin interviewing early so please don’t wait!

We endeavour to respond to every application, however, occasionally due to the number of applications we receive it may take us longer than we would originally hope to get back to you. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.