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Graduate Opportunities

Graduate Opportunities

Recently finished university and wondering what to do next?

At Decathlon we have an abundance of opportunities for you to kick start your active career. Do you see yourself running a multi million pound department in one of our UK stores? Or, do you think that your logistical flair can help us to run a tight ship in our Logistics Center in Northampton? 

Either way, there is a place for you on our team, take Josh for instance. 

Josh’s Journey

“Hi, I’m Josh and my favourite sport is Rugby!

I started my Decathlon journey in 2012 as a Department Manager in the Nottingham store. After 3 months of training I took on the Mountain Sports department where I led a team of 6 Sports Advisors. The best part of this role was gaining a real understanding of my customer’s needs and how to make the right commercial decisions to make them happy.

In 2013 I moved to the Lakeside store where I took on the role of Operations and Customer Services Manager. In this position I took responsibility for both health & safety and efficiency around store. Here, I developed a passion for promoting excellent customer service and with my team of 12 Customer Service Advisors, we worked together to implement new strategies to please our local customers. On top of this, I also put myself forward to lead a national strategy to boost security and stock accuracy in stores. I had a lot on my plate but it encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone.

A short time later,  I moved back to Nottingham to become the Store Manager, my dream job! It is here where I truly learned how to manage a multi million pound business. In 2017, with the help from my amazing team, I project managed a large store refurbishment. More recently and alongside my role as Store Manager, I deliver national trainings on recruitment and also lead the national marketing strategy for my passion, Rugby.

Throughout my time at Decathlon I have had the fortune to travel to different countries including France, Spain and Turkey. I have had the freedom from day one to grab every opportunity that takes my interest and more importantly, I have made the best connections with my teammates mainly through playing sport together and celebrating our continued success”.

Joshua Gutteridge
(BSc) Sports and Exercise Sciences - Leeds Beckett University

What Role is for me?

Department Manager

So you may have got the gist already, you must love sport to join the team. If you have that box ticked, along with a keen eye to make business, becoming a Department Manager might be the best step for you after University.

What can I expect?

In your first few months we will give you all the tools and training to learn the fundamentals of our business model. It is here where you will get stuck in and work with your teammates to provide the best sporting offer for our customers. Once you have covered the basics, that is where you will learn how to manage your team and your business. However, you will not be alone, with the help from your coach you will begin to take charge of your own development.

Much like Josh, you will have the freedom to shape your own path in the company. The ball is always in your court, what shot will you take next?

Logistics Manager

So, along with your love for sport and your keen eye for logic and operations, becoming a Logistics Manager could be the best decision that you have ever made.

What can I expect?

Within your first few months you will be given all the tools and training to learn the fundamentals of our logistics sector. You can expect to:

  • Gain hands on experience of how our goods flow through our Logistics Center and onto our UK stores.
  • Develop new systems with your team to ensure that our customers receive their products in the quickest possible time.
  • Establish a firm grip of the operational and people management skills needed to run a smooth Logistics Department.
  • Lead a team of 15-20 people who will all look to you for guidance and coaching.

But, don’t worry, with the help from your coach you will gain the confidence and skills to be able to tackle your responsibilities head on.

Once you have an understanding of our logistics and distribution sector, your opportunities are endless. From day one you will have the freedom to grab any opportunity that comes your way, all you have to do is make your mark!