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Louise
I started with Decathlon back in 2011 when I finished studying Business at Swansea University, I...

I started with Decathlon back in 2011 when I finished studying Business at Swansea University, I knew from the interview this was the company for me! Sport, travel and responsibility – This was everything I was looking for in a job.

I started as a Department Manager of the Water Sports Department in the UK Campus store in London. Since then Decathlon has given me various opportunities to grow. In the past 8 years I have had 7 different jobs, lived in 5 different cities and travelled to 6 countries.

If you work hard all Decathlon doors are open to you! It sounds cliché but every day is different and you will never get bored. What's the best thing about Decathlon you ask? It is, without a doubt, the people. Like minded people coming together from all over the world to work and play hard. I am not sure what my next steps in my career are but I am sure they are with Decathlon. 

If you are ambitious, love sports and love working with passionate people, why don't you join us?

Nicky
I joined Decathlon because it wasn’t just a job. It was a job with prospects and the...

I joined Decathlon because it wasn’t just a job. It was a job with prospects and the opportunity for a career in management and retail and also the potential opportunity to work abroad as Decathlon was starting to open in other Asian and European markets. Sport has always been a big part of my life and I wanted to lead and work with a team. I had some experience in retail from the past and I was able to combine my passion of sport with my job.

I have had the opportunity over the past 8 years to help so many different people grow in the company. I often meet people in their first few days with us and they are sometimes a bit overwhelmed. Amazingly, you then see them progress and develop and really start to make a difference. This is what I love. I also love that the job varies a lot and you're not always stuck doing the same thing over and over again from day to day. It’s definitely not a 9 to 5!

The highlight though has to be being part of the team which opened the first store in Australia. The road to opening the store was far from smooth, but to see so many people come through the doors in the first few days and hearing so many positive comments about the store, the team and the products was simply amazing.

Nicky
Supply Chain Expert & Hiking Sport Leader
Decathlon Australia

David
My retail experience started in Boots during my A-levels and at University and I really liked the...
My retail experience started in Boots during my A-levels and at University and I really liked the environment. Lots of interaction, no desk… but Decathlon had the added benefits of being a international sports company so the possibility to work with something I was passionate about and with opportunities to progress was something I couldn’t ignore.
 
I’ve progressed from Department Manager in Sheffield to Store Manager through to Commercial Director and now I’m based in the south of France working for our Scuba Diving brand, Subea.
 
There’s a bit of a special mentality with Decathlon. Lots of people who love sport building a sports company. It’s a great mix of young and not so young so there is always plenty going on.  As for today it's the 19th September and 24 degrees outside and I've already been walking in the Pyrenees with the dog this morning and done an hour on the bike.
 
Decathlon's a great place for the open minded, hard working and resilient. If you’re ambitious, love sport, love people and want an international career then there are not a lot of other companies that offer as much. It has been awarded the #1 place to work in France for the past two years and I can honestly say I'm extremely happy both at work and home.
 
I do love the Christmas parties too. Glasgow was probably the best, acting out our favourite films in a sports store. From Rocky to Cool Runnings via ET, complete with flying bicycle.
 
Completing the 3 peaks challenge with my team was another great moment even if our outdoor training instructor had to stop after Ben Nevis. Or working as a Product Trainer (trained in the Alps and delivering in the Peak District)...  I should probably mention meeting my wife as a highlight at some point…?
 
I've been working with Decathlon for 15 years and I've probably got another 25+ before I retire so I'm just going to continue to do my bit to help make excellent, affordable sports products. I would like in the future to come back to the UK to work again in retail as opposed to product development but also Canada and Australia are areas I have my eye on for the future.
 
David
Retail Supplier
Danny
My Decathlon journey started back in 2006, working Part Time as a Sports Advisor in my local store...

My Decathlon journey started back in 2006, working Part Time as a Sports Advisor in my local store in Stockport. I had friends working there and I love sport so I thought ‘why not’?

I never imagined what would unfold over the next 12 years and where I could take myself with this company.

I’ve been a Department Manager, Operations Manager, Store Manager (for both the biggest stores in the UK and Australia) and now I’m the Operations Leader for Decathlon Australia focussed on making sport accessible in a new country for us.

Opening the first store in Australia (Tempe, Sydney) has to be my favourite moment so far. A new city, country and continent for the company, the opening day and the full experience of the opening process will stay with me for the rest of my life. Everything about 2017 was incredible, but every day is a new start line and an opportunity to make new memories. My aim for the future is to continue to grow as a person and help others take the means to create their own journeys as I have done.

Decathlon has always offered me a high level of responsibility from day 1 and an incredible team to help me take that responsibility. I’ve always been encouraged to take risks and I would definitely recommend any new starters to do the same. Take risks, lots of them, ask advice, lots of it and make decisions, lots and lots of decisions, together.

Danny
Operations Leader, Decathlon Australia.

Ben
Decathlon is a really great company if you are the type of person who will take initiative. We don...

Decathlon is a really great company if you are the type of person who will take initiative. We don't have a classic 'Graduate Scheme' or 'Talent Path', but if you want something and are willing to work for it Decathlon is a fantastic place to be.

I started back in 2007 as a Department Manager in Stockport. I love sport and I wanted some experience in management so I applied. Since then I’ve had an amazingly varied career including being Store Manager of the store I started in, being the National Market Manager for my passion sport (Football) and most recently leading our transformation in the UK from a management hierarchy towards a network, promoting coaching and self management and development.

It’s this coaching role that has allowed me to travel all over the world having been asked to train other teammates in places like Russia, Australia and Hong Kong. I love team meetings, meeting new faces, playing sport together (and quite often having a few drinks together….)

The variety of my role is what I love the most. Today I have three separate jobs really and of course time management can be tough, but I actually get the pleasure of living three different experiences.

Looking to the future I would like to have maybe one more project linked to the commerce of the business and then potentially a long term look at how Decathlon UK can do more in the communities. Helping increase sport participation with children, reduce plastic, help with homelessness etc. I think what sets Decathlon apart is its values and in my view we can do more on this front.

Ben
UK Coaching Leader

Gareth
I joined Decathlon back in 2011, straight from University. When researching the company, it seemed...

I joined Decathlon back in 2011, straight from University. When researching the company, it seemed to put a big emphasis on two topics; People and Sport. These two subjects were very simple but quite powerful. The company also talked about trainings and international opportunities. It seemed more interesting than heading straight into an office job.

The company has certainly delivered on both fronts. I have been lucky enough to visit over twenty countries and work in three during my time in the company. It is incredible how Decathlon keeps it’s brand personality and values in people everywhere you go.

This has been particularly clear to me during the last three years in Hong Kong where with just three others I have had the challenge to build the first Decathlon project. We are now over two hundred teammates and I have seen first-hand the positive impact we have had on the lives of local HK teammates.

The same goes for me. I’ve grown up with Decathlon and I do trust that it will keep helping me to grow and develop. I don’t have a particular role or goal in mind for the future and I am comfortable not knowing. Decathlon and the retail market is changing so much at the moment that it is hard to predict, but I am confident there are more fun challenges coming my way soon.

Gareth
Human Leader, Decathlon Hong Kong.

Kate
I can honestly say that I’m never bored here. I am in an environment where I can learn and...

I can honestly say that I’m never bored here. I am in an environment where I can learn and grow, I can put myself in different situations which are quite often out of my comfort zone and in which I feel challenged. The energy at work matches mine, it never stops and the fact that I am trusted to take decisions and to have real responsibility continues to give me energy every day.

I have felt this ever since 2005 when I started as a Sports Advisor. I worked hard and became Store Manager, Regional Manager and now Training and Development Leader for the country. It is this possibility to grow that has been made me stay for over 13 years. The fact I can do it alongside my sporting passion while starting my own family is just amazing.

My favourite moment so far has been introducing myself to the Sheffield team as the new Store Manager. I am proud that many of the people I recruited in that team have gone on to have lived the same experiences as Store Manager and more. I believe that recruiting people better than ourselves is one of the best practices of Decathlon.

Recruiting and developing people has always been my passion and I want to continue to work on projects which can serve both teammates and customers. To answer needs in the areas I feel I am good at, to support to company and it's heart - people- going forward.

Kate
Training and Development Leader

 

Kornel
I joined Decathlon on 29th October 2004, I remember the date exactly! My background was in swimming...

I joined Decathlon on 29th October 2004, I remember the date exactly! My background was in swimming which I did competitively for 11 years before injury forced me to look at a different career choice. After a spell as a PE teacher I wanted to learn how to develop a business so I decided to join Decathlon as it matched my passion and my curiosity.

It turned out to be a great decision! Fast forward 14 years and I am now the UK Sport Leader for Swimming where I work closely with our swimming brand, implementing and promoting their range in the UK. I would really like to help them to develop new and innovative swimming goggles. Being able to work on my passion and meet like minded people each day means that I really do love what I do.

I also love to watching how people can transform in Decathlon. Some can start as quiet and shy, but end up being strong profiles, driving our business forward.

My advice to anyone starting in the company would be to try to gain as much experience as you can from any role you do during your career, even if isn't your preferred one. I’ve covered so many roles from retail to logistics to ecommerce and the experience I’ve gained from each one is definitely helping me today and I am sure will help me in my future projects too.