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A graduate today, a leader tomorrow.

Take part in one of our two-year graduate leadership programmes or develop at your own pace in an entry-level position at any of our sites.

Our business leadership programme gives you an insight into all areas of the business. You will work together as a graduate team, taking ownership for developing and implementing business change projects that will make a genuine impact on how we do business in the future. You will develop commercial and leadership skills, all with a multi-channel approach.

Alternatively, we offer leadership programmes where you can focus your career, working on building your knowledge and leadership experience in a more specific area of the business.This includes Technology, Software Development or Finance. These programmes will also provide the opportunity to work on business change projects.

As a fast - growing business, we’re always on the look -out for new ideas and exceptional talent. That’s why we offer every graduate leadership colleague mentoring support from a member of our Executive Board of Directors.

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A personal career path with plenty of support

At Dunelm you own your career, but we support you every step of the way. Throughout the programme you’ll report to a member of our Executive Board of Directors – someone who’ll make sure you’re challenged and supported, share strategic insights with you and involve you in key business projects.

Our leadership programmes last for around two years and will help you build sound multi-channel business knowledge, as well as technical and leadership skills. You can expect:

  • Three months induction working in one of our stores, getting to know the operation and understanding the pressures that colleagues face on a daily basis;
  • To work on a number of business change projects across the two years. These will be set by our Executive Board of Directors and will be based on improving how we do business in the future;
  • To work with your peers as part of a graduate team on projects, using each other’s skills and knowledge to deliver the best solution;
  • To take part in Dunelm’s programme of leadership workshops where you will learn about yourself and your leadership style;
  • To attend four Executive Board meetings, one every six months, where you’ll present your findings from your last six months and make proposals for the future.

Max - Graduate Leadership Programme

Watch Max explain how he's been able to make a big impact in a short space of time.

"There’s one main reason why I enjoy working at Dunelm – it’s the people I work with. They’re all so interesting and different, everyone comes from different backgrounds, we’ve got people from supermarkets, straight out of university, from fashion backgrounds, from HR backgrounds so it’s a really interesting mix."

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You’ll start by spending three months in your nearest Dunelm store. This will give you important insights into the customer experience and also help you find your feet without the pressure of moving to a new area.

From there you’ll be based in our Leicester Support Centre (Software Development programme based in London), but may have the opportunity to spend time in some of our other site locations such as our London Support Centre, our Customer Service Centre in North Manchester or our Distribution Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

What happens next?

Make your application

Follow the on-screen instructions and, when you’re happy with your form, press submit.


We look through the information to assess how suitable you are for the role. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Assessment centre

If you pass initial screening, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre where you’ll meet us and other applicants. Before you come we’ll ask you to visit a store. On the day you’ll take part in a few simple exercises that help you show off your skills and decide if the role is right for you.

Final decision

Within a week, we’ll give you feedback on your performance and, with any luck, we’ll offer you a job!