Type of Organisation

Retail, Sales and Consumer Goods.

Employer Profile

Coles is one of Australia’s major retailers, providing fresh food, groceries, general

merchandise, liquor, financial services and fuel to millions of customers every week.

Across Australia Coles employs more than 102,000 team members and services

over 21 million customers each week at its 2,400 sites, which include supermarkets,

convenience stores, liquor stores and hotels.


Coles is proudly Australian, with a heritage dating back to 1914 and is committed to

helping Australia grow. Working towards a sustainable future, Coles forms long lasting

relationships with suppliers and supports local jobs throughout Australia.


The Coles Graduate program is an accelerated leadership development program, offering exciting, rewarding opportunities with real responsibility and accountability. Coles offers two, two-year graduate programs in Operations or Store Support Centre. Graduates can choose between a corporate role based in our head office in Melbourne within any of 17 business functions or take up an operational position in our Supermarkets, Distribution Centers or Coles Express sites across Australia.

Locations where there are vacancies for graduates

The Coles Operations Graduate Program has positions available nationally.


The Coles Support Centre Graduate Program is based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne.

Residency requirements for Graduates wishing to apply

Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


Roles available for Graduates 

The Coles Store Support Graduate Program offers opportunities in all 17 business functions: Buying & Trading, Central Operations, Coles Express, Corporate Affairs, Digital, Finance, People & Culture, Legal, Liquor, Marketing, Network Planning, Procurement, Product Development, Product Technology & Development, Property, Strategy, Supply Chain The Coles Operations Graduate Program feeds into Senior Operational Leadership Positions within Coles Supermarkets, Coles Express and Distribution Centres upon completion of the program.

Degree Subjects Required for Graduates wishing to apply

Store Support Program Stream - You must have completed a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Operations Graduate Stream – You must have completed a minimum of a Diploma qualification in any discipline.

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Comments from Current Graduates

All of the comments below are anonymously written by current graduates. 

Lots of exposure to senior leaders, the job puts you in the position to make decisions and influence others.​

The support network and culture of Coles, the ability to be flexible with work hours, promotion of worklife balance and most importantly the accelerated aspect of the program - that is career progression and opportunities available to us.


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