Req ID:  469

Auckland, New Zealand

Date:  21-Jun-2022

Management Trainee (Retail)

Job Description

Start your retail career journey with DFS!

Graduate Development Program (Retail) Intake 2022


DFS promises to be the world traveller's preferred destination for luxurious shopping.  We offer our customers a carefully curated selection of exceptional products from over 700 of the world's leading brands across four categories: fashion & accessories, beauty & fragrances, watches & jewelry, and wines & spirits.  DFS stores are located in some of the world's most iconic destinations - each selected for its unique appeal.


About the DFS Graduate Development Program:

The DFS Graduate Development Program provides an unparalleled opportunity for young, emerging leaders an opportunity to fast track their careers in retail through a 12-month rotation program as management trainees.

This is a perfect opportunity if you are passionate about building a retail sales management career!

The successful Management Trainee will develop their leadership skills through personalized, experiential training under the expert guidance of function managers, coaches & mentors throughout DFS.

The unique aspect of the DFS Graduate Development Program is the rotational nature where Management Trainees are given the opportunity to gain diverse exposure into Store Operations (6-months) based in Auckland, Merchandising (3-months) and Marketing (3-months) based in our Corporate head office in Hong Kong, developing them to be a versatile and agile leader.

Management Trainees are assigned with departmental responsibilities including special assignments and projects, with hands-on exposure to an extensive range of departments and categories. During these rotations, key skills are established and will anchor Management Trainees in their Retail career.

Management Trainees are groomed to assume leadership roles with global placement opportunities. Once you complete the Program, you will embark on your career at DFS T Galleria, depending on business needs, performances and individual aspiration.

This role is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Key Requirements

A successful Management Trainee will have these key competencies:

  • Career ambitious in the Retail industry;
  • Able to learn on the fly;
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills;
  • Ability to build an effective team and motivate others;
  • Service excellence.


Key Requirements:

  • Must be a New Zealand citizenship holder, or hold a valid visa that allows you to work & live in New Zealand;
  • Fresh graduates (Bachelor's degree preferred);
  • Recent graduates with less than 3 years of work experience are welcome (Minimum Pass Average attained);
  • Fluent in English. Any other second language ability is advantageous but not essential;
  • Strong passion for Retail and building a retail sales management career;
  • Must be internationally mobile;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a special sensitivity to working in a multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrated strong leadership;
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and complexity;
  • Excels in learning, with ability to learn on the fly;
  • Polished presentation skills;
  • Professional in appearance, demeanour and language;
  • Flair, confidence, creativity and a passion for customer service;
  • Flexibility to work weekends, evenings and public holidays;

DFS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Company’s policy and practice to employ, promote and treat all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency and to provide all employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination. Employment decisions are based on qualifications such as education, work experience and talent, and are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis protected by law.