Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find responses for some of the most common questions we get from candidates.

When will the next programme start?

The next edition of the programme starts in July, 2017. Applications are now open.

How many people will you recruit?

In Portugal, we expect to hire 10 to 20 Management Trainees.

Can I stay in the company once the programme ends?

Yes. That is the objective. All participants of the programme are meant to stay and develop themselves professionally in the Jerónimo Martins Group, in the long term. The programme lasts one year but Management Trainees have a specific development plan during their first three years at the company. By the end of their second year they should be able to demonstrate a very good performance to assume the responsibilities of a manager from then on.

Do Management Trainees receive a salary during the programme?

Absolutely. From the very first day at the company the Management Trainees receive a very competitive salary.

For which locations are you currently hiring? For some time now I have been interested in working outside Portugal.

The programme will be held in Portugal, although we have identical programmes in Poland and Colombia. However, quite a few Management Trainees recruited in Portugal are offered the opportunity of pursuing their careers in our companies in Poland and Colombia, in the medium and long run.

Can I submit my application directly in Poland or Colombia?

Our programmes are open to foreign applicants who meet the basic eligibility criterion of speaking the local language – Polish or Spanish (minimum B2 level).

I am finishing my Masters, but I don't have my degree yet. Am I eligible?

Our selection process is expected to end by May, 2017. Many of our former Management Trainees applied to the programme while still studying. The formal eligibility requirement all candidates must meet is to have full-time availability as of July, meaning that Management Trainees can only have their Master’s Thesis to complete.

I want to pursue a career in a specific area. Could you tell me if the Management Trainee Programme includes openings and experiences in the functional area I am interested in?

This is a really important question.
Even though our core business is operations (sales), logistics and commercial, many of our former Management Trainees have built their career paths in different areas.

The idea of the programme itself is to expose its participants to various experiences in multiple functional areas across different companies in the Jerónimo Martins Group. We value people that upon joining our programme already have a clear vision of their career. However, what we witness on many occasions is that these preferences change as people develop a passion for operations, logistics, commercial, HR, finance, quality, IT or other functional areas, sometimes entirely changing their initial focus.

We are also very committed to the idea of enabling our Management Trainees to “run the business” as early as possible.
That is why many people who aim at senior roles in a determined area, still decide to start their career in an area that is considered our core-business, and build on that experience later in their professional development.

We encourage our candidates to look at their educational background as something meant to open their horizons and not limit them. The uniqueness of this programme is that it enables people to become managers and leaders and, above all, to learn and explore new things.

We will encourage Management Trainees to step out of their comfort zone. We have engineers working in marketing, and people with business degrees working in highly technical areas, usually associated with engineering degrees. Finally, we have many people with backgrounds in arts and humanities exercising diverse functions across our different businesses. This means that if your professional goal is to strictly follow your educational background, probably our programme is not the best choice for you.

I am now abroad. How can I participate in the selection process?

The early phases of the selection process are all online.

Once the application is submitted and it successfully goes through application preselection, candidates are invited to take a test and record a video-pitch, both of which can be done 100% online.

When invited for an interview, one may opt for a Skype interview.

Candidates that receive an invitation to Assessment Centre and Selecting Panels, must be available to show up in Lisbon to meet us in person (one day each). Many of our current and recent Management Trainees travelled from abroad for the advanced phases of the selection process.

At the end of the day, all depends on candidates’ motivation to join this particular programme and company.

Applications for the 2017 Management Trainee Programme are now closed. For further information please contact us to talent@jeronimo‑martins.pt