550 jobs at Leeds John Lewis

550 jobs at Leeds John Lewis

John Lewis has announced 550 job opportunities at its new store opening at Leeds' Victoria Gate.

Both full and part-time positions are available, ranging from customer service and shop floor assistants, to specialists roles including carpet fitters, beauty therapists and personal stylists.

The new Leeds store, which represents a £37m investment in the city, is expected to be the retailer’s most service-led shop when it opens in autumn 2016, offering over 30 different services to customers including the &Beauty spa, a foreign exchange and home design service.

The recruitment drive forms part of John Lewis’s ongoing commitment to the city, having signed an employment charter with Hammerson and Leeds City Council, marking their pledge to support Leeds residents to access more than 1,000 new employment opportunities collectively. 

James Prince, head of branch at John Lewis Leeds, said: “Having lived in the city for the past four years, it means a lot to me to be able to offer jobs at John Lewis Leeds to local people.

“There are some brilliant, talented individuals in the region and I’m looking forward to meeting enthusiastic and dedicated future Partners and hopefully welcoming them to become a part of our team.”

As part of John Lewis’s Partnership structure, successful job applicants will become partners and co-owners of the business and will receive a host of benefits including an annual bonus, access to holiday and leisure facilities, education and career development support.

Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central and Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: “This is an exciting development for Leeds and a striking building.

“It is bringing a large number of jobs to the city centre, and we all look forward to John Lewis opening. I hope that as many people as possible from Leeds will apply for the wide range of jobs available.”