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Candidate Profile

Getting in the Programme is a tough challenge. Either applying from Portugal, Poland or Colombia, you’ll face seriously motivated candidates who will compete with you.

Each country receives thousands of applications from highly talented graduate students from all fields of study. Out of this pool, and over the course of a 5-stage selection process, the best candidates will be selected.

Applications for the 2020 edition are cancelled

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the OMT Programme is cancelled. At this moment, our priority is to protect the health and safety of our people and candidates. We count on your understanding.

Here are some tips to know if you have what it takes

Our Programme offers a unique chance of professional development for the best graduates, which should have the following characteristics:

A relevant Master’s Degree (Pregrado in Colombia) from a renowned university, in any field of expertise ranging from Business, Science, Technology, Engineering to Arts and Humanities. The ability to demonstrate a solid academic track-record is a must.
We seek people that were active while studying, through internship programmes, voluntary work or engagement in various organisations. The candidates must not have more than 2 years of professional experience following their graduation.
Integrating one of our local programmes, you need to be able to speak the local language (Portuguese, Spanish or Polish) at a native level. The minimum requirement is B2 (European scale). On a daily basis you will need to dive-in in our stores and Distribution Centres to learn all about our business through a hands-on experience.
Being an international Group, we expect our candidates to be able to use English at an advanced level. The minimum requirement is B2 (European scale). Several phases of the recruitment process are conducted in English.
We value intercultural competence through an international student exchange (e.g. Erasmus) or work-and-travel experience outside their home country.
Considering the geographically dispersed structure of our business, the candidates are expected to be available for relocation countrywide and among countries to meet their development challenges during the programme as well as upon its completion.
Dynamism, curiosity and ability to swiftly learn every single day, by participating in challenging projects, to make tough choices and to take responsible decisions. Eagerness to always reach for more, resilience and a passion for achievement.
The best candidates think of their careers in the long-term, understanding that flexibility is one of the forces driving today’s working environment and are, therefore, able to work across different functions, with different people and locations.
Our full-time Programme is only available to graduates with a Master’s degree (Pregrado in Colombia) completed or nearing completion.

What our Trainees have to say

Here are some testimonies from Malgorzata, Alejandro and Pedro about their experience in the Programme.

Małgorzata Konopka

Management Trainee 2017, University of Warsaw

“The Management Programme essentially provided me with the tools to comprehensively understand the retail business in a very short time frame. Having worked with people from multidisciplinary backgrounds in various organisational departments, I have been able to acquire broad knowledge in the field, adopt a forward-looking approach and gain a greater perspective on how all critical functional areas fit together in the business. In addition, I met plenty of inspiring people, who certainly made this intensive and challenging time much more valuable.”

Alejandro Gutiérrez Lopez

Management Trainee 2016, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

“I definitely think I could not have started better my professional career as I did it with the Management Trainee Programme. The Jerónimo Martins Group is a family who provides you with all the tools required to develop you in a professional way but also in a personal way while you contribute with the growth of the Group! It is definitely one of the best experiences in my life.”


Management Trainee 2016, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

“Entering Jerónimo Martins as a trainee was the best professional decision that I’ve ever made. Since day one, I got to learn this industry from scratch with the very best, pushing myself further while out of my comfort zone. This made me improve as a professional and as person – and that’s a big part of what JM is all about.”

Want to know more about the programme?

About the Programme

Find out in detail the different steps and development challenges of the Operations Management Trainee Programme.

Application process

Find out what you need to do in order to become an Operations Management Trainee.