In recent years, our International business has boomed. We now have over 200 overseas sites, with many more in the pipeline. You’ll find us at airports, stations, hospitals and shopping malls all over the world, with stores run directly, through joint ventures or via ‘Franchise Partnership’ models. It’s an exciting part of the company that’s very much open to growth. That makes it a great option for ambitious, go-getting folk.
The International team is based in our Travel Head Office in London. Here, they provide UK-based support for WHSmith stores around the globe. This involves getting the best from suppliers and using our brand and scale to secure the very best deals. The team also maintains relationships with a range of different stakeholders. They include franchisees, partners and wholesalers, based in the UK and abroad. Strong connections give us the best chance of scoping, negotiating and delivering new store opportunities.
The development process is another key task for the team. Our experts make sure it always goes smoothly, from market due diligence to the acquisition of retail sites. Challenges such as this – plus the fast-changing environment – mean our people have to be hard working and extremely motivated. Want to join us? Strong commercial acumen and a love of results will certainly help you thrive. Natural people skills will also go a long way to helping you make an impact. With the chance to travel abroad to work with our international partners, who knows where you could land next?