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L'Oréal is the world's largest cosmetics company, headquartered in Clichy, France.

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The L'Oréal Group is a French cosmetics and beauty company, headquartered in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine. It is the world's largest cosmetics company, and has a registered office in Paris. It has developed activities in the field of cosmetics, concentrating on hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfumes and hair care, the company is active in the dermatology, toxicology, tissue engineering, and biopharmaceutical research fields and is the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.

Your Career

What to expect

L'Oréal's graduate programme (Management Trainee Scheme) is not an easy option. Expectations will be high, the pace can be intense and responsibility will be immediate. It will give you real work, and you'll be expected to start delivering for the business almost straightaway.

The level of responsibility will be unparalleled, and you'll learn like never before. You'll be surrounded and supported by like-minded people who genuinely want you to succeed. Because L'Oreal knows that the boldest ambitions are best achieved together.

Its one year Management Training Scheme (which has intakes in October, February or June) offers diverse roles across Commercial, Marketing, Supply Chain / Operations and Finance. Whichever you choose, you'll undertake three placements across the business, each of which will be supported by an assigned HR Sponsor. As you go through the programme, you'll work on different products and markets, taking on all kinds of fascinating, high profile challenges. But one thing will never change - the work you do will be meaningful, and it'll be noticed.


You'll work alongside, and learn directly from, some of the best sales people and strategic thinkers in the industry. You could find yourself working on any of L'Oreal's brands, on any of its accounts - meeting clients and monitoring sales, identifying new business opportunities and drafting product promotions. The projects you do will actively increase our share of its dynamic markets.

Here are just a few of the challenges L'Oreal's current commercial graduates have taken on recently:

  • Heading up a £4 million account for L'Oréal Professionnel, its biggest salon brand
  • Development of an interactive in store event for Kiehl's retail staff to drive like for like sales
  • Running of projects improving the online user experience of the 10 eCommerce sites at The Body Shop International generating £50m+ in annual revenue.
  • Taking ownership of a key project to grow Garnier's market share in over 20 top supermarkets


In an industry where image is everything, marketing could not be more crucial. Every year, it launches hundreds of new products into some of the most fiercely contested markets in the world. Working across any of L'Oreal's global brands, you'll help make the impact it needs. You'll learn about marketing from the best in the business - working with external agencies and teams throughout L'Oréal, while staying focused on the performance of your brands and its competitors.

  • Working with creative agencies and key retailers to launch Diesel 'Only the Brave' - its biggest ever fragrance launch in the UK
  • Designing and producing promotional materials that were sent out to 3,000 salons to raise awareness for the launch of Pureology, a new organic salon brand
  • Writing new product concepts, and working with R&D, packaging and other operational teams to develop final products for The Body Shop International
  • Working on a recycling programme for Kiehl's in Australia that rewarded customers who brought back their empty bottles with new products

Supply Chain / Operations

Supply chain / operations is the heartbeat of L'Oréal. It's here that the 4.6 billion units it produces each year hit the right shelves, at the right price, at the right time.

Joining a truly global operation, you'll quickly learn about L'Oreal's vital supply chain / operations processes. And you won't be here to watch and admire - you'll be here to contribute. You'll get to work with marketing and commercial teams to forecast the potential of its products, and liaise with its factories across Europe to deliver outstanding service to customers. And if you ever see a way to do reduce costs or improve processes, it will listen.

Here are just a few of the challenges L'Oreal's current supply / operations chain graduates have taken on recently:

  • Working with one of the UK's biggest retailers to improve supply chain / operations distribution
  • Leading finished good tenders and value reengineering projects at The Body Shop International
  • Collaborating with L'Oreal's factories across Europe, and its international teams in Paris, to coordinate some of its most exciting brand launches
  • Working as a Team Leader, taking responsibility for the day-to-day management of a section of its Manchester Distribution Centre


Finance is where some of L'Oreal's biggest decisions get made - decisions that ensure the continued growth and profitability of its brands and its business. You'll be making them almost straightaway.

Each of L'Oreal's global brands has its own finance team, and you could find yourself working in any one of them. Wherever you are, you'll work closely with the rest of the business to steer its operational and strategic performance by ensuring sound financial control. But this is no standard accountancy role - there's a keenly results-driven element to this, and you'll be working in a fascinatingly dynamic market. After all, here are just a few of the challenges L'Oreal's current finance graduates have taken on recently:

  • Researching and planning a strategy on how to save costs in paying suppliers, and then presenting it to senior management for company-wide rollout
  • Managing a £2.5m budget for one of L'Oreal's biggest brands
  • Forecasting and presenting a new trend to L'Oreal's finance director for its pre-budget meeting in Paris



Life assurance and a contributory pension scheme


Discounted dental scheme

Free Zumba, yoga and dance classes

Discounted gym membership and sports teams

Private Medical Insurance


Discounted products from our staff shop


Paid volunteer days


Alongside on the job learning, setting yourself stretching goals and taking ownership of strategic projects, you will be supported by a considered selection of training modules. You will also have access to a number of appealing company benefits, which complement L'Oreal's fun, friendly and extremely sociable working environment.

Training and Development

The best way to learn at L'Oreal is hands-on - picking up skills and experience as you tackle live projects. As an Industrial Placement or Summer Intern you are also assigned a Graduate Buddy to support your transition and open up internal networks. Likewise, Management Trainees are partnered to a Business Mentor as they move off the scheme into their operational roles.

The Learning for Development team and your committed HR contacts compliment your on the job learning with a number of other training opportunities. Some events are targeted specifically at Management Trainees, whilst others are specific to Industrial Placement Students and Summer Interns.

Here are some of the highlights of L'Oreal's Training & Development programme:

Discovery Induction
You'll spend around two days discovering all about L'Oreal's history and heritage, its brands, its culture, its networking opportunities and its social activity. Also, HR will provide an overview of the programme ahead.

Exposure to... days
To broaden your understanding of L'Oreal's business at every level, you?ll visit the Body Shop HQ, one of its regional Distribution Centres and its Consumer Affairs Department.

Graduate Training Tracks
These are regularly held core-training modules, which focus on key abilities like priority and time management, as well as presentation skills.

Rotational Snapshots
Held at the end of each rotation, the Rotational Snapshots is an information sharing event between Management Trainees. Each individual presents for 3 minutes, covering (1) the key responsibilities, (2) key achievements and (3) biggest challenges of the rotation they are about to move on from. L'Oreal encourages a dynamic approach and have previously had poems and quizzes! Not only do graduates to get to learn about the different roles that are available, but they also get hints and tips from each other on how to approach their next rotations. It is also opened by a senior colleague from the company, and closed with refreshments and networking.

Divisional Welcomes
These breakfast meetings are held shortly after the Management Trainees change rotation, and offer the opportunity to meet senior leaders, get their advice and draw upon their experience.

Community Events
As a L'Oréal employee you are able to take one day a year in order to commit time to a charitable cause. In addition to this, Management Trainees and Industrial Placement Students often volunteer in the local area throughout Citizenship Week.

Intern Committee
Run by, and for, Industrial Placement Students and Summer Interns, the Intern Committee is supported by HR to drive and implement various activities. This includes sports teams, social events and newsletters to name a few. The Intern Committee are selected during the Discovery Induction, with those interested pitching to their peers for the various roles available.

Working here certainly is challenging. Lots of things change, and you have to adapt. When you start a new job role, you can often be thrown in at the deep end. It really tests you, and forces you to learn a lot quicker than you otherwise would. I find that really exciting. And there are always loads of people there to support and help if you do have any questions.