Kingfisher plc is Europe's largest home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world, with over 1,050 stores, 79,000 employees in ten countries in Europe and Asia, and nearly six million customers shop in our stores every week.Our purpose is to make it easier for people to have better and more sustainable homes. By providing our customers with project advice and new shopping channels to complement our stores, we will make it easier for them to adapt their homes to their evolving needs. Our shorthand for describing this purpose is "Better Homes, Better Lives".
Join us at Kingfisher and be part of an extremely diverse business. With stores and head offices in ten countries across Europe and Asia, and sourcing offices in places as far-flung as Vietnam, India and Brazil, it's vital that we're well connected. To enable global collaboration, we've established intelligent networks for our colleagues to interact, share ideas and move easily around the Group, so that knowledge and talent can be placed where it makes the biggest difference.
We offer an international graduate programme which give you the opportunity to work within the Commercial teams of two of our Operating Companies, in two different countries in Europe. We are looking for graduates who are internationally mobile, business-minded and eager to be stretched and challenged.
We also offer an IT Graduate Programme, which will give you the opportunity to rotate across various functions within Kingfisher IT Services, build your knowledge, network across the Group and contribute to projects critical to the growth of the Group.
Joining one of our commercial programmes will set you up for a successful career in a fast paced and exciting retail company.
In the UK, B&Q is the leading DIY and garden centre retailer and is nearly twice the size of its nearest competitor. Its 360 stores offer around 40,000 inspirational home improvement and garden products for the homemaker, occasional to serious DIY'er, and trade professionals.
In China, B&Q is the market leader and one of the largest Western retailers in the country with 39 stores. From the opening of its first store in China in 1999 B&Q has developed a strong brand awareness, whilst developing innovative services for customers.
Castorama is the market leader in Poland with over 70 stores. The Castorama stores are particularly strong in 'harder' DIY products.
The first Castorama store opened in Samara, Russia in 2006. There are now 20 stores across Russia in cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg, and the larger stores stock around 25,000 products for the home and garden.
Screwfix is the UK's largest direct and online supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products, dispatching thousands of parcels every week for next day and weekend delivery to tradesmen, handymen and serious DIY enthusiasts all over the UK.Screwfix also operates 359 Trade Counters across the UK which have over 13,000 items in stock, available for immediate collection.
Data correct as of 2 August 2014
In October 2012 we officially launched a new corporate responsibility plan called 'Kingfisher Net Positive'. It commits us to a new challenge: to go beyond sustainability, to no longer strive for neutrality but to seek to make a positive contribution to the world's future. Our philosophy is that we should eventually be able to put more back than we take out - to be 'net positive' - in the course of our operations.
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