MECCA Brands Graduate Program

The MECCA Graduate Program

Is your future with us?

The MECCA Brands Graduate Program is an accelerated, all-access, 2-year journey through our fast-growing business and it’s one of the paths through which we grow our future leaders. We are looking for highly driven, curious and innovative Graduates who aren’t afraid to dream big and challenge the rules. Whatever your academic background, you will find opportunities within our Graduate program to drive change, innovate and go places!

Applications for the 2020 MECCA Brands Graduate Program are now closed. Watch this space in February 2020, when we will open applications for the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program.

The highlights

The highlights

Our Graduate program is a 2-year accelerated journey through our business, based out of our Support Centre in Melbourne. Through bespoke 6-month rotations in up to 4 different departments, you will be exposed to a curated mix of creative and business-oriented projects. You will also receive support, training and mentoring from a range of inspirational leaders at MECCA, including your coach and line manager in each rotation. At the conclusion of the program, you will be primed to stay on and hopefully become our future MECCA leaders and game changers.


Choose your future

While your friends may be sitting in a stuffy corporate office doing repetitive work, at MECCA Brands you’ll be going places! You could be…

  • Designing our next generation of stores
  • Developing new products
  • Working on new brand launches
  • Creating our next digital campaign
  • Developing our next modules of leadership training
  • Solving an inventory problem across a network of 100 stores
  • Integrating and implementing new software throughout MECCA stores, the Support Centre or our warehouse
  • Preparing a business case for a major investment
  • Conceiving our next eCommerce feature
Rotations in creative and business-oriented departments
First class training and development, in an environment where boldness and innovation are valued

First class training & development

The first week of our Graduate program is dedicated to formal learning and development, to equip you with the skills to excel at MECCA Brands right from the start. We also provide you with a wide range of continual support and training throughout the program, including:

  • Pairing you with a coach and buddy to mentor, guide and support you
  • Workshops between rotations, with cross-functional Graduate team projects
  • Regular presentations by inspiring speakers from all around the world
  • Leadership, brand and core skills training

All this in a non-conformist and evolving environment where ideas and innovation are valued from all team members.


Be a part of Australia’s #5 Best Place to Work

Okay, let’s get real. As a Graduate, you’re going to be spending around 40 hours each week at work. So why not make those 40 hours as inspiring, rewarding and fun as possible? That’s exactly what we try to do each and every day here at MECCA. We build joy, hustle, celebration and fun into everyday life in our Support Centre. And we’re so thrilled that we were officially crowned as the #5 Best Place to Work across all of Australia, making us the only retailer in the top 5 and placing us in the list for the fifth consecutive year!

Be a part of Australia’s #2 Best Place to Work
The benefits!

The benefits!

Okay, we hear you - get to the good stuff! As one of our Graduates, you will receive:

  • 40% discount on all products sold in our stores
  • A quarterly product allowance earned by spending time in our stores, in our distribution centre and at special events
  • The opportunity to be involved in major events in the MECCA calendar, like MECCALAND and Melbourne Fashion Week
  • Invitations to lunches with amazing speakers like Peggy O’Neal, Jane Tewson, Tiernan Brady, Dr Tererai Trent and Kristina Karlsson
  • Consideration for our Jo Horgan values award program, which celebrates 3 lucky winners each year who are treated to a career enriching overseas development trip
  • Complimentary yoga and group fitness sessions
  • Regular social events, food trucks, ice-cream stalls and coffee carts (#melbourne)

The nitty gritty

Key dates for the 2020 program

  • 11 February 2019 at 10:00 am  – Applications open
  • 22 March 2019 – Come meet us at the Big Meet in Melbourne
  • 29 March 2019 at 4:00 pm – Applications close
  • Mid April 2019 – If you are selected, complete a short video interview and some online activities
  • Late April/early May 2019 – If you make it to the next round, participate in our Graduate Recruitment Forum in Melbourne
  • By mid-May 2019 – Offers made and finalised
  • Summer of 2019/2020 – Graduates without previous experience in a MECCA store will join us from October 2019 as a Summer Store Host and spend the summer learning about our amazing customers and exclusive products
  • Early February 2020 – Your whole Graduate cohort will start at our Support Centre in Richmond, Melbourne, with a dedicated induction program, followed by rotations through up to 4 of our departments over the course of 2 years

The recruitment process

Four stage process

  • Stage 1 - Apply online. Applications open at 10:00 am on Monday 11 February 2019 and close at 4:00 pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Be sure to click submit before the 4:00 pm cut-off, and don’t miss out!
  • Stage 2 - Online activities. If you are selected, complete a short video interview and some online activities.
  • Stage 3 - Graduate Recruitment Forum. If you make it to the next round, participate in our Graduate Recruitment Forum in Melbourne in late April or early May 2019 – the precise date will be communicated to successful applicants.
  • Stage 4 - Offers. We will make and finalise offers by mid-May 2019.

About you

We are looking for highly driven, curious and innovative Graduates who aren’t afraid to dream big and change the game!

If that sounds like you, and you can answer ‘yes’ to each of the following questions, we’d love to receive your application:

  • Are you (or by the end of this year, will you be) a university Graduate from the class of 2017, 2018 or 2019?
  • Do you have a weighted average mark of 65 or more?
  • Are you based in Melbourne or are you willing to meet us in Melbourne for any recruitment related activities and re-locate to Melbourne for the Graduate program?
  • Are you an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or do you hold Australian Permanent Residency?
  • Do you have previous or current experience working as a Store Host in one of our MECCA stores? If not, are you available from October 2019 to work as a Summer Store Host over the summer of 2019/2020 in your local MECCA Brands store, to learn about our amazing customers and exclusive products?
  • Are you passionate about going places with your career, rotating through up to 4 teams in our Support Centre and becoming a future leader of MECCA Brands?


Any questions? Chances are you will find the answers to your questions, plus some helpful tips and tricks for your application, in our FAQs.