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Growing strategic importance of information technology prompts expanded in-house function

John Lewis has announced that it will recruit up to 30 people in new roles in its IT function, as part of a wider investment that it says will see the business take on over 50 IT specialists in 2012.

The retailer will fill various roles from project managers, business analysts, systems analysts, solutions architect and developers within its IT function to work as part of a 280-strong team.

Supporting multichannel growth

The recruitment forms part of John Lewis's investment in IT, which has increased threefold in recent years and will help support the retailer’s aim to fully integrate its multichannel retailing offering.

The recruitment drive also follows the recent arrival of Paul Coby to the firm this March as IT director. Coby has been talking up the strategic importance of IT in retail ever since.

Owen Roberts, John Lewis recruitment manager, said: “Technology has been identified as one of the most important drivers of our business growth. We are now looking for talented IT professionals to join our team and help us take multichannel retail to the next level, cementing our reputation as an industry leader.”

Generous benefits packages

The John Lewis recruitment website has been updated to include details of IT roles throughout the function, from graduate entry-level to senior IT roles.

Successful candidates will become Partners and a part of John Lewis’s partnership structure, which includes a number of benefits, including access to holiday and leisure facilities, education support and a pension scheme.

Candidates can find out more about the John Lewis IT opportunities and apply for specific vacancies through its recruitment site.

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