Along with our merchant training programs, we have many other talent development opportunities in our global corporate headquarters, regional Home Offices, stores, and distribution centers aimed at developing Associates’ potential to enjoy long, fulfilling careers at TJX. We offer a global and consistent leadership development curriculum that is directly aligned with the TJX Leadership Competencies and Cultural Factors. We are proud of two programs in particular, Leaders Developing Leaders and the TJX Graduate Programme.
Leaders Developing Leaders is designed to accelerate leadership readiness among our high potential leaders. The program offers a variety of opportunities, including gaining exposure to different leaders and business units, and receiving feedback on leadership style. The individual also participates on a team, researching and addressing a business issue or opportunity. The team develops and presents a strategic plan to senior management, working collaboratively with other managers from a broad range of functions and geographies. Participants learn how to navigate the organization through the development of their problem-solving and strategic planning skills, while deepening their understanding of the business and themselves as leaders.
Since 2012, close to half of the 140 Leaders Developing Leaders participants who have completed the program have been promoted. Many of the project recommendations that come out of the program are implemented in some capacity, including, for example, the layout of lighting fixtures for sale in the new Homesense U.S. stores, which is a replica of what was proposed by the Leaders Developing Leaders team.
Similarly, the TJX Graduate Programme in Europe helps broaden Associates’ understanding of our business and prepares them for future leadership opportunities in the areas of Finance, Merchandising and Buying, Loss Prevention, and Logistics. In addition, the Leader in Me program is designed to help develop high-potential Associates early in their careers and prepare them for more senior roles in the future. During each nine-month session, which runs three times a year, Associates from all functions learn more about themselves as leaders, as well as how to use these leadership skills in their current roles and for future opportunities.