Endeavour Group is looking to add 300 new digital team members, with ‘many roles requiring no previous experience.’
Most of these new roles will be included in Endeavour’s digital arm, endeavourX, which the company says has ‘exceeded more than $1 billion in online sales’ during the 2022 financial year.
EndeavourX Director, Clair Smith, explained the company’s motivation in increasing staff numbers, saying: “Technology continues to rapidly change the nature of retail and hospitality, and as a business we are committed to meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers.”
“That’s why we are continuing to invest in innovation,” Smith added.
Among the 300 new positions are openings for Data Scientists, Data Analytics, Data Engineering, Software Engineers, Product Managers, Platform Managers, Solution Managers, Designers and Business Analysts. The roles are found across a mixture of levels, with entry level positions requiring no previous tech experience, as Endeavour say they will provide training.
Smith said that this training is partly provided in response to the on-going shortage of qualified labour in Australia.
“There is a skill shortage in Australia due to rapid growth in the tech sector, so we are looking at how we can attract, train, retrain and support people across the board,” Smith commented.
These digital roles are remote and offer ‘full flexibility’ with perks including ‘products, hotel meals and groceries’ as Endeavour is the parent company of BWS, Dan Murphy’s and ALH.
“We are genuinely committed to continue to offer flexible working arrangements for our people. We trust our teams, and have team members who have temporarily worked from locations like Bali, India and the US,” Smith added.
Alongside personnel, Endeavour stated that it is also ‘investing in transforming its technology, transitioning and simplifying its technology landscape as a foundation for growth and innovation.’
One example of a recent tech enhancement produced by endeavourX is a number-plate recognition system introduced at a Dan Murphy’s drive-thru in September 2020, which has now been introduced to a great number of stores. Endeavour states that this was the first time such a technology had been used by a retailer in Australia.
“We are looking for innovative collaborative people who think outside the box, who want to help us create experiences and services that will thrill customers today, tomorrow and beyond,” Smith explained.
“We are committed to agile ways of working, and embrace self-selection to further empower our teams and help them learn and grow as we continue to expand.”
An endeavourX success story is Vida Asrina, who was named ‘UX Leader of the Year’ at the 2021 Women in Digital Awards. Asrina explained how her career with endeavourX has progressed.
“I’ve been with the business for almost four years, and it’s an amazing place to work; the company really puts their people first and everyone is so lovely.”
“The best part for me though is that it has a start-up feel because of the innovation mindset that people have, but it has the stability that comes with being an ASX top 50 company,” Asrina said.
Asrina also highlighted benefits of the training provided at Endeavour, saying: “It’s an amazing place to learn, and there are so many opportunities in different parts of the business.”
“You will not only learn about design, digital and technology, but also the wider ecosystem from retail, hospitality, operations to supply chain – there are so many pieces to the puzzle, so if you’re like me who gets excited with complex problems to solve and learn from, it’s a perfect place,” Asrina concluded.