Who’s hiring: Some of the more active recruiters are Reliance Fresh, Subhiksha, Wal-Mart, Spencer’s, Food Bazaar and Spinach.
Who’re they hiring: MBAs (Agri Business), Graduates and Postgraduates in Agriculture. Graduates in Science and related subjects and B.Techs in Agriculture Engineering are also in demand.
At what levels: At all levels. Junior, middle (with six or more years of experience), and senior level (10 or more years of work experience). However, there’s greater demand for entry level/senior executives.
At what salaries: Rs 4-6 lakh p.a. at junior levels; Rs 8-10 lakh p.a. at middle levels; and Rs 30-50 lakh p.a. plus perks and other benefits at senior levels.
What are the numbers like: The top 10 retailers have hired around 1,500 professionals over the last three to four years. The number is likely to grow 25-30 per cent per annum.
It is not that retailers are just picking up fresh graduates from universities and putting them straight into jobs. They are also training them to understand the functioning of local agri bodies, consolidators and farmer communities, thus, helping them align their classroom learning with the technical knowhow retailers have acquired from running operations.
Explains Jog: “The new recruits bring with them knowledge of the segments; retailers are training them to understand and integrate the backend with the front-end of retailing. Additionally, understanding price movements of commodities and the vagaries of the business are of utmost importance to them.”