The Hut Group is challenging graduates to come up with ecommerce, coding and marketing innovations in order to win a place on its leadership programme.
The retail group is asking those who want to join its fast-track scheme to take on a challenge. They include developing a business model that uses artificial intelligence to improve ecommerce, a marketing plan for Hut Group’s international expansion, or a rebrand of one of its businesses, which include Lookfantastic, Myprotein and Zavvi.
Meanwhile, a Robocode competition tasks entrants to build an AI robot tank to battle others in real time. Live streams will be organised to showcase each robot’s performance against those of other applicants, as well as The Hut Group’s in-house robot – with a top prize of £10k prize, with £5k and £1k for second and third place, and the chance to win a place on the Leadership Programme.To date the scheme has produced three board-level executives under the age of twenty-seven.
Hut Group CEO Matthew Moulding said: “Life is short and we want to work with the most passionate, interesting people to build something truly special on a global stage.
“I am committed to making THG the best place for talented graduates and these challenges give a flavour of the real questions we are trying to answer.”
The competition is now live at challenge.thehutgroup.com.
The deadline for entries is Friday December 2, with the pitching stage for successful entrants confirmed for Wednesday 14th December. Hut Group operates more than 100 websites, and is currently expanding its health and beauty business both through acquisitions – it recently bought specialist websites IdealShape and IdealFit – and through international expansion. As well as running its own websites, in sectors from entertainment to health and beauty, the retailer also works with third-party brands including Unilever, Nintendo and the Daily Mail.