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Great talent makes good business and for over 100 years, this has been true for Sears brands. At Sears Holdings Corporation, it is about opportunity, opportunity for your talent to be recognized and to grow. Sears Holdings is committed to improving the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products, and solutions that earn their trust and build lifelong relationships. Our associates are at the heart of our company and we value teamwork, integrity, and positive energy. Sears Holdings has opportunities for you whether you are an experienced professional, have been called to serve or recently discharged from the military, a recent college graduate, a student looking for an internship, or searching for an entry level position. Join our team of dedicated, talented associates and build an exciting career with Sears Holdings, an American tradition.

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MBA and MSBA Senior Leadership

Senior Leadership Program - Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC) is focused on hiring the best and brightest talent. As part of this effort, SHC launched the Senior Leadership Program (SLP) in 2006. This program is designed to recruit highly talented MBAs and Master of Science, Business Analytics Graduates and develop them into corporate assets in senior leadership positions. SLPs take on rapidly accelerated career paths, executive mentorship, and structured training and development frameworks. SLP associates work with senior leaders and are expected to lead strategic efforts. SLP associates manage high-priority, EBITDA-generating initiatives from inception to execution, and in doing so, become agents of transformation at SHC.

Why are we looking for people like you?

Because your past experiences and analytically driven business acumen have prepared you to help us succeed. Let's face it: we're in this to win, and we believe individuals like you give us the best chance to make it happen. Sears Holdings offers challenges and personal, as well as professional growth, so that you can develop into a senior leader. You'll find room for advancement, opportunities to learn new skills and countless avenues to channel your passion.

We value your proven ability to get the job done, and we expect to implement great ideas that come from high-achieving associates like you. The unique collection of skills you bring to the table just might provide the impetus for a breakthrough concept that lifts us to a higher level.

Why MBAs and MSBAs?

You bring a unique combination of skills and desires to the table - and so does Sears Holdings. No other company can offer you the combination of opportunity, and vision that Sears Holdings can. We have bold plans for our future, and professionals like you can make it happen. This is where your breakthrough ideas and analytical mindset can become something much, much bigger - where your Graduate Degrees can help you accomplish something truly great.

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SLP Highlights and Benefits

Highlights of SLP Population
  • Average number of years of previous work experience: 6.5
  • Our current SLP members have previous work experience in a diverse number of industries including consulting, CPG, entrepreneurship, marketing, technology, retail, and the military.
The Benefits
  • The SLP program is sponsored by our Chairman, CEO, and Executive Sponsor
  • Day-to-day interaction with SLP Manager, who is a senior executive at VP level or above
  • Interaction and project updates with Business Unit President
  • Weekly SLP cohort meetings with SLP Program Management Team
  • Monthly conversations & presentations with the Chairman and/or CEO
  • High priority, strategic, transformational, EBITDA-generating projects and roles
  • Career counseling and development
  • Mentorship Program

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SLP Program Structure

Flexibility - you create your career path

In year one, SLPs are placed on one of the top initiatives within one of the many Business Units at Sears Holdings. This project selection process is initiated 4-6 weeks prior to the SLP's start date by the SLP Program Director.

After completion of the initial project, the SLP experience can become rotational, if you want it to be. If you are interested in exploring different areas you are encouraged to do so. If you prefer to stay in your original Business Unit, that is encouraged as well. The experience is flexible, and what you would like to make of it.

During year one SLPs are given many other developmental opportunities such as weekly cohort meetings, specialized career coaching from the SLP Program Director, and mentorship from members of the executive team.

After year one, all SLPs are expected to assume a permanent role within a business. While this role is now considered "permanent", opportunities to work on additional projects and explore other areas of SHC continue to be available. The Program Director also continues in a mentorship role when needed. As new leadership opportunities are announced, the SLPs are encouraged to apply for these roles if fitting in their desired career path.

The Corporate Track

The SLP Corporate Track will allow you to work on key initiatives within one of our 25+ different Business Units. Roles range from decision science initiatives to general analytics, marketing to finance, strategy to business development, merchandising to retail operations, logistics to online. In these roles you will make strategic decisions in retail's fast-paced environment. You can match your skill set and passion to move virtually anywhere within the company.

The Buyer Track

For the SLP with a high interest in merchandising, the SLP Buyer Track will allow for a flexible career path that mirrors the core organization of SHC. The SLP will initially be placed in an Associate Buyer role while completing their primary SLP project. Within a few months, once they have mastered that role, the SLP will move into a Buyer role where they have responsibility and ownership of a key merchandise category (including category strategy and performance, product selection, and P&L responsibility).

The Retail Track

This path will give SLPs the unique opportunity to work as a store manager and accelerate to District Manager (running 10-12 stores) and onto Regional Vice President. The track is a 3-5 years track starting in an Assistant Store Manager/Co-Manager role and progressing quickly depending on your capabilities and learning curve.

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Areas of Opportunity

Where do you fit in?

Whether you are looking for opportunity, stability, or challenges, Sears Holdings is for you. SHC is a diversified organization with Business Units that focus on everything from finance to marketing, merchandising to retail operations, logistics to online. You will be asked to make strategic decisions in retail's fast-paced environment. You can match your skill set and passions to move virtually anywhere within these various Business Units:
  • Member Analytics
  • Kmart Apparel
  • Shop Your Way
  • Sears Apparel
  • Automotive
  • Brands
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Design
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Fitness & Sporting Goods
  • Footwear
  • Food & Drug
  • Health & Wellness
  • Home Appliances
  • Home Fashions
  • Home Services
  • Holdings Company
  • Information Technology
  • Jewelry
  • Lawn & Garden
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Online
  • Pharmacy
  • Real Estate
  • Kmart Retail Operations
  • Sears Retail Operations
  • Seasonal & Outdoor Living
  • Supply Chain
  • Talent & Human Capital Services
  • Tools
  • Toys

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SLP Testimonials

dawn "I love my job! The Senior Leadership Program was the perfect introduction into Sears Holdings, and I am grateful everyday for the opportunities I had here as a result of being part of the program. Five years into my SHC career, I am still regularly benefiting from the training, support network, and executive exposure that the program offers."

- Dawn Lee, HBS - Director, Customer Contact Channels, SLP 2007
Sandeep "The benefit of working at SHC is the ability to work on transformational projects in collaboration with senior leaders in the company. Within three months of joining the company, I was working on the strategy for our multi-billion dollar Online business. Shortly thereafter, I was also given charge of starting a completely new business with Online for which I created a plan, hired resources and executed on the plan. This level of responsibility and exposure is common at SHC and is what makes the program unique."

- Sandeep Swaminathan, Chicago Booth – DVP, Online Advertising, SLP 2010
marissa "You will get the opportunity to work on challenging, high impact projects. I have been involved with launching our international online business and currently lead all of our mobile commerce efforts including mobile websites and applications. If you enjoy a fast paced environment where you can make a difference every day, Sears is the place for you.

- Marissa Brillhart, Kellogg - Director & General Manager, Mobile, SLP 2007

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The Senior Leadership Program at SHC


Our Alumni are an important part of our network. They live all over the country and their new roles and companies are varied from technology companies to retailers to non-profits.

Our SLP Alumni program provides our alumni with continued interactions and benefits:
  • Quarterly newsletter that provides information about SHC, the SLP program, a current alumni directory and information about the alumni
  • Annual event with current SLPs and executive sponsor
  • Referral program
  • LinkedIn group to stay connected
and much much more...

"In my time at SHC I had the opportunity to work with some of the most effective and creative people I've ever encountered in my professional career, and from them I learned invaluable lessons about successful retail and corporate leadership. I hope to work with many of them again in the future."
- Anne Marie Brost, SLP 2008, Current Alum

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The Sears Holdings Culture

Where we've been

The Sears Holdings story has been years in the making. Sears, Roebuck & Co. began as a watch store in 1893. In 1925 Sears opened its first retail store and catalogue center on Chicago’s west side. The growth of the catalogue, on-the-mall format and quality service is what made Sears a national icon. In 1899 Kmart opened as a nickel-and-dime store. The low price appealed to shoppers, and the chain quickly grew into one of the nation’s preeminent retailers. Kmart filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002. Eddie Lampert then bought Kmart through his hedge fund, ESL Investments. In 2005, Kmart bought Sears and as part of the merger, formed Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC). Today, SHC owns over 2,500 retail locations.

Our Mission

To serve, delight and engage our members while they shop their way.

We are a team of driven associates working towards one goal: to become the world's greatest integrated retailer. What does this mean? We need to be a company that can provide products and services to our members when and where they need it. This means being a leader in member service in the store, online, at home (think installation/repair and more), over the phone, and even across channels (think buy online & pickup in store). Our membership platform, ShopYourWay, ties all of our initiatives together allowing us to get to know our customers and build relationships like never before. Visit to see how we are breaking into the world of social commerce like no other retailer.

In order to turn our company around, we are focused on achieving the following 4 Key Results:

  1. Deliver a "WOW" member experience
  2. Become the world's greatest integrated retailer
  3. Build a team of engaged associates who embrace change & technology
  4. Operational excellence to drive profitable sales
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No retail background is required. We are looking for leaders who possess the following skills:
  • Resilient: Ability to have confidence when making decisions to succeed; ability to learn from mistakes and take those learnings to the next great challenge
  • Technology Focus: Previous experience in a technical role, at a technology company, or the ability to innovate the use of technical capabilities in day-to-day functions
  • Change Agent: A solutions-oriented mindset; a constant drive to initiate and create needed change
  • Analytical: Must be a data driven individual who enjoys gathering and digging deeply into data to identify issues and solve problems
  • Leadership: The drive to be the best; to lead others and move the organization forward; a need to strive for results and inspire others to excel
  • Entrepreneurial: Ability to lead initiatives from idea generation to execution; develop business models and drive action plans to implementation; energetic and innovative
  • Focused on Results and Execution: Willingness to do what it takes to get the job done and personal accountability for his/her work
  • Customer-focused: Always puts the customer first and has a customer-centric mindset when developing ideas and executing projects
  • Strong Business Acumen: Strong financial, strategic, and operational skills; ability to understand business models and key drivers in real time
  • Cross-functional Team Building Skills: Ability to build and align cross-functional teams to meet common goals and achieve success
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Confidence to interact with senior management; strong presentation skills and ability to articulate ideas effectively; willingness to learn from and coach others; ability to build strong relationships
  • Project Management, Organizational and Time Management Skills: Ability to manage multiple projects; work effectively under tight deadlines and deliver projects on time

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Application Process


SLP Full Time Program: Applicants must be currently completing 2nd Year of MBA or Master of Science, Business Analytics Program

The Senior Leadership Program actively recruits MBA and MSBA students from the following core schools as well as other top Graduate Schools:
  • Harvard Business School, Harvard University
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Ross School of Business, Michigan University
  • Chicago Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago
  • Wharton School of Business, The University of Pennsylvania
If you currently attend one of these core schools, please contact your career center for more information on the application process and upcoming recruitment events.

If you do not currently attend one of these core schools, please send a resume and cover letter to SLP Program Director, Deanna Fontana, at

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