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Career advice: How I became Head of Beauty at Marks & Spencer

By Sarah Parsons | Published: 6-Jul-2021

From Saturday sales assistant to Head of Beauty, in partnership with CEW UK, here is how Tara Singleton became Marks & Spencer's beauty boss

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Career advice: How I became Head of Beauty at Marks & Spencer

Tara Singleton is Head of Beauty for major British multinational retailer Marks & Spencer.

After joining the high street staple as a Saturday sales assistant, Singleton has spent nearly 20 years working her way up M&S's career ladder.

"I have worked alongside some incredibly talented people and have been able to grow, develop my career, see the world and do many different, exciting roles within the business so I have never felt the pull to move on," she tells Cosmetics Business.

Here, in association with CEW UK, Singleton shares what she believes are the most essential skills a cosmetics industry professional can possess and how to become a leader in beauty.

What attracted you to apply for your first role at M&S?

I started life as a Saturday assistant in my local M&S store, realised

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