Chemical/Minerals Trading & Shipbroking Graduate Trainees

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Salary range: £26,000 - £30,000 p.a. plus bonus and competitive benefits

Location: Office-based in Richmond, Surrey

  • Do you have a degree in chemistry, biology or a closely-related science subject with a solid understanding and genuine interest in chemicals
  • Do you have at least a years’ experience of working in a commercial business environment, either in logistics or with a chemical company?  

We are looking for 2 business-focussed graduates to learn the end to end logistics and global shipping processes which are the life blood of Newport Industries. The post holders will come on board with a mission to learn about all aspects of our business, and can expect to be supported and trained in doing so. 

We see these positions as being ones which would suit people who want to develop a long-term career within our company. This has worked for a number of graduates who have joined our business early in their careers and still continue to grow with us! 


The key focus areas for professional development will be related to Chartering vessels and Shipbroking activities, or moving into fully fledged Chemical Trading.  We see logical lines of career progression where intelligent and hard-working individuals could gain valuable professional qualifications, financially supported by Newport Industries, and build the foundations for flourishing careers in this growing sector.

To succeed, the post holders will need to have a keen interest in learning more about chartering and shipbroking & trading along with the willingness and personal drive to undertake professional study and achieve these specialist qualifications while working in busy operational positions.

They will initially take responsibility to settle into the business and work as Logistics Coordinators, learning how to process customer orders from start to end, receiving orders from the sales team, and then liaising both internally and externally with suppliers, docks, warehouses and hauliers to ensure that orders are fulfilled efficiently, as economically as possible to maximise profitability, and always meeting client demands on timing to final destination.

They will then be willing and able to STUDY for either a Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (“CILT”) qualification, or an Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (“ICM”) shipbroking qualification. Newport Industries will fund these courses, but will expect the post holders to do the necessary study work in their own personal time. (Some paid time off work will be granted to sit exams per the Company’s Training Policy.)


Newport Industries is a leading global sourcer and distributor of chemicals and minerals. We are now one of the leading minerals players in the UK, so it’s an exciting time to join the business! - Established over 25 years ago, we have offices on 3 continents, successfully supplying hundreds of industrial mineral and chemical products to a very diverse range of application industries including glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, animal feed and pharmaceuticals. Plans are in place to continue the successful year on year growth and our hope is that our employees will grow and develop their careers alongside us.


Are you looking to enter a thriving industry and develop a long-term career with a busy growing business??

If so, then this is the opportunity for you! 

This position will require you to learn processes and procedures quickly to ensure that orders are processed and entered accurately onto the appropriate systems. You will be ensuring that inbound stock is available and allocated to meet outgoing order demands, dealing with customs paperwork, the negotiation and procurement of goods and services. You will organise appropriate shipping and transport with our partners to get products to our customers on time, and then liaise with the Finance team to ensure timely invoicing. From time to time you will get involved in physical stock checks at locations across the UK, visiting port and warehouse environments.

You will learn about QA compliance as well as the essential environmental and health & safety regulations which we need to adhere to in order to meet various regulated standards in our operations.


Let’s talk about you!

  • You will have a relevant degree (or equivalent qualification), and at least a years commercial experience in a relevant chemical business or commercial logistics environment. You must have good written English skills, with good basic IT skills (Excel, ERP systems). You will be numerate, with meticulous attention to detail and experience of maintaining physical and electronic records
  • You will be able to quickly learn and understand our business, ensure that compliance and safety standards are met and maintained at all times, and will be articulate, able to communicate clearly and professionally in English with colleagues and customers at all levels.
  • Your self-sufficient and practical attitude will be complimented by a flexibility and willingness to “roll up your sleeves” to work in a small team environment to achieve our common goals.
  • Although this role is office based in Richmond in Surrey, it will involve occasional travel to our sister company Bulk Powder Terminals at Canada Dock in Liverpool, and elsewhere throughout the UK from time to time. 


Interested?  Great! We’d be delighted to hear from you if you have the types of experience we need, and the enthusiasm to join this growing team. Please apply by sending a COVERING EMAIL with a copy of your CURRENT CV to Helen Arnold by pressing Apply Now, clearly telling us what relevant experience you have which makes you the right person to join Newport Industries. 




It is assumed that you give consent for any personal or special categories of personal data which you submit as part of an application for this position to be processed by Arnold HR Consulting (the “Company”). 

If you do not accept these terms or if you do not give your consent to your data being processed and stored in this way, then please do not apply for this role. 

Any personal or special categories of personal data you send to the Company will be used solely for the purposes of recruitment and selection in respect of the position for which you have applied. Such data will be shared with the Client who is the hiring organisation for this role, but will not be shared with anyone else unless there is a legal requirement to do so. 

If your application is unsuccessful, your personal data will be erased from our systems within 1 year except to retain a log of your name and current employer/job title, geographic area and brief recruiter’s notes about your suitability for this role. This will be retained indefinitely. We will only retain your CV, covering letter/email and any personal data contained in those files if you ask us to keep it for future reference in respect of any other job opportunities which may arise. 

If your application is successful, all personal data including our interview notes will be passed to our Client for storage in their HR files and will then be erased from our records within 1 year. 

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