Commercial Graduate



Location: Hull with rotations in Reading & Nottingham (although you will need to be geographically flexible for the duration of the programme)

Start Date: July 31st 2023

Due to strong and continued business growth, Sherwin-Williams are looking for two ambitious, passionate and commercially minded graduates to embark on a 2 year rotational Graduate Programme.

The Role

The Commercial Graduate position works alongside our Commercial and Marketing Teams on a variety of projects in order to gain exposure to and a detailed understanding of our business operation. The role holder will develop technical expertise and build a strong career foundation through working with our commercial and marketing teams that will develop personal effectiveness and impact, commercial and financial awareness and customer focus. Other areas covered will include: Induction; Presentation Skills; Career Management and Sales Training.

The programme consists of four six-month placements in the following teams:

  • Commercial – Kingfisher Sales
  • Trade & DIY
  • Accounts teams
  • Marketing

Within each team a mentor will be assigned to support integration into the organisation and development of each graduate through the programme with the requirement to complete the following:

  • Be responsible for day to day activities in the role
  • Work on a key project
  • Write a report at the end of each placement with recommendations for improvement

Commercial – Kingfisher Sales / Trade & DIY / Accounts

  • Understand and support our partnership with B&Q through our Kingfisher team
  • Work within the Trade & DIY channel to understand its operation
  • Work alongside our Account Management team to understand their customers and operation
  • Understand what our competitors do
  • Undertake a project to review what works well currently and areas for improvement in a key area


  • Channel Marketing – Instore POS and Trade Shows
  • Brand Marketing – Social Media and PR
  • Product Marketing – Competitor product analysis and packaging design
  • Undertake a project

The Company

Sherwin-Williams is the largest paints and coatings company in the world. With $18 billion in sales, more than 4,100 stores, and 140 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide. Our 60,000 employees across the globe are diverse, innovative and passionate. With a variety of rewarding and challenging opportunities, Sherwin-Williams is a great place to launch and grow a career. At Sherwin-Williams, we're proud of the company we keep — our family of loyal employees.

What are we looking for?

  • We are looking for talented and self-motivated individuals with a proven track record of successfully applying themselves both academically and through work experience.
  • You may have a degree in a Business related subject, or if not, then a degree in any subject with a Masters in a Business related subject
  • You will need to be a team player, able to develop professional relationships with both colleagues and clients; a clear communicator who acts openly and honestly with respect for others.
  • You should be results orientated with a ‘can do’ approach.
  • It is important to us that you are curious and open minded, keen to use your initiative and look for opportunities for self-development.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the market in which Sherwin-Williams operates.
  • IT proficiency and report writing skills with excellent business English with good attention to detail are also required.
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