Human Resources Graduate Programme (Marine People Management) - Carnival UK

Salary: Competitive
Location: South East, Southampton
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Human Resources, Management, Secretarial & Business Admin,

A Human Resources Graduate Programme like no other.........


Who are we?
Carnival UK is the UK operating company for P&O Cruises & Cunard, based in the historic shipping city of Southampton in a bright and modern head office. This is the hub of all things cruising, and a hive of activity from designing ships to testing menus to ensuring exceptional service to our guests.


What do we do?
We are the world’s leading cruise line with our 3 iconic Cunard liners delivering luxury on a grand scale and our 8 P&O ships leading the British market and offering true holiday experiences. With a groundbreaking new ship on order for 2020 for P&O, and a first class liner on order for Cunard in 2022 - it's an exciting time to join us. It takes great passion and real commitment to maintain our position at the top and because of that we were recently voted 15th most attractive employer within the UK. That’s why exceptional, passionate people are at the heart of our journey delivering the highest standards to our guests.


It's often said, but we really do believe that people are the heart of our company. In our business they have to be. We exist to provide our guests with amazing experiences to incredible destinations and it is our people who make that happen. Building bigger and more impressive ships is the easy part - having a committed team who are passionate about our guests and unlocking the potential of our people is what really makes a difference.

What are we looking for?
The Marine People Management is our Graduate HR programme with a difference. You will be exposed to a challenging rotation pattern that covers the core elements of people management onboard one of our world famous ships. There is the potential that you will be managing up to 56 nationalities on board, acting as the advisor on people issues whilst travelling around the world, as well as achieving a through grounding in HR disciplines. You will emerge from the programme as a well rounded, self sufficient HR professional who can manage on an international stage across cultural divides.


What can you expect?
You will be joining the heart of our Human Resources team in a graduate scheme which will give you the opportunity to experience a full range of HR roles over a 2 year period onboard. You will gain experience in core areas such as Employee Relations, Resourcing (Southampton, Mumbai and Manila), Learning and Development, Onboard HR & Crew Management, Onboard Learning & Development, and Engagement & Wellbeing to name a few.


We are offering a development graduate programme with a minimum of 4 placements specially designed to not only develop your technical skill in Human Resources but just as importantly help you establish what it takes to be a future leader.


Your development starts with full support from induction onwards, you will be assigned a mentor and receive continuous training and development to help you reach your full potential in addition to full study support for the Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development qualification in year 2 if you choose to.


Where next after the programme?
On completing the programme you will be appointed to a role managing our crew office or the learning and development function onboard. With experience and high performance, your next role is an HR Manager on a ship. This is a senior officer role where you will be responsible for the HR function looking after our Officers and Crew. Our ships have up to 1350 people on board, and operate themselves as multi-million pound businesses. It is a role like no other, with substantial responsibility and real accountability as part of the on-board Senior Management Team.


What you need?
In addition to graduating with a 2.1 in a relevant degree; we are looking for resilient, quick thinking, positive people with a thirst for new knowledge and who enjoy working out of a routine. The role will suit a naturally inquisitive person who has a passion for our operational business along with commercial acumen.


You must have unrestricted rights to work and reside in the UK. As the role involves working at sea, you will need to obtain and maintain the appropriate Maritime and Coastguard agency medical clearance. You will also be required to pass background and security checks, and obtain a United States C1/D seafarer visa. The company meets any reasonable costs incurred in obtaining medicals and visas.


What you need to do now?
If you believe you have what we are looking for, and want to be part of a great travel business then we want to hear from you. Once we receive your application and have had the opportunity to review all candidates then we'll be in touch.



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