Operations & Supply Chain Graduate Programme

Salary: £25,000 plus benefits
Location: South East, South West, The East, North West, Scotland, Warrington, Bristol, Glasgow, Lincoln, Maidstone
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Distribution & Logistics, Food & Drink & Catering

Brakes Group Operations & Supply Chain Graduate Scheme 2017


Are you a Graduate looking for a fast paced and challenging career in Operations & Supply Chain?

Do you want to be a Senior Manager of the future?

Brakes Group is a c. £3.0 billion turnover leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden, employing over 10,000 people across Europe. Through a family of specialist businesses and brands, which are able to deliver everything the caterer needs, Brakes serves tens of thousands of customers across Europe every day and prides itself on a deep knowledge and understanding of the different business sectors it supplies, from independent pubs, restaurants, hotels and well-known high street brands, through to hospitals and schools.

Supply Chain employs the largest number of colleagues in one function in the business and the criticality of the function is reflected in the level of investment in the infrastructure and the focus of recruiting the best leaders in their field.

Brakes is now part of the Sysco Group, the world's largest foodservice company. With its head office in Houston, USA it registered global sales of $48b last year.

We think work should be rewarding as well as challenging and we continually strive to make Brakes a great place to work. If you join us you will find out that we believe in investing in our people, through excellent training, leadership development opportunities and self-motivation. All our colleagues have the opportunity to positively impact the organisation whilst embracing the strong culture of teamwork and optimising performance.

You won't be joining "just another graduate programme", our programme is dedicated to talent growth and we are looking to develop leaders. Because we only hire a select few, your potential will be visible to key Directors within our business.

The 2 year programme will involve placements within our supply chain operations (either Scotland, North or South Region) as well as in supporting functions such as Transport, Engineering and Supply Chain Planning. With a salary of £25,000, 23 days holiday and a fully structured and supported programme that will provide you with a real understanding of a food distribution business. This is an excellent opportunity if you are passionate about a career in supply chain operations.

Interested? You need to be confident, personable with very strong communication skills both written and verbal and you need to be a recent graduate with a 2:2 in any degree subject. For us, the important thing is what you bring to work, your personal qualities and leadership potential. We look for people who share our values and are passionate about the way we work. You need to have the right to work in the UK on a full time, permanent and unrestricted basis. You will also be required to be mobile and have a full UK Driving Licence. To find out more and apply click here.

Still not sure?

Listen to what some of our current graduates have to say….

"When I was hunting for a graduate scheme, I wanted to find a scheme which would allow me to develop and learn alongside contributing to the business. Since I joined, I've done just that; I've been responsible for working alongside a depot to pilot a new handheld device which will be rolled out across the business over the next two years. I've been given responsibility to ensure everyone is trained to use the new systems, work alongside contractors to get all the physical infrastructure and hardware we need fitted and tested on time, and developing a strategy to handle the data from the 65,000 customer accounts we have."

Chris Runkee - Graduate Supply Chain and Operations

"I'm glad I chose the Brakes graduate programme because firstly it's a dynamic business. Change is high on the agenda and that provides so much opportunity to grab onto. Whether it is involvement in real projects or driving a particular area of interest, there is always the chance to make a mark. Secondly, it's a varied programme and there is a commitment to make sure you see the whole operation which provides a great opportunity for success beyond the programme. Along with this, there is great exposure to directors who are invested in what you are doing and mentoring from a senior manager which will really help professional development. As a programme, it has what I see as the best opportunities for making a career beyond the 2 years."

Will Kinder - Graduate Supply Chain and Operations

Brakes is a well-recognised and respected international company that's offers the opportunity to enter a demanding and fast-paced industry. The Operations & Supply Chain programme consists of a variety of challenging experiences that will stimulate and progress individual business skills through various nationwide placements. Furthermore throughout the scheme, there is consistent support and guidance as you engage and work alongside influential and important professionals within the business.

Marc Thursby - Graduate Supply Chain and Operations

I chose this graduate scheme due to the opportunity for advancement; the provision of several placements with an aim to eventually settle into the most suitable role appeals to my determination to succeed within my chosen profession. I believe that by completing the scheme I will start my career with a well-rounded knowledge of Supply Chain and Operations, as Brakes graduates are offered the opportunity to ask questions and work within several differing job areas within each placement. One of my main ambitions whilst job-hunting was to work for an established, recognised company and as the leading foodservice provider in the UK Brakes certainly fits this description.