Seafreight Graduate Programme

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£27,000 plus a £1000 welcome bonus + benefits
London, West Midlands, North West, Birmingham, Dartford, Liverpool
27th October 2019
Start date:
September 2020
Job type:
Graduate job

Premier league of shipping seeks outgoing and enthusiastic graduates

We are looking for two graduates to join Kuehne + Nagel on our Seafreight graduate programme in September 2020. This is a varied and complex programme so we are looking for individuals with great attention to detail, an ability to solve problems and an aptitude for dealing with customers, who want to join the number one Seafreight provider in the world. This is a two year graduate programme, comprising of four business placements.

About the programme and what you will be doing

Our Seafreight graduate programme will give you the opportunity to learn the many roles involved in shipping goods all over the world, from the initial service offering to the implementation, and the process and systems that sit behind it all.

The business placements will cover four key areas:

  • Export Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (8 months)
  • Import Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (4 months)
  • Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (6 months)
  • Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (6 months)

Within your first 12 months you will cover both Export and Import Operations (these two placements will be the same location). You will be managing consignments end-to-end, liaising with KN overseas offices , suppliers and customers. You will develop your financial and commercial skills, and an understanding of what makes KN the number one Seafreight provider.

In the second year of this programme, you will take on two out of three specialisms. This could include working with specific products in KN Seafreight and gaining and understanding of the complexity of that product (e.g. refrigerated or dangerous goods). It could involve you taking on a sales role, where you will be liaising with customers, quoting, negotiating and developing solutions to their shipping needs. Finally you could be dealing with our state of the art systems which track our consignments around the world.

What kind of person will enjoy this role?

KN Seafreight is number one in the world, so we want people who want to join us because we are at the top, and you want to be there too. This programme will require a number of different skills, but if you have a strong customer focus, a commercial understanding, time management skills, a good work ethic and enjoy problem solving, you would be a good fit for this programme.

Where might the Seafreight graduate programme take you?

At the end of your programme you can expect to be well-rounded in terms of your understanding of the business, the process involved and the technology used to deliver a great customer service. We will work with you to find a role that suits your interests and skill-set, and that also fits with the business needs and growth plans. Previous graduates have gone into include Systems Specialists, Sales Executives, Product Team Members.

What do you need to be eligible to apply?

  • A 2:2 degree qualification (achieved or expected) and 5 GCSE’s Grade A-C including Maths & English
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
  • You must be able to relocate for business placements as stated
  • A full UK driving license (or will have one by September 2020)
  • Access to your own transport

What can we offer you?

  • Starting salary £27,000 plus a £1000 welcome bonus + benefits (pension, healthcare, cashback & discount portal)
  • Sponsored professional qualification linked to programme

Closing date for applications is 27th October 2019

The assessment centre will be held on 21st November 2019

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