Gist Limited is a supply chain company with a long history, spanning over 100 years. We work closely with our 3,000+ customers, which cover a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors, including some of the biggest names in food retail such as Marks and Spencer, Starbucks and EAT.

We have one of the UK's most extensive chill and perishable supply chains as well as a well-established, European network, specialising in horticulture and fresh produce logistics.

In May 2015 we finalised the agreement of a landmark supply chain contract between Gist and Marks and Spencer through to 2027. This new agreement sees the continuation of a highly successful and historic partnership between the two businesses, with the first year of the contract estimated to be worth circa GBP300m.

Gist's 5,000 employees are based in our 40+ operational sites throughout the UK and continental Europe. Through our extensive network of sites and close partnerships we manage UK, European and global end-to-end supply chains from Europe, Asia, South America and South Africa.

Gist is owned by leading gases company The Linde Group. The Linde Group has an annual turnover of EUR15.3bn, through which Gist benefits from global capability, synergy and scale.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Alastair Kennedy
  • Role: Warehouse Team Manager
  • Joined: September 2014

Having returned to Gist as an Operational Graduate Management Trainee after completing my Industrial Placement with the business, it is apparent there is an excellent opportunity for me to progress within Gist and make a real impact. The working relationships I’ve formed, the sense of camaraderie at each depot and the excellent support provided by the Graduate HR team have really made the job.

  • Name: Chris
  • Role: Contract Manager at Maylands site
  • Joined: September 2014

It's great to think that after less than 3 years with Gist on the Industrial Placement and Graduate Schemes, I now oversee a whole operation. Graduates here are encouraged to take on new challenges and supported with planned development, with the aim of developing future business leaders and when you put in the hard work, you can quickly succeed and progress.

Training & Profiles

Our two year Operational Graduate Management Trainee Scheme is designed to give you management exposure in a fast-paced environment at the heart of our business - our operational sites. You will join as a Team Manager within one of our large Marks and Spencer Food warehouses as part of the site Management Team, and take responsibility for managing a shift and a team of up to 30 people. You will see a full 24 hour operational cycle by supporting various shifts, and gain experience of our operational peaks. In your second placement you will continue to develop as a Team Manager with additional senior site management responsibilities within any of our operational sites. Your final placement will consist of management experience within the site's warehouse and transport departments.

Our three year IT Graduate Management Trainee Scheme is based at our Head Office in Basingstoke. Through operational and project placements, you will start your career with Gist learning about our operations and the role IT plays in their success. You will become increasingly involved in the core tasks of documenting requirements, describing processes and designing solutions as you understand and develop the skills of project management and business/systems analysis. The second year will see you playing an increasingly significant role in the delivery of IT projects throughout Gist's core warehouse and transport operations, under the guidance of an experienced Project Manager. The final year of the scheme will see you take on end-to-end management responsibility and ownership of larger, cross-organisation projects.

Application Procedure

Applications open Monday 5th September 2016

Complete an application form online.

We offer 3 Industrial Placement Schemes with 12 month placements in Operations, Consultancy or Human Resources to penultimate-year students looking for an industrial placement as part of their four or five year sandwich-degree course. If you have a successful year with us you will have the opportunity to be fast-tracked onto one of our graduate Management Trainee Schemes in either Human Resources or Operations.

Graduates and Industrial Placement students can be based at any of our 40+ UK operational sites throughout the schemes. Our Operational Graduate scheme consists of placements at 2 different sites while our Operational Industrial Placement scheme will be based at any one of our operational sites. Our Human Resources and Consulting Industrial Placement Schemes are based at our Head Office in Basingstoke.