At Gist, we pride ourselves in transforming supply chains, with a proven
track record spanning 50 years. Our vision is to be our customers’ first
choice for logistics, innovation, excellence and partnership.
Gist’s unique proposition lies in our expertise in transforming
large-scale end-to-end supply chains for our food retailer customers –
from farm to factory, production to distribution centre and delivery to
supermarket, convenience store or restaurant.
Gist has a national network of strategically placed sites and the
largest temperature controlled transport fleet in the UK. This winning
combination enables Gist’s customers to reduce their environmental
impact and deliver the best possible experience to their customers,
Our reach extends globally. Through our control tower capability, Gist
solves problems for customers in the increasingly complex and demanding
world of global supply chains moving chilled, perishable, ambient and
hazardous products by air, sea and land.
Gist invests in exceptional people, who are driven, enthusiastic and
passionate about achieving the best in everything they do. Early
responsibility, coupled with a supportive environment and hands-on
training, ensures that our people reach their full potential and have
every opportunity to make a difference.
The shared success of Gist is achieved through our people, who lead and
energise their teams to deliver results.
- Name: Victoria Bartlett
- Role: Operational Graduate Trainee
- University: Cardiff University
- Degree: Genetics
"The recruitment process was the best of any other graduate scheme I had
The recruitment process was the best of any other graduate scheme I
had applied for. Also speaking to current Gist graduates at the time of
the recruitment outlined key aspects of Gist that I valued. The scheme
offers great flexibility and opportunity with in it during the 2 years
with regard to location and different types of roles.
Use the people around who have the experience and learn from them,
however also back yourself to make your own decisions and mistakes, as
this is the best way to learn.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions whatever the situation.
Try and learn as much as you can by being proactive and don’t be
afraid to enquire about other projects or departments to try and give
yourself a more rounded idea of the site or sites.
- Name: Reade Whiteman
- Role: Industrial Placement Team Manager
- University: University of Brighton
- Degree: Business Management
"My daily role would see me manage a team of up to 40 people."
The responsibility and opportunities an Industrial Placement year with
Gist offers is something very few companies can give you and is hard to
come by at such a young age.
The broad experience I have gained has surpassed my expectations and is
something I have truly relished. My daily role would see me manage a
team of up to 40 people.
Being a 20 year old student, this has helped me to quickly and
efficiently develop new skills and helped to mould me into the confident
manager I am today.
Gist invests heavily in its Industrial Placement students and Graduates
and this is emphasised through several training courses and social
events organised throughout the year. It’s always great comparing work
related stories with other Industrial Placement Students and Graduates
from other sites around the country at the social events and these are
certainly some of my many highlights of the year.
Communicating for Results:
A one day workshop which outlines a
formal communication approach to ensure you are communicating
It will help you to:
• Understand why communication is
important to you and the organisation
• Understand how to deliver
clear, purposeful and effective communication
• Use effective
communication to support the culture within the organisation.
Leading in an Involved Environment:
• A one day workshop which
explores leadership styles, how the CPRs are demonstrated, an
introduction to the GROW model and how to create a coaching environment.
Allows you as a Manager to lead in an involved environment by:
Ensuring people are treated properly
• Enabling everyone to be fully
• Empowering others to influence their environment
Encouraging people to make a difference
IMS and Compliance:
The purpose of the IMS/Compliance session
is to set out the minimum standards for managing the various operations
within the Gist portfolio so as to ensure legal compliance, best
practice and robust management in all the areas covered by the modules.
3 Day SHEQ:
The course is provided by a specialist health and
safety training provider and is designed to be as participative as
possible within the constraints of the subject matter. At the end of day
3 there is a short multi-choice questionnaire
designed to assess the level of knowledge gained.
Accident Investigation, Level 1:
To enable delegates to understand:
• The causes of accidents
When to report accidents
• The steps for conducting an effective
initial accident investigation
• How to conduct initial interviews
Absence Management, Disciplinary and Grievance, Performance
Management Training with Human Resources
Please apply to the live roles listed on graduate-jobs.com before the
28th February 2020.
Q: What qualifications do I need to apply?
You need to
have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, a bachelor's degree in any
degree discipline by the time you start with us.
Q: Can I apply to more than one programme in the same year?
of our schemes are very different, therefore we would recommend
researching which scheme you feel you would be best suited to before
applying. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Q: Can I apply to the Gist Graduate Scheme if I graduated more than
two years ago?
Yes you can, as long as you meet our entry
requirements for the Graduate Scheme.
Q: Can I apply if I haven’t graduated yet?
apply for our Graduate Schemes before you graduate, however you will
need to have obtained your degree prior to joining us. We also offer
Industrial Placement Schemes in Operations Management for those students
whose universities have sandwich courses.
Q: I do not have a driving license - can I still apply?
can apply, but please be aware that you will need to possess a full UK
driving license by the time you commence employment with us.
Q: When does the Graduate Scheme start?
Our UK Graduate
and Industrial Placement schemes start in September, so if you are
applying to us in September 2018 then you would join us in September
Q: What does the recruitment process look like?
application screening, you will be asked to partake in a
competency-based video interview with a member of our HR team. If your
video interview is successful, candidates applying to our Operations
Management Scheme will then be invited to attend an insight day at one
of our operational sites, which will involve a tour and a Question and
Answer session with some of our current graduates. You will also have a
competency-based interview with one of our operational managers. The
final stage for all candidates is an assessment centre at our Head
Office in Basingstoke, which will consist of speed interviews, a
presentation and a group exercise.
Q: Will I need to take any online tests as part of the selection
There are no online tests as part of our recruitment
Q: What support do you offer for relocation?
provide accommodation for you in a hotel close to your site for up to
two weeks prior to or from your start date at that site. We will also
put you in touch with a Buddy before you join Gist, who will be a
current graduate with experience of your site who can help to advise you
on the best places to live.
Am I guaranteed a place on the Graduate Scheme if I have completed my
Industrial Placement with Gist?
Similarly to the Graduate
Scheme, we create a tailored development plan for our Industrial
Placement students. We will make an informed decision as to whether our
Graduate Scheme is suitable for an Industrial Placement student
following regular performance reviews and discussions between the
student, their Line Manager and the Graduate Recruitment and Development
Q: What is the process for obtaining a role at Gist once I have
completed the Graduate Scheme?
At Gist, we offer a tailored
development programme throughout the scheme, including regular
performance reviews with your line manager as well as aspirational
discussions with the Graduate Recruitment and Development team. As you
come to the end of the scheme, you will be given plenty of guidance and
support around how best to continue to further your career with Gist.
Q: What benefits will I receive whilst on the Industrial Placement
If you have a successful year with us, you will have
the opportunity to be fast-tracked onto our Operations Management
Scheme. Graduates who are returning Industrial Placements will undertake
a shortened graduate scheme which is reduced in length from two years to
eighteen months, enabling rapid progression within Gist.
You will receive a salary of £19,000 with 25 days holiday; there is
also a discretionary performance-related bonus scheme, pension scheme
You will be allocated a buddy a few months before you start, to help
you get settled into life at Gist. You will also be allocated a mentor
from our senior management team who will be there to offer support and
guidance on your career development within Gist.
We know that moving could be worrying and stressful– we give you time
to find the right place and pay for up to two weeks in a hotel near your
Whether it’s personal or professional, the Employee Assistance
Helpline offers counselling, financial and legal advice as well as an
online health portal
• 25 days holiday
• Discretionary performance-related bonus
• Pension scheme
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