Kuehne + Nagel Ltd
graduate scheme
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Contract Logistics Graduate Programme

Job description

Complex operation seeks people managers of the future

We are looking for four graduates to join Kuehne + Nagel on our Contract Logistics graduate programme in September 2020. We are looking for natural leaders with the ability to grasp complex operations quickly, spot opportunities for improvement, and deliver a great customer service. This is a two year graduate programme, comprising of four business placements in various locations across the UK.

About the programme and what you’ll be doing

Our Contract Logistics graduate programme will see you become completely immersed in our warehouse and transport operations, learning what it takes to deliver a successful service for our customers. You will be managing the people and the operation that takes well-known products (and those not so well-known) from suppliers to supermarket shelves.

The business placements will cover three key areas:

  • Warehouse Operations – various sites across the UK (9 months)
  • Transport Operations – various sites across the UK (3 months)
  • Warehouse Management – various sites across the UK contract (6 months)
  • Enhanced Warehouse or Transport Management – various sites across the UK (6 months)

You will undertake your first two placements (12 months) in the same location. Placement locations will differ for graduates, however locations typically include Manchester, East & West Midlands, Wellingborough, and Milton Keynes.

In your first year you will be learning from the ground up, beginning with understanding all of the key roles within a warehouse and how they contribute to the success of a customer contract. Your responsibility will grow progressively, and within 9 months you will be leading a small team. Towards the end of your first year your focus will shift from the warehouse to the transport operation, again giving you an understanding of what it takes to deliver a successful transport function for our customers.

Your second year will see you progress into Warehouse Management. You will move onto a different customer contract, to give you exposure to a different environment and way of working, requiring you to build new relationships and expand your network. You will start to learn all the elements of the role of a Shift Manager, including finance, customer liaison and complex people management. Your final placement will be a consolidation of everything you have learned in the past 18 months, and will see you operating independently as a Shift Manager, again on a different customer contract.

Where might the Contract Logistics graduate programme take you?

Your first role post-programme will be as a Shift Manager within one of our customer contracts, but your career does not stop there. We expect our graduates to continue to progress quickly up the management career path and our previous graduates are now excelling in roles such as Warehouse and Operations Manager.

What we are looking for

  • 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 kind of person will enjoy this role?

If you are an individual who is hands-on and ready to ‘get stuck in’ with the operations of the business, you will flourish on this programme. You need to be willing to start from the ground and work your way up, gaining as much experience as you can along the way, and be able to bring energy and enthusiasm to established and complex environments. People management is a large part of this programme, so we want individuals with the ambition and skills to lead people and deal with challenging people situations. Our contract logistics division is a fast-paced, 24/7 operation, so you need to be able to work flexibly (days/hours/shift patterns). We want to provide you with the best possible experience, so you also need to be prepared to relocate to different locations within the UK as required.


A 2:2 degree qualification (achieved or expected) and five GCSE’s Grade A-C including maths and English

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details


Plus a £1,000 welcome bonus and benefits (pension, healthcare, cashback and discount portal) A Sponsored professional qualification linked to programme

How to apply

The assessment centre will be held on 26 November 2019.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 27 October 2019

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Closing date:  27 October 2019

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