Kuehne and Nagel
graduate scheme
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Finance Graduate Programme

Job description

A finance department with personality seeks like-minded graduates

We are looking for two graduates to join Kuehne + Nagel on our Finance graduate programme in September 2020. This not your typical finance graduate programme; we’re looking for individuals who are eager to explore finance in a range of commercial and operational contexts, working with our operations to drive business success. This is a two year graduate programme, comprising of four business placements.

About the programme and what you will be doing

The Finance graduate programme will show you how the finance function contributes to the commercial success of a business. You will undertake a mixture of roles, including head office, branch and warehouse finance, giving you a holistic overview of the business and how it fits together.

The business placements will cover four key areas:

  • Central Finance – Milton Keynes (six months)
  • Branch Finance Contract Logistics – Various locations across the UK (six months)
  • Branch Finance IFF – Various locations across the UK (six months)
  • Branch Finance Overland – Various locations across the UK (six months)

Think of your first placement as Finance 101. During early placements we will expect you to start demonstrating competence in basic accountancy and finance techniques. You might get involved in anything from procurement to insurance to credit control, learning how the central team feeds into other parts of the business.

Your next three placements will be ‘in branch.’ During these placements you will be supporting the finance departments within a specific operation. You will gain an understanding of the different processes and controls within each operation, develop skills in stakeholder management and relationship building, understand how income is generated, the cost-drivers, and cost-savers. You will work closely with the operation to ensure the finance department is contributing to the business success.

Where might the Finance graduate programme take you?

KN Finance is going through a transformation to become true partners to our operational business, and we will be looking to our Finance graduates to help lead KN through the exciting developments over the next few years. Immediately after the programme, graduates can expect to start working in roles such as Business Analyst or Management Accountant, either in a Head Office function or supporting one of our operations.

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 transpor

What kind of person will enjoy this role?

In in the modern world of rapidly developing technology and automation, our finance roles are about being a business partner. This means that whilst technical competency in accounting and finance is warmly welcomed, your ability to build relationships and understand the commercial environment is actually far more important. We need people who can look beyond the data and apply it to our environment. If you’re looking to develop business knowledge, work with dynamic teams, and join the dots between data and reality then KN’s Finance graduate programme will be a great fit.


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

UK wide

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

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

An assessment centre will be held on 5 December 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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