Kuehne and Nagel
graduate scheme
Expires6 days

Seafreight Graduate Programme

Job description

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 (eight months)
  • Import Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (four months)
  • Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (six months)
  • Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (six 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.

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 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?

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.


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 21 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

Expires6 days

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