Time at Kuehne + Nagel: 12 months

What does the Finance Graduate Programme typically involve?

I’m currently working on the Greene King contract in Manchester. The work here revolves around routine reporting processes at the beginning of each week and at month-end, plus collecting data (from our financial reporting software, the payroll, and month-end accounts), reworking it into a clear and usable format and carrying out an analysis on resulting figures, to aide decision making and budgeting.

As it’s coming towards the end of my placement now, I am preparing ‘how-to’ guides on new processes I have completed since starting here, to allow for an effective hand-over process. Collecting and analysing data on our contract’s discretionary spend has been a project I have updated monthly. The purpose of this project was to make it easier for colleagues to identify high-spend areas, as well as recent and seasonal trends in discretionary spend. Other tasks I’ve completed include the weekly and month-end process for the contract’s indirect reports, salary analysis aided by Starters and Leavers Reports, Statistics for headcount by cost centre and salary cost category, and HR data regarding recruitment, agency, sick and overtime costs.

What other activity do you get involved in on the graduate programme?

I was at a graduate group project day yesterday with the rest of my cohort. This was an opportunity for sub-teams to collate work, peer-reflect and make decisions regarding presenting teams and locations, how to best-use our budget and how we will be able to collect complete and accurate feedback. This day was also an opportunity to visit our new East Midlands Gateway overland site and catch up with contacts there. Following on from this project day, I will be meeting with a fellow graduate next week to review the script to ensure that it’s consistent.

What do the next few months of your programme look like?

I will be starting my next placement in International Freight Forwarding shortly, which I anticipate will be a completely different learning experience. I am also looking forward to being involved in a Financial Awareness presentation at the next graduate workshop, further graduate projects and university careers fairs, among other events. On a personal development note, I am currently preparing for my next CIMA exam in risk management and hope to learn more about the FSL, excel and Tableau on my next rotation.