We are looking for two graduates to join Kuehne + Nagel on our Seafreight graduate programme in September 2020.

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. 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.

Is it for me?

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.


What does the programme involve?

This is a two-year graduate programme comprising of rotational business placements, covering four key areas as follows:

•    Export Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (8 months)
•    Import Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (4 months)
•    Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (6 months)
•    Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (6 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 can the programme take me?

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 do I need to apply?


•    A 2:2 degree qualification (achieved or expected) and 5 GCSEs Grade A-C including Maths & English
•    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

How do I apply?

Click here to apply for this programme. What are you waiting for?

There are just three key stages to our recruitment process:

•    Registration and Eligibility Check – when you click to apply we will immediately get you registered on our system and make sure you meet the minimum criteria for the programme. Make sure you do this before the closing date of 27th October 2019!

•    Video Application – we value the real you and not just what a piece of paper says. That’s why we use video applications. You get the chance to show us your drive and passion for the programme and why you are the best candidate for the job

•    Assessment Centre – this will be a one day assessment centre held in Birmingham. You will meet our business and HR managers and get to know more about Kuehne + Nagel and the graduate programme. The Seafreight assessment centre will be held on 21st November 2019 – make a note of this date in your diary!

Following the assessment centre all candidates will receive feedback, no matter the outcome. If you are made an offer, you will receive a Welcome Pack in the post bursting with information about the programme and your Contract of Employment.

Why choose Kuehne + Nagel?

•    You will enjoy a competitive starting salary of £27,000 per annum, plus a £1000 welcome bonus when you start
•    We have a fantastic range of benefits  including pension, healthcare cover, and a cashback & discount portal
•    Further technical development linked to your chosen programme