We’re looking for graduates who demonstrate passion, enthusiasm, friendliness, and willingness to learn from others to join our Seafreight team. We need to change as the world changes, and Kuehne + Nagel thrives on bringing new graduates into our divisions. Our Seafreight graduate scheme is perfect if you want embark on a programme where you get to try a bit of everything, whilst becoming fully immersed in an exciting industry. We don’t expect you to be a superstar on your first day; your role will contribute to the global network and the movement of goods around the world so we need people who are confident but open to feedback and continued learning.

Is it for me?

We are looking for the managers of the future, but our experience tells us that it’s your attitude rather than your knowledge that will help you succeed. Kuehne + Nagel Seafreight is number one in the world. We want people who want to join us because we’re number one. Seafreight graduates are typically well organised with a strong work ethic, and have a commercial outlook without the ego. What does that mean in real teams? Well, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to let people down, enjoys healthy team competition but isn’t afraid to ask for help, then we should be a good fit for you.

What does the programme involve?

The placements will cover four key areas:

  • Export Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (8 months)
  • Import Operations – Liverpool, Birmingham or Dartford (4 months)
  • Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Location depends on specialism (6 months)
  • Products, Commercial or Process & Systems – Location depends on specialism (6 months)

Our graduates can’t be decision makers in the future if they don’t understand the foundations of the company, so you should expect to start your learning in Import and Export Operations for your first year and engage in a full customer service role. ‘Product’ might involve the freight of LCL (less-than container load) or FCL (full container load) for certain commodities. Graduates could also be working on ISC (International Supply Chain) projects, which is a great opportunity to closely consider how we can add value and give greater cost savings to our key accounts. ‘Process and Systems’, on the other hand, is related to our technology development, so you could be supporting our customers’ ability to track their consignment.

Where can the programme take me?

This programme aims to grow customer-centric managers, so at the end of your rotations you can expect to be well-rounded in terms of your understanding of the business, the technology and processes used to deliver a great service, and the skills needed to become an effective manager at K+N. During your later placements, we’ll discuss what your next role with K+N might look like – some of our previous graduates have gone on to work as Process and Systems Analysts or into Commercial roles.

What do I need to apply?

  • A 2:2 degree qualification (achieved or expected) and 5 GCSE’s Grade A-C including Maths & English
  • Right to work in the UK
  • You must be geographically mobile, able to relocate for placements and have a driving license/access to transport

How do I apply?

So what are you waiting for? Search our vacancies to apply now.

Our recruitment process has 4 key stages:

  • Registration and Eligibility Check – this is so we can get you registered on our system and make sure you meet the minimum criteria for the programme
  • Video Application – we value the real you and not just what a piece of paper says. That’s why we use a video application. 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 at an onsite location where you’ll meet our business and HR managers.  Everyone at the assessment is involved in the graduate programme in one way or another and can share their experiences of Kuehne and Nagel and the programme with you.
  • Offer – All candidates will receive feedback after the assessment centre no matter the outcome and if you’re made an offer then you’ll soon find a contract pack bursting with information in the post to you. It will be a while until you are due to start the programme but there will be lots happening
  • The closing date for applications and assessment centre date are published on our vacancy portal so once you click the Apply link you’ll be able to confirm the dates in your diary for your chosen programme.

Why choose Kuehne + Nagel?

  • Starting salary £27,000 plus a £1000 welcome bonus + benefits (pension, healthcare, cashback & discount portal)
  • Financial support with a professional qualification linked to programme: CILT Level 5 Diploma in Warehousing & Transport