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General questions

What is the typical application process?

After submitting an online application our recruitment experts will review all applicants and select suitable candidates for a first stage phone interview.  The next stage will typically include an interview or assessment on-site with the recruiting manager.

Can I send my application via e-mail or post?

In general we only accept online applications. If you require support with our online recruitment application form then please do email us at

What will happen with the data that I enter into the online application system?

We take data security very seriously. You data is treated with the utmost care and is not forwarded to any external third parties. After 6 months of inactivity on your account we will inform you via email that your account will be deleted unless you log in again. You can simply reactivate your account by signing into the system again. Read the privacy policy applicable to online job applications.

Will I receive any confirmation after submitting my application?

Yes, after successfully submitting your application via our online application system you will receive an email confirmation that we have received it.  Further communications from our recruitment team will be either via your email or telephone number provided on your application.

How long do I have to wait after submitting my application?

The first round of the application review process can take up to 4 weeks but we always try our best to respond quicker than this. Please note that the review time is different for our early careers recruitment when there are set recruitment campaign periods.

If I am interested in several vacancies can I apply for more than one?

If you are interested in more than one position, you are welcome to apply for all. However, it is important that you bear in mind that the number of applications should not be too high. Show us that you have chosen this vacancy for a particular reason, as you believe your profile meets the requirements. NOTE: This answer does not apply to our graduate programmes where only one application is allowed in a specific intake year.

Do I need a work permit to work in Kuehne + Nagel UK?

Yes, all of our roles require the right to work in the UK without sponsorship. Evidence of your right to work will be asked for at assessment stage. Should there be any variation to this requirement it will be detailed in the specific job advert.

What are “Job Alerts” ?

Job alerts allow you to submit your email address to the system in order to receive notifications of all newly posted vacancies in a particular category. These emails are automated and are sent out directly from the system. You can also register your details in full so our recruitment team can view your CV via our ‘Register Your Interest’ page.

How do I check the current status of my application?

You will be able to see the current status by logging into your application. For further information you can either contact the resourcing teams via the email addresses on this page or contact the recruitment manager should you have already received communications from them.

Is there an age limit for any of your roles?

There’s no age restriction for any of our roles, so as long as you meet the qualification and application requirements then you’re eligible to apply.  Please bear in mind though that our early careers programmes tend to be tailored towards entry level experience and therefore if you already have significant experience you may wish to consider our Experienced Hires or Warehouse/Driver recruitment opportunities.

Graduate Programme

How does the Graduate Programme work?

The Graduate programme starts in September, is 2 years long and is bespoke for each business area. As a Graduate at Kuehne + Nagel you’ll benefit from our on-boarding support before joining. That way, you’ll feel fully prepared for day one. First you’ll enter our induction programme where you’ll meet other graduates, business mentors and programme sponsors. Then comes the first placement...the first step of your Kuehne + Nagel journey. You’ll then progress through a combination of both on-the-job experience to gain a full understanding of your business area, and off-the-job development through our graduate leadership modules. More detailed information about each programme can be found on the Graduate careers page.

What support will I get during the programme?

You are the owner of your own development but you’ll be fully supported along the way. In addition to your line manager during each placement, you will also be supported by a senior mentor who will guide you through your programme, and a buddy who is a previous graduate and can offer advice and support as you find your feet in the business and progress through your placements, workshops and business projects.

Will I obtain any formal qualifications?

Where appropriate we support Graduates in achieving the relevant professional qualification for their business area e.g. CIMA or ACCA for the Finance programme. Further details can be found in the individual programme links on the careers site.

Will I be required to relocate?

Most likely. We’re a nationwide business and the graduate programme is made up of rotational placements to provide the broadest learning possible. Where placements are known in advance they are published on our website. When the placements are to be decided after offer we will confirm your exact location as quickly as possible and all graduates are awarded a £1000 welcome bonus in their first salary payment to help support with some of those initial moving costs.

What will my working hours be?

We’re a 24/7 business so you should expect that your working hours will vary as you progress through the programme. In particular if you are part of our Contract Logistics programme you should expect to work shifts as appropriate to the operation.

Why do I need my own car & license to apply for the programme?

We’re a nationwide business with sites across the country. Whilst on placement you will mainly work from the same location each day but the sites are not always within easy access of public transport and you will also be required to travel to offsite workshops, project meetings and networking events. If your mode of transport is a motorbike then this is also ok as long as you can transport a travel bag for your offsite workshops which are typically 2-3 days.

What happens after I complete the Graduate Programme?

Our programmes are varied and challenging but with great opportunity to develop and excel. We’ll support you through each stage of your programme but your success is for you to determine. Take the opportunities. Work hard and ask questions. Challenge yourself and bring the right attitude and skills.  It’s our intention for every graduate to progress from the programme into a permanent position and we’ll work with you to identify the next right step for you.

What salary & benefits will I receive?

The Graduate starting salary is £27,000. Those initial ‘new job’ costs can add up – it might be buying a new suit, paying a rental deposit or getting new car insurance so we’ll also pay an additional £1000 welcome bonus in your first salary to help cover some of those costs. A performance related pay review takes place at the end of year one and a further increase of up to £1000 added to your salary. A further pay review will take place at the end of the programme as you move into your permanent position. In addition to your salary you will also receive access to our company pension scheme, healthcare offering and our cashback & discount website.

What’s the recruitment process for the Graduate Programme?

Our graduate recruitment campaign starts in late September/October each year and applications are welcomed until the closing date. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but please don’t worry if you don’t hear anything for a while as we’ll always contact everyone no matter the outcome. We really want to get to know you during the recruitment process so whilst we can’t meet everyone face to face, our video application process allows you really demonstrate your passion and drive for a career at Kuehne and Nagel. It includes a number of questions and we appreciate that video interviews can be quite daunting but please do make use of the help videos before you undertake the interview and it won’t be as scary as you first think. The final stage will be an assessment centre which will be held between November and December. Assessment dates will be highlighted on our job adverts so make sure to keep the date free in your diary!

What kind of person are you looking for?

We’re looking for the best. Those that are passionate about what they do and achieving excellence. Those that are hungry to learn and develop themselves both technically and personally. Those that have the initiative to suggest new ideas and are not afraid to ask questions. Those that can work as a team and will build effective networks. Those that are organised and prepared for anything and can represent the business professionally internally and externally.

What qualifications/grades do I need to apply for the programme?

You will need a minimum of a 2:2 degree qualification (achieved or expected to achieve). You must also hold five GCSES Grade A-C (or equivalent) including Maths and English. Proof of qualifications will be required at assessment centre stage (annual results manuscript is fine if you don’t yet have your final grade).

Can you apply for more than one programme?

The recruitment process is the same for each of our programmes so only one application is allowed. However, during the application you will be asked to provide details of any other programmes you are interested in so that we can transfer your application across should your initial choice be oversubscribed.

Will I get feedback on my application?

We understand how frustrating it can be to not receive feedback on an application. That’s why every candidate will always receive confirmation either way whether they are progressed or not. At the initial video application feedback will be provided based on structured assessment criteria. After assessment centre stage personalised feedback will be provided by phone by one our recruiters.

What happens once I have received my offer?

After you have accepted your offer it will be a little while before you actually join the business and start your programme. Don’t worry though as we’ll be in touch regularly. First of all you’ll receive an invite from your programme mentor to visit your first placement site and meet the team that you will be working for. Then over summer you’ll be invited to an all-day event with your fellow graduates. This is a great opportunity to meet the rest of your cohort and to talk through what the programme will involve.

If unsuccessful when can I reapply?

We hope that you find the feedback we provide useful and can apply this to future applications. Further applications cannot be processed for the same graduate intake year but we welcome applications for future years and in the meantime you can also review our direct entry vacancies.

Apprentice Programme

What grades do I need to apply for an apprenticeship?

Candidates are required to have a minimum of 5 GCSES Grade 3-9 (A*-D) including Maths and English. We may accept lower grades should there be mitigating circumstances.

Do you accept predicted grades?

Yes, evidence of your final achieve grades will be asked for at either assessment stage or prior to your start date depending on when your final exams are due to take place.

Can I apply for more than one apprenticeship?

Yes but it’s always best to think about which you are most interested in and why.

What’s the recruitment process?

Once you have completed an online application the following stages are a telephone interview with our apprenticeship recruitment team, and then an interview or assessment centre onsite with our recruiting managers.

Will I get feedback on my application?

Yes, we’ll provide feedback on all applications so you’ll know whether you have been progressed. Should you reach telephone, interview or assessment stage but not be progressed for a role, detailed feedback will be available via call or email.

If I’m unsuccessful can I reapply?

Yes, but we recommend you work on the feedback that has been provided before placing a further application.

What is the apprenticeship starting salary?

Our starting salaries vary for each programme. Details will be provided on each vacancy advert. Benefits will include pension, cashback rewards system, apprentice NUS card (at own cost to purchase)

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the programme?

Apprentices are employed on a fixed term contract for the duration of the apprenticeship, however we aim to convert this to a full time role upon completion.

Will I always work in the same office?

Yes, for the majority of the time. However, there will be some offsite visits for workshops and meetings. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.