Whether you’re ready to look for graduate vacancies in logistics, supply chain or transport planning or you’ve just arrived at the idea of a career in this area, you need to find out more about the graduate employers in the sector. Armed with knowledge on a range of employers, you can choose where you apply based on which ones you most like the sound of. It will also help you to tailor your application to each specific employer.
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There are more graduate employers in logistics, transport and supply chain than the ones listed below. One way you can find more is to look at our list of current vacancies for graduate jobs and internships.
Employers in the logistics sector
British Airways offers a two-year logistics graduate programme, including a series of rotations. At the end of the programme, graduates can choose between the commercial and operational sides of the business.
Caterpillar is a manufacturer of industrial equipment. It runs a leadership and technical development programme with three ‘tracks’ – procurement, operations leadership and supply chain management. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree, preferably in a subject relevant to engineering, supply chain or logistics.
DCC is a company that specialises in providing sales, marketing and business support services to companies on an international scale. They offer a logistics graduate programme for candidates with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or a 2.2 undergraduate degree along with a merit in a masters degree.
Morrisons runs a two-year logistics and supply chain graduate scheme in which graduates progress to the position of shift manager.
Royal Mail, the UK’s universal postal services provider, offers three different two-year graduate programmes in logistics. These are fleet management, network optimisation and central and special events.
Employers offering graduate supply chain opportunities
DHL is part of international postal and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL. It runs six different supply chain programmes for graduates, including one in finance and one in procurement.
Associated British Foods is a group of food and ingredient companies. It has an 18-month supply chain graduate scheme that includes three placements in areas such as food safety, production planning and manufacturing.
EDF Energy is an energy producer and supplier that runs a two-year supply chain graduate programme. Applicants need at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree or a 2.2 postgraduate degree in a subject related to business or economics. Graduates will work towards gaining a chartership with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
GSK is a pharmaceutical company that runs a three-year Future Leaders graduate programme. You'll work in three different areas, in pharmaceutical or consumer healthcare supply.
Kerry Group provides ingredients and solutions for the food, drink and pharmaceuticals industries. It offers graduate programmes in supply chain. Graduates carrying out the two-year Kerry Foods scheme will work in three different areas of the company and spend time at different sites across the UK.
Lidl, the supermarket chain, runs a two-year retail graduate management programme in which graduates experience work in three areas of the company: sales, logistics and supply chain.
Marks & Spencer, the retailer, has a two-year supply chain and logistics graduate programme.
Nestlé, the global food and beverage company, runs a two-year supply chain graduate programme which includes three placements.
Rolls-Royce, the engineering company specialising in aerospace, power systems, marine and nuclear, has a 20-month supply chain management graduate programme. Applicants need a 2.1 or above.
Tesco, the supermarket chain, runs graduate programmes in procurement and distribution and fulfilment. A 2.2 in any degree subject is required for both.
Unilever is the massive consumer goods company behind brands such as Persil, Dove, Magnum and Flora. Its three-year graduate leadership programme has a supply chain management stream that includes several placements.
Graduate transport planning employers
AECOM is a global construction firm. It offers a transport planning graduate programme that is open to graduates with a degree in civil engineering, maths, economics, geography or transport planning.
Atkins is a design, engineering and project management consultancy. It offers a number of graduate programmes in transport, including systems and safety engineering, and mechanical and electrical engineering.
Mott Macdonald, the management, engineering and development consultancy, runs a transport planning graduate programme, which includes working towards professional chartership. It typically recruits graduates with a 2.1 or above in geography, maths, civil engineering or in a transport- or planning-related degree.