INEOS is one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world, employing around 18,500 people across 80 sites in 16 countries.  With annual sales of $40bn, we have grown rapidly in the petrochemicals sector over the past 20 years, and more recently focussed on broadening our activity into the Upstream sector to become one of the top 10 players in the North Sea.  Yet we are often referred to as the biggest company that you have never heard of; we are not publicly quoted and don’t sell directly to consumers.  Rather, we sell our products business to business, providing the raw materials necessary for manufacturing a wide variety of goods. Our products make a significant contribution to saving lives, improving health and enhancing standards of living for people around the globe. In many of the markets we operate in we are number one in the world.

We are proud of what we do and the way we work, with strong entrepreneurial drive and the benefit of a rich “blue chip” heritage. Most of our employees have spent all their working lives in the chemical or oil industry. We continue unashamedly to extract the best practices from this very impressive group of people in all spheres of activity.  Here at INEOS, there exists a unique, non-hierarchical working culture which positively encourages the growth of brilliant ideas and involves all employees in the company’s success. 

We believe INEOS is a refreshing place to work and we are prepared to embrace new approaches to business.  If you thrive on a challenge and are prepared to push yourself to develop further, then INEOS’ open and direct approach to business will give you the opportunity to develop quickly, in a real job with real responsibilities from day one.

Each year we recruit technical graduates onto two graduate programmes:


INEOS has well established graduate engineering programmes in Europe and the US. These are typically of 5 years duration and you will achieve professional accreditation qualifications as appropriate. Based at one of our large manufacturing sites, you will find yourself working on real projects with experienced engineers who will mentor and guide you. You will develop key skills and gain a broad based experience. You can progress in all key engineering disciplines, including chemical, mechanical, electrical & instrument and process control. Later in the programme, you may also have the opportunity to move sites or businesses. Hence the ability and desire to be mobile is something we look for, particularly if you wish to attain senior management roles within engineering such as Site or Operations manager.


If you are interested in business roles, then our European commercial graduate programme is for you. The aim of this 4/5 year programme is to provide you with a breadth of commercial experience early in your career. You will typically move roles every 2 years - this could involve moving from one business to another, changing functions and even moving countries. Hence you must be geographically flexible. Each role will provide a new challenge and will enable you to gain a wide range of experience, essential for anyone aspiring to be a future leader. Should you move countries, language training & support is provided.
Since we recruit graduates into real jobs from Day One, the roles available will vary each year. Examples of areas you could work in include supply chain, logistics, trading & shipping sales and operations.

Both graduate programmes will deliver managed career development, with targeted salary progression, comprehensive training, and you will be assigned an experienced senior manager who will act as your mentor.


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