2018 Commercial Graduate Scheme


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.

The Graduate Opportunity

If you are  interested in a business role, 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 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.

As we recruit graduates into real jobs from day one, the types of roles available vary year on year.

Areas you could start in are:

  • Supply Chain
  • Logistics
  • Trading & Shipping
  • Operations
  • Procurement
  • Business Support

To be suitable for the scheme, you will need a minimum of a 2:1 degree, ideally in a numerate, engineering or science related subject, along with:

  • Commercial interest and aptitude
  • Ambition and personal motivation
  • The ability to work under pressure and with confidence
  • A drive for action, initiative and delivery - a ‘can-do’ attitude!
  • Excellent communication skills

To Apply:

For a career that could take you anywhere, please visit our website to download and complete an application form. This must then be saved and uploaded instead of your CV.

We are only able to consider candidates who are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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