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About Gist

At Gist, we pride ourselves in transforming supply chains, with a proven track record spanning 50 years. Our vision is to be our customers’ first choice for logistics, innovation, excellence and partnership.

Gist’s unique proposition lies in our expertise in transforming large-scale end-to-end supply chains for our food retailer customers – from farm to factory, production to distribution centre and delivery to supermarket, convenience store or restaurant .

Gist has a national network of strategically placed sites and the largest temperature controlled transport fleet in the UK. This winning combination enables Gist's customers to reduce their environmental impact and deliver the best possible experience to their customers, every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Our reach extends globally. Through our control tower capability, Gist solves problems for customers in the increasingly complex and demanding world of global supply chains- moving chilled, perishable, ambient and hazardous products by air, sea and land. Our customers include Starbucks, EAT, Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Morrisons and 2 Sisters Food Group.

Graduate Schemes

The Gist Graduate schemes are designed to create our future business leaders. We currently have three schemes available; the Operations Management Graduate Scheme, working within our Warehouses and Transport divisions in your first year and gaining opportunities to experiences our wider business functions in your second year. The Project Management Graduate Scheme, working within our Head Office Business Solutions teams and the Human Resources Graduate Scheme based in our Operation at one of our depots. No matter which scheme you are on, we offer a structured but uniquely tailored schedule of placements that support your individual progression and development. As you progress through the scheme, we ensure you are rewarded by managing larger teams and taking on greater challenges, as well as through a progressive, competitive salary and benefits package. 

You will be allocated a buddy a few months ahead of you joining to help you get settled into life at Gist. You will also be allocated a mentor from our senior management structure, who will be there to offer support and guidance on your career development for the duration of your time on the scheme.

Undergraduate Schemes

Our Operations Management Industrial Placement Scheme offers you a 12 month placement in our fast-paced operations business. Available to penultimate year students looking for an industrial placement as part of their four or five year sandwich-degree course. Put your academic knowledge into context and be better prepared on graduation to kick-start your career in your chosen field. 

The 12 month scheme offers a unique, hands-on experience of working at Gist. This is underpinned by a tailored shadowing and development scheme to allow you to get the most from your placement, whilst learning new skills in people management and business awareness. 

It doesn't stop there - if you have a successful year with us, you will have the opportunity to be fast-tracked onto our Graduate Scheme!

“The variety of my role and exposure to the business is second to none. You are immersed in projects taking place across the network and you can have a real impact.”
Josh, Project Management Graduate 2015-16

“No day is ever the same. Each day brings a fresh challenge, helping to drive your development and give ownership of performance“
Sam, Logistics Management Industrial Placement 2015-16

"HR placement students are given a huge amount of responsibility from the outset. I genuinely feel that I have been able to make a difference in critical areas of the business, from system implementations to employee engagement"
Abbie, Human Resources Industrial Placement 2016-17

"Gist has a clear focus on the people within its organisation, with a hugely positive working environment and wide range of opportunities available. One thing I enjoy the most about the role is the variety, no two days are ever the same"
Ollie, Business & Strategy Industrial Placement 2016-17

Organisation Locations

Barnsley, Bedworth, Bristol, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Chineham, Crewe, Coventry, Cumbernauld, Enfield, Faversham, Hemel Foods, Hemel International, Hemel Maylands, Motherwell, Portbury, Spalding, Thatcham (Candidates must be flexible and willing to relocate across the UK.

For more information, please get in touch with our team at

Gist is a member of the Linde Group.


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