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Operations Management (Bison)

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

The Company

As a leading British manufacturer of iconic clay and concrete building products, Forterra’s highly respected brands are instantly recognised across the construction sector. We create bricks, blocks, precast concrete, paving and all sorts of other trusted building materials from an extensive network of 18 manufacturing sites around the country.

Part of Forterra, Bison Precast is an iconic and trusted brand within the construction industry with three manufacturing sites in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

We currently employ in excess of 1,900 people… and we’re always looking to cultivate the next generation of talent!

The Role

Our Bison Operations Management Graduate Scheme has been designed to make sure you develop all the necessary skills you’ll need to kickstart a successful career within Forterra’s pre-cast concrete business.

During the programme, you will be given complete exposure across the Bison business processes and with the opportunity to learn directly from experienced professionals on-site instead of the classroom. You’ll spend time learning the production processes for our many products such as hollowcore, jet floor, and beam and block.

The 24-month programme has been tailormade for you to evolve your knowledge and understand how the business operates from point of order, right through to installation.

You’ll begin with an initial induction period before rotating at six-month intervals between different functions, such as Engineering, Quantity Surveying and the wider commercial team, featuring a variety of live projects. You will learn how a site operates from the factory floor to operational management level, playing an important role in the implementation of key projects and striving to meet the objectives of our operational sites.

As one of our Graduates, you will be paired with a senior mentor who will guide you with qualified support and advice throughout the programme. To support your ongoing development, we’ll also expect you to complete a variety of business projects throughout the process, using the experience and insight gained during your placements to contribute towards your junior management consultant qualification.

The candidate

This is an ideal opportunity for a soon-to-be graduate looking to fast track their career while earning a competitive salary with some amazing benefits. As part of our unique programme, we are looking for focused, motivated and enthusiastic individuals to help us stay ahead of the game and lead us towards further success in the future.

You’ll need to have gained or be studying toward a degree in a relevant discipline such as construction management, quantity surveying or civil engineering. We want pro-active people who can take responsibility for any projects they are assigned. You’ll also need to possess excellent IT and presentation skills and be able to communicate with staff at all levels.  You will also hold a full UK driving licence and flexibility to travel across the country if required.


  • Discretionary Annual bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Car provision if required
  • 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Free shared accommodation for your first year (at graduate house on-site)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Share Save Scheme

Next Steps

  • Submit applications by: 31 January 2020
  • Telephone interview: Early/Mid February 2020
  • Assessment Centre: Early March 2020

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More about this vacancy

Start date: 
September 2020
East Midlands
Number of vacancies: 
Degree requirements: 
Skills required: 
degrees: construction management, Quantity surveying, engineering
Degree subjects accepted: 
Quantity surveying