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Operations Management (Brick & Block)

Salary notes: 
£27,000 per annum
Job/scheme locations: 
Derbyshire, 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. We currently employ in excess of 1,900 people… and we’re searching for our next generation of leaders!

The Role

Our Operations Management Graduate Programme within our brick and block business has been designed to make sure you develop all the necessary skills you’ll need to kickstart a successful career in the manufacturing industry.

During the scheme, you will be given complete exposure across our leading business practices within the brick and block business – with the opportunity to learn directly from experienced professionals on-site instead of the classroom.

The 24month scheme has been tailormade for you to evolve your knowledge and understand how all aspects of operations from technical and engineering, to leading operational people and projects affect our everyday business – while offering you the freedom to pursue your own path.

You’ll begin with an initial induction period before rotating across different teams, such as Production, Quality or Engineering, 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.

On successful completion of your scheme you’ll have covered all aspects of operations management which gives you plenty of options for your first permanent role whether that be in shift management, production management, quality assurance or engineering management.

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 that are eager to develop a multi- faceted skill set in operations management 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 materials science, engineering, industrial management, operations management or business management. 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)
  • Share Save Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free shared accommodation for your first year (at graduate house on-site)

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, West Midlands
Number of vacancies: 
Degree requirements: 
Skills required: 
manufacturing engineering, engineering, mechatronics, industrial management, materials science


Degree subjects accepted: 
Manufacturing engineering & related, Material sciences, Mechanical engineering & related