Having studied Business management at the University of East Anglia, I was keen to put my learning into practice and seek a career within a fast paced commercial environment, offering continual development and progression along the way.
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Having joined JJS Manufacturing on the graduate scheme a little over four years ago I now work as a Senior Account Manager. Like many graduates I left university seeking a career with good scope for progression and the graduate opportunities at JJS have offered exactly that.
So far the JJS commercial graduate scheme has been a great experience; learning all areas of the business has broadened my knowledge and understanding of manufacturing. I was attracted to the role because of the wide range of training opportunities and further study.
So far my first year on the graduate scheme has been a whirlwind experience in terms of support, personal development and business understanding. Year one of the scheme is split into four stages which has given me the opportunity to experience and understand all areas of the business.
So now you have heard from some of our past and present graduates let us tell you a little bit more about what we have to offer. Our commercial graduate scheme provides an ideal platform for you to develop a breadth of skills combining work experience with a funded Post Graduate qualification. During the two year programme you will spend time at each of our three sites which are located in Bedford, Lutterworth and Chomutov in Czech Republic.
We expose you to all parts of our business including procurement, sales, engineering and manufacturing. We expect you to understand our business inside out and make no apologies for this. After all, how else will you be able to seek out new opportunities and help us continuously improve? We have no intention of standing still as a business and we want people with the same vision to join us. Does that sound like you?
Our programme provides you with career progression with targeted objectives and rewards to match. On successful completion you will take up a role within our Commercial Team based at our manufacturing facility in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
Our competitive salary starts at £20K and upon successful achievement of objectives during the two year programme rises up to £22K. In addition we offer a pension scheme, subsidised gym membership, generous holiday entitlement and flexible working hours. We remain committed to your personal development and you will receive 6 monthly performance reviews whilst on the programme so we can identify, and implement, any Continuing Professional Development needs.
Traditionally we advertise in June each year, however in 2017 we will be accepting 'early bird' applications from the 1st March 2017. When we have positions available you can apply for them on-line by visiting our current vacancies page, which you can also view here. First interviews take place during July and second interviews early August. Final decisions will be made and offer letters sent out by mid August. Those that have been successful in their application will start our scheme at the beginning of October.
To be successful, you will hold a degree or equivalent (2:1 or above). You will be highly motivated and a proactive team player who has a record of achievement throughout your educational career. You need to be self-sufficient, self-confident and capable of putting forward your ideas with well thought through justifications. With an eye for detail you will be adept in planning and organising yourself and have the ability to meet deadlines and solve problems. Flexibility to work at both UK sites is essential as is the ability to travel more widely when required.
So now you know a little bit more about us, do we sound like the right type of company for you?