Operations Management Industrial Placement Scheme

by Gist Ltd

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14th February 2022
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Logistics and Operations

Operations Management Industrial Placement Scheme

Grab the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience and a strong start to your future career with our Operations Management Industrial Placement Scheme.

  • You’ll join us as a Team Manager at one of our 18 UK-wide operational depots, taking responsibility for managing a shift and a team of up to 30 people from day 1, working within the Warehouse and Transport divisions
  • The environment is fast-paced and not your normal 9-5 and you will experience a full 24 hour operational cycle. You will be required to work shifts, nights and weekends in order to ensure that our operation continues to deliver for our customer. You could be in our fridges at 2am on a Saturday night ensuring that our customers are getting their product, or liaising with our drivers to make sure our vehicles are meeting deadlines and have agreed routes around the UK that will reach our customers, in good time
  • You will gain opportunities throughout your placement year to gain further experience in some of the wider business functions; Business Solutions, our Network Planning Centre or Global Freight


Are you looking for a placement as part of your four or five year sandwich-degree course? If you’re a driven and engaging penultimate-year university student and fit the following criteria, you’re perfect for this scheme:

  • You could be placed at any one of our UK sites and so geographic mobility is essential, as well as the possession of a full driving license and a car
  • You thrive in fast paced and challenging environments, which will see you succeed when pushed out of your comfort zone
  • You are a credible, engaging and a driven natural leader who is able to take a team on a journey with a shared goal
  • You proactively look to transform, adapt and improve things around you. You want to exceed expectations
  • Change isn’t a scary word for you. You thrive on new challenges, new people and pick things up quickly and effectively
  • People are your focus and you roll your sleeves up when a team needs to come together


Throughout your time with Gist you will receive training and development in order to set you up for success. The programmes are designed to equip you with the knowledge, best practice, skills and techniques to develop your capabilities. This will be delivered in conjunction with your regular progress meetings to ensure you are working towards a career plan that meets your needs and aspirations.

  • You will receive a salary of £19,000
  • If you have a successful year with us, you will have the opportunity to join us on one of our Graduate Schemes
  • You will be allocated a mentor who will be a senior manager in our business and will offer support and guidance on your career within Gist
  • We know that moving can be worrying and stressful– we give you time to find the right place and pay for up to two weeks in a hotel near your new site
  • Whether it’s personal or professional, the Employee Assistance Helpline offers counselling, financial and legal advice as well as an online health portal
  • 25 days holiday
  • Discretionary performance-related bonus scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Healthcare
  • My Benefits – offering great discounts across retail and leisure outlets


At Gist, we pride ourselves in transforming supply chains, with a proven track record spanning 50 years. Our vision is to deliver industry leading logistics and supply chain transformation for the benefit of our customers and shareholders. Our customers include Starbucks, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and 2 Sisters Food Group. With people and safety at the heart of everything we do, we are; progressive, accountable, collaborative and ethical.

We are always focused on developing our people to enable them to reach their full potential and our Early Careers Schemes are designed to create our future business leaders. If you have the drive, aspiration and flexibility required, we can offer excellent development opportunities to ensure you build a successful and rewarding career with Gist.

“The Gist Graduate and Industrial Placement schemes are designed for high calibre, ambitious individuals who are serious about rapid career development. The schemes enable people to experience working for a wide range of our customers, whilst developing their business and people management skills within a structured development scheme.”
Michael Chambers, CEO.


We are keen to ensure our selection process gives you a clear insight into our business, and most importantly offers you a good understanding of what life is like on the Industrial Placement Scheme at Gist.

1. Press the apply button and complete our online application form
2. If successful you will then complete a 20 minute video interview where we will get to know you, understand why you’re interested in Gist and hear about why you’d be a great fit for us
3. Following a successful video interview, we will invite you to one of our virtual insight days where you will get the opportunity to learn more about Gist, meet our people and complete some interactive assessments
4. If we think you show potential, you will be invited to our final stage assessment centre at one of our depots. Throughout this day, you’ll show us why you should be on one of our schemes
Please be aware that in order to be successful you need to be available for one of the virtual insight days (taking place in November, January and February) and one of our assessment centres on-site (taking place in November, February and March) and be able to start the role in September 2022.

Deadline for applications: Monday 14th February 2022

Gist is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a selection process that allows candidates to demonstrate their full potential. If you require a particular adjustment to be made to allow you to fully participate in our recruitment process, please contact our Graduate Recruitment team at graduates@gistworld.com

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