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British Sugar Plc

British Sugar Plc

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Overview

British Sugar Plc is a part of the British Sugar Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. The company has operations in ten countries in Europe, Africa and China and subsidiary company operations across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Worldwide, the company employs more than 42,000 people across numerous business and factory units. Apart from sugar, the company produces animal feed, tomatoes, bio-fuels, electricity, top soil and stones used in construction.

Graduate Jobs

Engineering:

The training-cum-work experience programme is a factory-based placement running over 18 months after which trainees are ready to step into a shift leader role. This covers full responsibility for the entire facility and operations during the assigned shift. All trainees are paired with a coach and mentor who monitor performance and provide guidance and support as and when necessary. Performance reviews are conducted every six months against a set of predetermined objectives and business goals.

Science:

Trainees are responsible for providing technical support to ensure factory operations run as required; analyse data and effect process changes as and when necessary based on the data analysis. Each trainee is assigned a dedicated coach and mentor and performance appraisals are conducted every six months.

Agriculture:

Trainees in this programme will be placed in areas dealing with the cultivation and harvesting of beet, transport of the crop to the factory for processing and conversion into sugar and other by-products. Upon completion of training, placements are made in the R and D, business or agricultural communications’ departments.

Business:

Graduate trainees in the business programme are based in the head office at Peterborough and undergo a two year programme of formal training at the Development Centre and placements in all departments at the office, such as marketing, purchasing, sales, supply chain, etc.

Trainees who are successful in completing the training programme are assigned a junior management role in any of the company’s business units, based on their skills and performance during the placements. All business trainees are paired up with a mentor and a buddy to help and support them through the programme and beyond.

Finance:

Trainees in the British Sugar Finance Scheme are exposed to business operations across the ten countries where the company has a presence, over a period of 30 months. This includes studying for and completing the CIMA qualifications, training on understanding the business and personal development, to emerge as a Management Accountant at the end of 30 months.

 

Information Technology:

The trainees spend the first few months getting a thorough foundation in basic process and technology tools used in British Sugar and the appropriate business skills to interact with technical and non-technical peers within the business and external partners. The initial placement is in the Applications Support department in a development support role, followed by data analysis and development of new applications benefitting the business.

Internships & Placements

British Sugar offers twelve month industrial work experience schemes in the engineering, science and agriculture divisions. Within engineering, internships are offered in mechanical and process engineering. Students attending the mechanical and process engineering placements will be initially based at Peterborough and thereafter at factories located in East Midlands and East Anglia.

Mechanical Engineering:

The programme consists of hands-on experience working in factories where a power plant, food processing and chemical processing units operate. Interns will work on analysing equipment and processes and suggest improvements and development to enhance operations.

Process Engineering: Interns will be involved in process analysis, system design, financial and production optimisation, plant commissioning and related activities.

Science:

Interns work on projects aimed at enhancing the business or resolving recurrent problems.

Agriculture:

Interns will be placed within the agriculture division, dealing with farmers and providing R&D, technical and business support. Activities include trials, commissioning, making presentations and demonstrations on the latest agricultural techniques and equipment and related activities.

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For more information on apprenticeships at British, head over to their site.

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Salary & Benefits

Engineering:

A joining bonus of £1,500 with a starting salary of £30,000 (reviewed twice a year); financial assistance for relocation and completing professional qualifications including ‘chartered’ status; contributory pension scheme; flexible benefits package; and 21 days of annual vacation, increasing to 26 days after 12 months of service and an additional eight statutory holidays.

Science:

Trainees receive a joining bonus of £1,500 and a competitive salary package. Benefits include assistance for relocation, professional qualifications and earning Chartered Chemist credentials. Other benefits are the same as mentioned for engineering graduate trainees.

Agriculture:

As above for science graduates with assistance provided for obtaining FACTS and BASIS certification.

Business:

Trainees receive a joining bonus of £1,500, a competitive salary, assistance for relocation and commercial training, in addition to the pension, holiday and flexible benefits offered at the company level to all employees.

Finance:

As above, plus financial support for completing CIMA qualifications and achieving ‘chartered’ status.

 

Information Technology:

Salary, bonus and benefits are similar to the other programmes and the company provides support for completing technical qualifications and certifications in IT.

 

Industrial Placements:

All interns in the four schemes receive a salary of £20,000 during the placement year.

Requirements

The graduate recruitment programme is offered in six variants—engineering, agriculture, science, business, information technology and finance. Individual programme requirements are listed below:

Engineering:

A 2:1 or higher degree in Chemistry or Engineering in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical or Process discipline. Candidates must be willing to relocate at any point of the training programme and complete professional qualification requirements as necessary.

Science:

A 2:1 or higher degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Applied Chemistry with work experience in a placement scheme or vacation job being an added advantage; other requirements as above for the engineering scheme.

Agriculture:

Candidates should have obtained a degree or HND qualifications in business, agricultural or biological sciences’ disciplines.

Business:

A 2:1 or higher degree in any discipline with strong analytical, organisational, leadership and communication skills.

Finance:

A 2:1 or higher degree in any discipline with strong analytical, organisational, leadership and communication skills.

Information Technology:

A 2:1 degree in any discipline with an understanding of systems and technology and business principles.

Industrial Placement Schemes:

Current students within the engineering, science and agricultural streams, looking to complete their industrial work experience requirements. All interns should hold a full, valid UK driving license. Interns in the process engineering scheme should be studying for a degree in chemical engineering or related disciplines. Interns for the placement in agriculture will be currently studying for a degree in agriculture, biological sciences or other related disciplines.

Apprentices:

Candidates must be aged 16 or older with five GCSE grades (C and above), inclusive of English, Science and Mathematics.

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Apply

Application forms for graduate schemes, industrial placements and apprenticeship programmes can be accessed at https://static.wcn.co.uk/company/britishsugar/grad_se.html.

Applicants need to register by providing a valid email address, username and password the first time they access the above link. The form can be filled in one session or in parts, provided the ‘submit’ button is not clicked and information is saved page-by-page.

The application form consists of situational and competency-based questions, which are evaluated against preset requirements.

Candidates whose applications are accepted will be asked to complete a round of online testing and candidates clearing this round will be interviewed over the telephone. Shortlisted candidates will attend an assessment centre which is conducted over one to two days and is comprised of a written exercise, role play, individual presentation, group activities and several interviews covering technical, behavioural and competency profiles. All candidates will also undertake a factory tour as part of the assessment process.

Any queries or issues can be discussed with the recruitment team via telephone at 0173 342 2570 or via email to graduate.recruitment@britishsugar.com.