Graduate Development Programme

Pave the way for the next generation of success

Our business is built upon our relationships with each other, our customers and our communities and by joining our graduate programme you’ll support us in achieving our purpose to create a world without waste to preserve our planet. To accomplish this we band together to create an environment where individual strengths are leveraged and different perspectives are embraced so all our employees feel that their efforts make a difference. We empower our employees to make the tough choices and accept and expect accountability. We consistently look to stay ahead of the curve and thereby encourage creative thinking, challenge existing traditions and aim to exceed our customer expectations. We care like a family but act like a community, inspiring others with passion to lead by example and with consistency. We also celebrate individual accomplishments, smile and have fun along the way.

About the Business

Sims Metal is a business division of Sims Limited, a global leader in metal and electronics recycling and an emerging leader in the municipal recycling and renewable energy industries. We have built up over 100 years expertise in metals recycling and can lead the way in technology development to achieve higher recycling and recovery rates. With more than 200 facilities and operations in 15 countries, Sims Metal plays an intrinsic role in the circular economy by making resources available for future use. As a responsible corporate citizen, we continuously seek new ways to broaden our participation in the environmental sector.

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About Our Programme

The Graduate Development Programme has two paths: Operations or Engineering. In this structured, rotational development programme, you will be exposed to all aspects of the metals recycling industry that relate to the path you choose.

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Across both paths you will have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and be empowered to make value-based decision as you immerse yourself in a variety of capital projects, new equipment installation/commissioning and continuous/process improvement initiatives across our UK operations.

Through these projects/rotations, you will gain exposure to, and knowledge about, the various functional departments within Sims Metal, such as engineering, production, logistics, safety and finance. This integrated approach will provide diverse experiences across the work environments at Sims Metal, including significant time working outside with the operational teams and developing experience through proximity to our complex processing equipment.

Have You Got What it Takes

To be successful in this challenging position you will:

  • Have or be on course to achieve a 2:1 or above in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical), Economics, Manufacturing, Logistics or Operations management.
  • Be able to effectively communicate in English
  • Be a self-starter; able to work independently, accept and expect accountability; open to learning and highly motivated.
  • Know how to earn trust, inspire respect and communicate.
  • Have an inquiring mind; resourceful approach and contribute new ideas.
  • Leverage the strength of a team whilst embracing different perspectives.
  • Have excellent customer service skills complimented by your keen eye for detail and a never-ending commitment to delivering results.

You will be assigned to a primary location but; flexibility is important, as you’ll be expected to be geographically mobile as you could be assigned to different locations globally for special projects.


Whilst participating in the Graduate Development programme, you will be paired with a mentor who will provide you with insight, knowledge, support and guidance. You will also receive interactive, hands-on training, as well as a series of blended learning modules that will help develop and strengthen your professional knowledge and skills.

Your hard work and contribution will be recognised with a competitive salary of around £28,500pa, plus a joining bonus of £2,000 on successful completion of probationary period.

Why Work for Sims?

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Towards the end of your programme you will be supported in your first leadership role, where you will build on what you’ve learnt and discover how to lead a team.  After completing the programme, you will commence a challenging yet rewarding role, where you will continue to be prepared for future leadership roles within the business; that allow you to contribute to Sims success while continuing to grow professionally.

Discovery are our recruitment partners and will be your point of contact for the duration of this campaign. The assessment process has a number of stages, including CV screening, a Fact Find call, Telephone Interview, Assessment Day, Testing and a Final Assessment with Sims Metals. Following receipt of your application, a member of the Discovery team will be in contact.

Please note we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK and/or require sponsorship for employment visa status. During the recruitment process all candidates are required to prove they have this right with suitable documentation.

We believe everyone should be able to be at their best. We are an equal opportunity employer and value the benefit of a diverse workforce. If you feel that you may need additional support during the recruitment process to allow you to perform at your best, please contact the team at Discovery where we can discuss your requirements and do all we can to help.

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