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Company Profile - Exel


Exel is the global leader in supply chain management, providing customer-focused solutions to a wide range of manufacturing, retail and consumer industries.

Exel's comprehensive range of innovative logistics solutions encompasses the entire supply chain from design and consulting through freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution services to integrated information management and e-commerce support.

Career Opportunities

Exel operates a flexible graduate programme, allowing graduates to develop management experience through placements in real roles across the business. Graduates can gain experience across many aspects of the logistics industry, from transport and freight forwarding, to warehousing and distribution service.

The programme provides excellent opportunities for career development and allows graduates to explore a wide variety of different opportunities, both nationally and internationally.

Training and Development

Graduates are required to complete 3 placements across the company, allowing them to gain first-hand experience in real jobs.

Support and development is provided through group events and with experienced line managers and mentors. The graduate development programme encompasses five core modules, run both in-house and also by an external provider, delivered to achieve fundamental management principles and key management skills, across a 12 month period.

The programme is designed to stretch graduates and make them think creatively around real issues which can have implications on the business, our people and our client base.

What we look for

The selection process looks for articulate individuals who can think on their feet, use their individuality and creativity within the business, whilst understanding the complexity and consistency of the supply chain.

Exel is looking for graduates who demonstrate key qualities such as empathy, good communication and the ability to cope with pressure and with an understanding of the ambiguity of the nature of the business.

A 2.1 degree preferred within a Logistics, Supply Chain / Business Management or related discipline.

Geographic and environmental flexibility is a must, as well as a willingness to work abroad.

Fluency in a second European language would be a distinct advantage in most Sectors and is an essential requirement within our Healthcare Sector.

The ability to handle pressure and multi-task, with a demonstration of leadership potential.

A positive 'can-do' attitude, with the flexibility to adapt to change.

A basic understanding of the logistics industry and the willingness to learn more.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to build and maintain working relationships.

Case Studies

Andrew Hedgecock - BSc (Hons) Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and Marketing Studies
Exel Graduate Management Programme

After leaving school, I went to the University of Salford for 4 years to study for an Bachelor of Science Degree in Modern Languages and Marketing where I obtained a 2:1 Honours degree. I joined Exel two months after leaving university and have not looked back since.

Obviously having done a languages degree I had spent a significant amount of time abroad prior to joining Exel, and wanted to continue moving about both from country to country and within the UK. Exel was to provide me with the platform to do this, at the same time as providing me with an excellent training programme and developing my leadership skills, whilst paying a competitive salary.

After applying for the job on the Exel website, I went through a gruelling selection process comprising of an initial telephone interview, followed by two assessment centres and a final interview. Just over a week after my final interview I received a call telling me that I had been successful, and that I could start with the company three weeks later.

Graduates are spread out across all sectors and as such, the customers you will work with depend on the sector that you work in. Having said that, there is scope for you to move across sectors, and in many circumstances it is actually encouraged to do so, in order that you can see how other business units operate. I started with, and continue to work in, the Industrial sector.

Throughout my time with Exel I have had the opportunity to work on several high-profile contracts whilst at the same time taking part on a graduate training scheme that really is second to none. The company is totally committed to the development of its future leaders, and the programme has the full backing of senior management (many of whom started on the graduate scheme!). The programme combines between 2 and 4 operational

How to apply

Solstice House
251 Midsummer Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes
Tel : 01908 244000

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