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Graduate Job Management Trainee

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: ScotGrad – Graduate Placements for Growing Businesses
Reference: tsgpp2fhk
Salary: £19,000  

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Management Trainee


BSW Timber

Role Description

BSW Timber has grown considerably over the last five years and in order to equip the Boat of Garten site for the future and to build on recent training investment, the project will aim to address a number of key improvements as identified below.

  • Improve control and flow of raw material intake and quality control
  • Improve stock control and utilisation of raw material
  • Improve the flow of information from raw material to product realisation
  • Improve skills and communication within site production planning function

The Graduate will be expected to work on projects in each of the listed areas where full support and mentoring will be ongoing.  At the end of each project the trainee will deliver a small presentation back to the Mill Manager and Mentoring Group, helping BSW find new ways to improve and progress the Saw Milling procedures, keeping them at the forefront of the industry, giving the candidate the opportunity to develop their professional skills whilst learning the importance of why and how BSW embed quality into everything they do, giving them the freedom to achieve their full potential.

As part of the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands, the candidate will benefit from support from a team within Highlands and Islands Enterprise and also access training focussed on employability and business skills, including a five day residential course. This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.

Skills and Qualifications


  • Good analytical skills and problem solving ability
  • Full and clean UK Driving Licence
  • Degree in either: Engineering; Business Management; Project Management
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent IT literacy
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Leadership qualities
  • Enthusiasm to learn new skills and to apply them in a different environment
  • Willing to live in a rural community and flexibility to move across the UK


  • Knowledge of process plant control in a manufacturing environment
  • At least 12 months work placement in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of any production planning processes

Company Information

BSW Timber is the largest sawmilling business in Great Britain and the company's foundations go back to 1848, giving us over  160 years of experience.

BSW sawmills are located throughout the UK, at Fort William, Boat of Garten, Petersmuir, Dalbeattie, Carlisle and Newbridge-on-Wye in Wales and we have one sawmill in Riga, Latvia.  Group Headquarters remain in the town of Earlston in Berwickshire, where the business originated. Today the firm employs 900 people in the UK and Latvia; turnover is in excess of £170 million. Customer service centres at Carlisle, Dalbeattie, and Newbridge and Fort William mills ensure that all their customers receive specialised and dedicated help - consistently.

In November 2009 BSW Timber announced the acquisition of Howie Forest Products and Howie Group Ltd, increasing its strategically located sawn timber capacity to more than one million m3 per annum.

BSW Timber continue to invest in our manufacturing facilities and technology and in market research, product and market development, bringing new opportunities to their customers using both UK and Latvian fiber. They are continually looking at ways to improve product availability and customer service.  BSW provide a wide range of timber to many industries of which it will be used for: Cladding, fencing, DIY, Landscape Timber, Pallets and Packaging, Decking and for a wide range of construction projects.


Boat of Garten, Highlands and Islands

Closing date 

12th July 2012

Placement Start Date



£19,000 p. a.


12 months

Location: Scotland

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