Graduate Management Trainee Programme (Operations)

Nationwide Opportunities inclu
A competitive salary
17 May 2019
14 Jun 2019
Mr Ben Hopkins
Job Function
General Manager
Contract Type
Part Time

Set your career in the right direction by following the Graduate Management Trainee Programme.

Here at Compass we are looking to partner with talented graduates who have a passion for delivering high quality food and service, together with the aptitude and drive to develop into our leaders of the future.

As part of our program, you will get real job experience across all aspects of managing business in a market leading catering provider including retail, fine dining, guest services and events management. From providing quality food in our corporate sector to delivering world class sporting and leisure events –and much more besides. You’ll get the chance to develop the skills needed to make a head start on your career journey in a truly global company.  

Applications are currently being accepted for our Graduate Management Trainee Programme (Ops) commencing in October 2019.

We will be conducting Assessment Centre’s for this program in mid-June 2019.


Package description

What we can offer you:

In addition to wealth of experience and skills that you will gain across multiple aspect of our FTSE 100 Company, you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of £23k (up to £25k for London based roles)

  • Continuous learning both on the job and course based

  • Dedicated inspirational mentor

  • Ongoing program support from our central team

  • A kick-start for your future career in Operations Management

Main responsibilities

What should you expect?

Our Graduate Management Trainee Programme is a two-year rotational scheme which provides recent graduates with the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills across all of our functions and sectors, developing them into the future leaders of our business operations.

You will hit the ground running with opportunities to be out in our business doing real work, making a difference and learning on the job from day one.

Across your 24 months you will rotate into 4 different areas of our business; each 6-month rotation will allow you to absorb the key skills and gain experience across some of the many and varied roles within our operations at our client sites and across our central functions.

The rotations will be across a number of our business sectors which will offer you coveted experience in different aspect of business, this could include anything from delivering outstanding restaurant experiences, supporting high profile sporting events and feeding thousands of school children, patients, workers and military personnel, to delivering warm welcomes, clean buildings and safe environments.

Whilst most of your continued learning will be on the job, we also provide a structured learning programme including, project management, career planning and presentation skills. All the time supported by your dedicated mentor, who will be on hand to help you to navigate your journey.

The programme is designed to set you up to be one of our outstanding Operations Managers; they run single units, multi-sites and even multi-service contracts, making commercial decisions and working directly with our clients and senior leaders.  They bring out the best in people; inspiring our teams and supporting them to achieve the highest quality and service standards.  Plus they're ideas people, with great energy and a relentless obsession for perfection. We like that.  In operations, the opportunities to work in exciting locations - here or across the global Compass family - are simply endless.

Ideal candidate

What can you bring?

If you have graduated within the last two years and you are enthusiastic, driven and passionate about delivering great food and service, then we want to hear from you. What you should bring:

  • 2:2 Degree or above (obtained within the last 2 years)

  • An appetite to be part of the food and hospitality industry

  • Has a collaborative approach with the ability to build relationships

  • Commercially aware and a desire for a future role within Operations Management

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Highly motivated, with great attention to detail

  • Ability to develop new ideas and see them through to completion.

  • A willingness and capacity to relocate in the UK if required – we will aim to minimise geographic moves but to take advantage of the many great opportunities you should be open to moving location.

Compass is continually working to ensure that we are a diverse and inclusive employer. We are committed to giving our people the safest and fairest environment to work in, the best industry training and the opportunity to build meaningful and rewarding long-term careers.


About the company

Who are we?

Compass is the UK and Ireland’s No.1 food and support services provider and part of the worldwide Compass Group which has over half a million employees globally. Our people are both front of house and behind the scenes at around 15,000 locations, from oil rigs to race courses, from boardrooms to classrooms, from hospitals to barracks.

Our people are the foundation of our business; and attracting, retaining and developing great people is absolutely crucial to our success. We’re a family of more than 50,000 individuals across the UK & Ireland all focused on thinking, creating and delivering great things to brighten every day for our clients and their customers.

The future is exciting, disruptive and full of opportunity and we are committed to constantly raising our game in every way and always improving what we do - day in, day out.

Where could this take you?

Our Graduate Programme will provide the key skills, behaviours and experience needed for you to open doors for your future career in Operations and to play a leading role in managing and developing our business.

For more information about Compass please visit or click on the button above to Apply for this role

Closing Date: New extended date of 28th May 2019


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