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Join our Trainee Recruitment Consultant Graduate Programme

Accelerate your career and reap the rewards within this fast-growing agency, as other grads have done before you.


How And Why You Should Apply


  • Total earnings of £30,000 - £35,000 including bonuses
  • Lucrative commission and bonus scheme  
  • Flexible working hours and company trips away
  • Up to 35 days of holiday

What you will be doing

We have a track record of developing our highly motivated graduates from Trainees all the way to Directors.

Our programme goes above and beyond the initial training 'Academy', with continual mentoring and development for years after. We have a number of opportunities for graduates who are interested in embarking on a 'professional' career in the industry, working within the corporate environment and headhunting for the worlds largest brands.

Our Graduate Academy is for those who have a passion for people and networking. During the first 12 months you will learn how to master the candidate aspect - searching core skill sets, competency interviewing, building relationships and managing the candidate through the interview process with our clients. Thereafter you will work with new clients, delivering our full services to them in a consultancy role.

  • You will search for candidates which meet our client requirements
  • You will conduct competency interview and create shortlists for clients
  • You will manage our clients' interview processes, 'brokering' the relationship between candidate and client
  • You will prepare candidates for interview, ensuring they are in the best possible position to secure the role
  • You will manage the job offer process to candidates, negotiating salary packages and ensuring the candidate starts the role as expected by the client.

What you will have

We are currently hiring graduates for an immediate start date.

We expect a lot from our people – but tend to attract and retain individuals who expect a lot from their careers too. Whilst there is no set formula for what makes a successful Trainee, an interest in business and commerce, the ability to communicate intelligently and articulately at all levels, and a passion for people and networking are all a great start.

You must have strong English language skills to apply for this role, as clear communication underpins all duties and responsibilities.

Some form of previous commercially-orientated work experience would be beneficial, but is by no means a prerequisite. As long as you fit the requirements below, we want to hear from you:

  • You are degree qualified or equivalent
  • You are hard working, determined and motivated by working in a professional environment surrounded by like-minded people 
  • You are articulate, direct and confident
  • You are an outgoing personality with confidence in networking environments
  • You have demonstrable organisation skills
  • You have a commercial outlook and understanding of the Recruitment industry
  • You have an interest in the corporate world of business news
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Your first year at 1st Executive

Meet Samir, Account Development Manager

"I’ve done incredibly well and developed so far, compared to where I thought I would be in the short time I’ve been here."

Where You Will Be


Onwards to our company and culture…

We are 1st Executive

Our in-depth industry knowledge and total focus on delivering success to our clients has cemented our status as a leading provider of talent to the Procurement and Supply Chain sector.

Our Culture


Our Culture - What we do

Since our launch in 2003, our highly successful delivery and loyal client base has propelled 1st Executive to the forefront of Procurement and Supply Chain recruitment. Over 14 years, we have established respected, long-term relationships with the procurement functions of some of the worlds largest corporations: Shell, BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Balfour Beatty, John Lewis, Royal Mail, RBS, GSK, British American Tobacco, Barclays, KPMG, Coca Cola and Tesco, to name a few.

Our reach is global - clients approach us across multiple industries, whilst the roles we fill vary from Analyst right up to corporate board level.

Starting in any job after graduating can be intimidating but our induction and training takes this into account, introducing you to the business and all of our employees so you have a firm foundation on which to start your 1st Executive career.

We are often complimented on 'how friendly, inclusive and collaborative the environment is' by our graduates, and our culture is driven by this strength, ensuring that you are quickly integrated into the team not just in work but also socially.

We offer some amazing benefits which promote a healthy working environment, from fresh breakfast and flexible working hours to longer lunch breaks once a week. As a reward for achieving, you can earn an additional 12 days holiday per year, taking the total to 35 plus bank holidays - and you get your birthday off!

Beyond that, it is our continuous mentoring programme designed to ensure you are constantly learning and developing which makes 1st Executive such an inclusive environment.

Our quarterly sales meetings celebrate both team and individual performances, with awards available across all levels of the business. The top performers every quarter get an afternoon off to eat at one of the UK's top restaurants, and of course there is the annual 5*, all-expenses-paid weekend away! Previous trips have been to Dubai, Berlin, Monaco, Prague and more, all with the focus on celebrating and rewarding personal and collaborative success.

We have a proven track record of training and developing graduates into highly successful professional recruitment consultants, who go on to form the cornerstone of our growth. A number of our graduate trainees have become senior members of staff, including Directors, playing key roles in the success, growth and direction of the business.

Training at 1stExecutive


Most of the training is conducted by the internal leadership team… not only around the recruitment process but also other areas of business.

After joining three years ago, I’m now a Senior Consultant managing a number of the key relationships within the business such as BP, Johnson & Johnson and CBRE.

Incentives & Benefits


Our Graduates - Who we are

Rebecca's Graduate Story


I created a clear progression plan with my directors, which enabled me to be promoted within nine months to Consultant.

Rebecca's graduate story.

  • Studied Graphic Design at University of Creative Arts in Farnham

  • Joined January 2016 as a Resourcer

  • Exceeded targets set and, as a result, was promoted to Consultant within nine months.

It matches what I wanted to do and how I wanted to approach the market and be different… I don’t want to be the same as everybody else.

Why 1stExecutive?


Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future


Gary Noble, Managing Director

1st Executive was started in 2003, but the story goes further back than that, as its founders met and planned their business together at university. Gary Noble and James Tucker identified a gap in the market where procurement and supply chain was becoming high on the strategic agenda in the FTSE 100 arena, and so 1st Executive was born.

We have two core principles which drive our success: total focus on ensuring the successful delivery of all requirements to clients, alongside an in-depth knowledge of the industry and access to the relevant networks that provide the best talent in procurement and supply chain.

Not happy with being the best in our sector, we are beginning a new marketing plan that aims to start conversations and cement our status as a thought-leader within the industry. This will include the creation of press releases, blogs, research papers and more, and our graduate talent will hopefully be a part of this in years to come.

1st Executive works on a three-year growth plan cycle, allowing us to work towards the same common goal across all levels of the business. Our graduate programme allows us to take on top talent that will become the future stars of the company.

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