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A rotational programme for Operational/Engineering Graduates to develop their leadership skills. 


Location: Nationwide

What you will be doing

This Graduate 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.

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

  • During the Graduate Programme You will gain exposure to, and knowledge about, the various functional departments within SMM, such as engineering, production, logistics, safety and finance. This integrated approach will provide diverse experiences across the work environments at SMM, including significant time working outside with the operational teams and developing experience through proximity to our complex processing equipment.
  • Towards the end of the Graduate 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 the Graduate Programme has finished 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.

What you will have

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.

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

Company benefits: £28,5000 salary • £2,000 bonus (upon completion of probation) • Career Progression • Professional training

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are SIMS

The world’s leading electronics and metal recycling company. We are global leaders in the secure and sustainable management of metals from industry, trade and the wider community.

We are listed in the Global Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

We are global leaders in the secure and sustainable management of metals from industry, trade and the wider community. With an annual turnover exceeding £5 billion and hundreds of sites across the world, our performance and leadership on environmental, social and governance policies has seen us listed as one of the Global Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the fourth year in a row. 

We operate from over 250 sites spanning five continents

In the UK, we have over 40 metals recycling sites. Globally, the business has over 90 years of experience in metals recycling and lead the way in technology development to achieve higher recycling and recovery rates.

You will be coached and mentored for success, having exposure to a world-class global business

You will also receive access to a variety of learning programs, online learning tools and resource materials designed to enhance your skills, knowledge and competency. Following completion of the program, you will receive meaningful assignments that will allow you to significantly contribute to Sims’ success while continuing to grow professionally.

Your hard work and contribution will be recognised

We have created 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 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. 

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