Operations Graduate Programme (Hemel Hempstead, UK)

Smiths Group

Maylands Avenue, HP2 7DE, Hemel Hempstead, UK

About the role

About Smiths Group


Smiths Detection safeguards people, business and infrastructure with the latest innovations in screening technology. We are a leader in the detection and identification of security threats and contraband. With experience in airport security and advancing digital capabilities for monitoring ports and borders, Smiths Detection is helping make the world a safer place.


We are part of Smiths Group a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange and part of the FTSE 100. We apply leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and deliver innovative solutions that meet our customers’ needs. Our products and services – often hidden from view – touch the lives of millions of people every day. We serve a wide range of end markets – from healthcare, energy and petrochemicals through to threat and contraband detection, telecommunications and equipment manufacture. 


With 22,000 people in more than 50 countries, we offer opportunities as diverse as our workforce. We seek out our future leaders and provide them with the development tools and opportunities they need to make them – and Smiths – successful. People are our one true source of sustainable competitive advantage and we are building a learning organisation that attracts, retains, develops, engages and inspires the very best talent.



The Programme


During our two-year operations programme, you will learn about a wide variety of areas that are vital to our success, it spans the logistical, manufacturing and technical processes. You will complete a minimum of four rotations, which may include an overseas assignment in one of our manufacturing centres. Smiths will also support you to gain further qualifications, such as Six Sigma or APIX.


Typical placements include procurement/supply chain, integrated business planning and manufacturing engineering, complimented by commercial rotations such as sales and service.


As well as the programme placements, there will be the opportunity to work on stretch projects to further develop your understanding of our business as well as developing the soft skills you will need to succeed. As part of a Smiths-wide global graduate network, you will get to know our graduates from the different divisions and functions located worldwide to share learning experiences and create a network.


You will be supported by a graduate programme manager throughout the two-year programme to ensure that you reach your potential and have the skills you need to soar in the organisation.


About You


·        A minimum 100 points, 2:1 or GPA 3.5, ideally in a STEM degree discipline

·        Strong interest in operations and business

·        A desire to problem-solve and innovate

·        Committed and able to work in a changing environment

·        Strong relationship skills

·        Self-starter and self-sufficient - will hit the ground running

·        Strong desire to work across a global business


Your employment will be dependent upon your permanent legal right to work in the United Kingdom without any additional approvals. Proof of such a legal right must be provided before the commencement of your employment. You hereby warrant that you are entitled to work in the United Kingdom without any additional approvals and that you will notify the Company immediately if you cease to be so entitled at any time during your employment with the same.


We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what makes a company flourish. Smiths welcomes all applicants regardless of race, gender, orientation, sexual identity, economic class, disability, age, religious beliefs or status. We’re proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we embrace diversity.


Applicant Privacy Policy


Smiths Group will use your details for the purpose of processing your application for a role with us. If you are unsuccessful in your application, we will retain your information for a maximum of 2 years. Please be aware that your information may be transferred to Smiths Group offices worldwide for the purpose of meeting our national and international recruitment needs. We may share your information with third parties, who will process the data solely under Smiths Group instruction, for our recruitment purposes.


Please see our Applicant Privacy statement (https://www.smiths.com/-/media/files/smiths-privacy-notice-applicants.ashx) for more information about our collection and use of your personal data.

Interested in this role?


Application deadline
03/Jan/2020
Start date
07/Sep/2020
Work type
Full-Time