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Commercial Support Graduate Programme 2022

What is on offer?

The Alfred H Knight Commercial Support Graduate Programme is the perfect start for a graduate looking to develop their skills and build a long-term career with a Company at the forefront of the TIC (Testing, Inspection, Certification) industry, operating within the metals, minerals and solid fuel sectors. Based at our Headquarters in Prescot, Liverpool, the role will involve a one-year development programme. During which you will spend time learning about AHK, working within, and gaining an understanding of our business in its entirety.

Part of the Group Commercial Department, the Business Planning & Analysis team are business navigators that help drive the right strategic choices to maximise profitable and long-term growth. We work with colleagues across the business to ensure that decisions taken about where to deploy company resources are informed by the broader market context and aligned to group strategy. Supporting the group, divisionally, geographically, and functionally, our principal responsibilities include market research analysis, market planning, pipeline management, commercial business case support, tender bid support, and sales analysis and reporting. The company is at the cusp of its digital transformation as such the vision for our team is to provide the “data fuel” into the engine that supports and delivers valuable commercial intelligence globally, at pace.

Supporting the Commercial Business Partner, you will work within the Business Planning and Analysis department, a part of the Group Commercial function, to help AHK in its efforts to maintain profitable business growth. As part of the commercial graduate scheme, you will be handed responsibility from the get-go. You will engage and work collaboratively with the commercial and operational teams globally across the organisation. Your key responsibilities will include bid management, commercial business planning and general commercial support. You’ll cross-train and get exposure to all activities within the team during your first year in role. In the placement you will develop your technical, professional, personal and leadership skills.

About us

Alfred H Knight are an independent provider of inspection and testing services. Established in 1881, AHK operates in more than 40 countries with a well-earned reputation for providing reliable, professional services.

We provide specialist services for a wide range of commodities within base and minor metals, steel raw materials, ferroalloys, precious metals, platinum group metals, industrial minerals, solid fuels, and fertilisers. Our clients include miners, smelters, refineries, traders, financial institutions and government bodies.

We maintain rigorous quality standards to ensure that our operations provide the highest level of services to our clients. We achieve this through compliance with industry standards and regulations for laboratory, inspection and quality management, including ISO: IEC 17025, 17020, 9001, 14001, and 45001.

Our people are our finest asset and as a truly global company, we value diversity and respect people from all backgrounds. Click here to find out more about AHK.

Do you have what it takes to become a Commercial Support Graduate?

To be successful at Alfred H Knight, you will need to display the following:

Required Personal Qualities

  • Independence: the ability to take initiative, lead projects and be proactive in prioritising a dynamic and diverse workload.
  • Interpersonal: confidence in forming effective working relationships with a diverse range of people, including working inclusively and as part of a team.
  • Communication: effective oral and written communication of ideas with an excellent command of English. You will be working with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Adaptability: the ability to multitask and respond effectively to change.
  • Analytical: the ability to draw accurate and informative conclusions from detailed research without losing sight of the bigger picture.
  • Ambition: Must have ambitions to have a career in a commercial environment.
  • Willingness: A growth mindset, willing to learn, co-operative and enabling attitude towards training and personal development.

Required educational background

  • Degree with a minimum of a 2.1 in a degree such as business or economics

  Language requirements

  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Command of a second language although not required is highly desirable

Travel / Rotation Requirements

  • Travel to AHK sites around the world might be required on an ad-hoc basis

Required experience

  • Evidence of high-performance background (for example through your academic and/or extra-curricular activities)
  • Previous internship or initial professional work experience in a commercial environment is desirable

What are the benefits?

We are offering an excellent opportunity with a salary and benefits package to match including pension, life assurance and an employee assistance programme.

Commercial Support Graduate

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