We offer a range of opportunities for young people wanting to enter the transport and logistics industry.
In order to ensure our industrial placement students are part of a meaningful work placement, we are able to offer a limited number of university placement opportunities on an ad-hoc basis and are more likely to be able to accommodate you if:
- You wish to join us for at least 12 months
- You are currently studying for a diploma, degree or other higher education qualification related to the function within which you wish to work
Although we do not currently offer a bespoke graduate programme, we actively encourage graduates to apply for our general active opportunities. Graduates are typically able to join us at entry or supervisory level across a number of operational and central corporate functions. We actively seek to promote from within and therefore opportunities regularly arise to allow you to take on new challenges and develop your experience with us.
If your degree is related specifically to the transport and logistics industry, we have a range of operational and / or transport-specific roles available that may suit your skills.
If your degree is related to a more central function such as finance, IT or HR, we also have a range of corporate roles available that may suit your skills.
Graduate & Student stories
Operational AccountantJosh Purdue
Josh first came to the business in 2008 as part of his sandwich course in business management at Gloucestershire University, from which he graduated in 2010.
When he started, working for the international management accountant, Josh was involved in various financial activities such fuel and toll reconciliations, mileage per unit checks, completing weekly P&Ls and undertaking project work around cash flow and the impact of exchange rates on the international business. Once he had progressed in the role Josh took on more responsibility within the finance team, such as assisting in the completion of the month end accounts. He even stayed on for an extra month at the end of his placement at the request of the company.
Once he completed his studies, Josh applied for a role as a sub-contracts administrator here at Eddie Stobart and the company was glad to have him back. In this job he looked after the sub-contracts department’s finances as well as general administrative duties such as managing PODs and invoicing. This role provided Josh with experience in many of the company’s processes, which would help him later in his career. Josh excelled in this role, automating various processes, saving the department a lot of time and money and freeing himself up for more finance-based tasks.
In late 2012 Josh was successful in his application for the role of management accountant, working for the operational accountant. In this role he concentrated on daily, weekly & monthly P&Ls, constantly striving to exploit opportunities for cost-saving efficiencies. While carrying out the role Josh took on increased responsibility as a result of his line manager becoming more involved in project work.
Having impressed in that role, Josh was promoted to operational accountant, taking on more responsibility and managing a small team. His role now is to look after the general fleet’s finances and drive financial improvement within the division; his responsibilities include managing claims, monitoring driver performance, reviewing time based planning, planner performance, MPG and asset damage to name but a few. Here, he makes a tangible financial difference to the business, which allows him to set and achieve goals in his career. The company is keen to encourage Josh to progress in his career and to support him are providing funding for his CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) tuition.
Josh enjoys the work ethos at Eddie Stobart; people care about the company and the pride they hold in the work they do is evident. Members of the senior management team are friendly and approachable. He knows that they value hard work and are keen to promote from within; Josh appreciates that age isn’t an issue working here; if you work hard, you will be afforded the same opportunities and level of respect as everyone else.
Commercial ManagerScott Robertson
Scott joined Eddie Stobart on a university placement working as a data analyst based at our Crick depot in Northamptonshire back in June 2007 and stayed on until September 2008.
During that time he was responsible for managing the weekly statistics packs (for both customers and management), bespoke reporting for customers and rate reconciliation for the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) business unit, in fact, Scott made the first step towards automated operation, installing the system we still use today.
Scott returned to his studies at University in September, but enjoyed the placement so much that he came back to us over the Christmas break, this time working for the commercial department, again in Crick.
Upon completing his course, earning a BA in Business Studies, Scott found a job as a business analyst, coincidentally at the soon-to-be-bought-by-Eddie-Stobart Autologic car transporter company, between June 2009 and June 2010 until he heard of an opportunity back at Eddie Stobart for a commercial analyst, which, with the quality and reliability he’d shown during his placement and over Christmas 2008, he was accepted into right away.
Now back at Eddie Stobart in his new role as commercial analyst Scott completed cost analysis and managed open book cost reporting until his role was changed to focus on costing new business opportunities after a year, then in June 2012 Scott was promoted to assistant commercial manager. Here he was in charge of tender management and the costing for the high volume, FMCG and Ireland business units, and a year later he was promoted again to commercial manager. Now he divides his time between Crick and Appleton, managing a team of five who ‘cost up’ new business opportunities for all of the company’s business units, manage existing contracted commercials and develop the commercial tools used by the company as a whole.
Scott recognises the investment Eddie Stobart makes in its employees; the company aided his studies to complete his LLM (Masters Degree in Business Law) and are currently assisting him towards his CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) tuition. And he appreciates the recognition that an employee can garner here despite their age; at 29 Scott attends regular top-level management meetings, which is almost unheard of elsewhere in the industry, he regularly presents to the executive board, and as can be seen above, he has carried responsibilities throughout his career. This interaction with high-level management and investment in his development has been invaluable in Scott’s rise into management and will continue to be with his on-going development.
HR OfficerKyle Gamble
Kyle first came to us on a year’s placement in 2008 from The University of Leeds where he was studying for a degree in human resource management.
He’d spent two years at the university learning the trade before spending his sandwich year with us at our head office in Appleton, Cheshire, working under the training and development manager as a HR & training administrator.
In this role Kyle’s key responsibilities were developing the non-driver employee induction and course material, looking after employee training and development and analysing training needs across the company, as well as some project work; all the while being exposed to HR and training issues.
After returning to university and completing his course, applying what he’d learned in the workplace, and graduating with a BA degree in human resource management, Eddie Stobart was keen to snatch him back up and he returned to us as a full time HR & training administrator, again based at our Appleton office, in July 2010. Here, Kyle was involved in setting up the training academy in Widnes, supporting the project establishing the facility, an offering unique amongst transport and logistics companies, where we induct and train all of our driving and non-driving staff.
Within twelve months Kyle was promoted to HR & training supervisor, leading the growing training team now based at the academy. One of his first roles as a supervisor was to find a suitable replacement for his old administration role, which he did, and who is herself now a manager at Eddie Stobart. And for the rest of his time at the academy he oversaw the management of the training & recruitment team as the department, and the academy itself, grew exponentially in scope; focussing more on recruitment and training, and Eddie Stobart’s bespoke, university accredited management development programme.
Then in May 2014 Kyle made the next step towards a career in human resources, moving away from the training & recruitment aspects of the business and into the employee relations HR team, based at our ports office in Widnes as a HR administrator. Here, he was involved in HR processes such as grievances, disciplinaries, flexible working requests, performance reviews, contracts, absence management, etc. And when the vacancy for a HR officer was advertised in January 2015 Kyle applied and was accepted into his current role.
The role of HR officer supports the HR business partners and acts as a liaison between them and the HR administrators, and Kyle aspires to be a business partner himself.
Kyle enjoys working with people, and in his role he has the opportunity to meet people from all over the business, at all levels. He thrives on the variety of his job, where no two days are the same, and sees the same inclination towards variety and change elsewhere in the business. He believes that the company is well served by its ever-changing nature and conscious effort to continually improve; he recognises his own role in driving that improvement and values the responsibility and rewards that come from being a part of the team.
Commercial AnalystHannah Towne
Hannah graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in summer 2013 with a degree in business economics, and in December the same year began her career with Eddie Stobart as a data analyst with our time based planning team.
After studying and enjoying statistics at university, Hannah was able to transfer the skills she’d learned into the analysis and manipulation of data involved in time based planning. Here she was able to produce detailed analysis for employees across all levels of the business, analysing trends, profit and loss for new and existing customers, providing recommendations from the data and creating reports for feeding back to the business. From here, Hannah’s work was used to effectively support decision making and drive efficiencies across the business, which are eventually passed on to our partners and customers as cost savings.
Once Hannah had grown into that role, she wanted to push herself further and increase her knowledge of, and exposure to, the business. With this in mind she applied for the role of commercial analyst and was awarded the position in their growing team. In this role she has been able to bring her acquired skills and previous knowledge of the business, and apply them in a new setting to further impact the decision making of the commercial team. There are parallels to be drawn between her old and new roles; she is now involved in analysing commercial data on a grander scale but, unlike her former role, remains involved after the report writing stage. Now she helps with calculating rates for work, putting together proposals, analysing existing and prospective customers, profit and loss and tendering, again, always striving for more and more efficient methods of working to drive profitability and cost savings for the business. As such, she now gets the satisfaction of seeing the benefits of her work right from beginning to end, from inception to winning tenders, and has a much broader view of the business in general.
Hannah enjoys the working environment here at Eddie Stobart – all of the separate business units work well together, and she likens them to one big family unit. This cross-over of people and skills as well as benefiting the company also helps develop individuals, as they can see how other units work, and how they all fit together, allowing strong working relationships to be built. Her manager supports her in learning every aspect of the commercial function so that she can get the most out of her role, gaining exposure at all levels of the business. The company also supports Hannah by funding her studies for CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). This will allow Hannah to develop her skillset further, creating opportunities to face new challenges and to progress within the business. She says that despite its size, Eddie Stobart feels like a small company.
Commercial Finance AnalystJessica Reid
Commercial Finance Analyst
Jessica graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 with a degree in maths and business and joined Eddie Stobart as a commercial analyst last September after spending six years working in hotels and progressing to restaurant manager.
She had originally applied for the role of data analyst on the time based planning team, looking to get an entry level analyst job with a view to using the skills she’d gained in her studies and work her way up the ladder. After two interviews, the recruiting manager saw potential in her and put her forward for the more challenging role of commercial analyst, and after an interview with the commercial manager, won the position.
As commercial analyst, Jessica first had to learn the transport business, and once she had a good footing she worked on tenders from start to finish, analysed customer data, proposed rates and wrote up proposal documents for new work. Then in December last year, after only three months, was promoted to commercial finance analyst, taking on more responsibility and managing a small team.
In her current role Jessica builds cost models, works with finance and budgets and maintains the cost bases from a commercial point of view for all of the company’s business units. Her department also recently took on rating new work for existing customers, as well as new customers, which was previously handled by the commercial team in Northamptonshire, facilitating further growth.
Jessica says that she has found everyone she has met to be very friendly and welcoming, and incredibly helpful, and in her role she has to speak to almost all departments. She enjoys having responsibility and embraces taking on more, and plans to become a manager here eventually. Her manager is very supportive and allows Jess and the whole team exposure to the business and higher management, always helping them to get the most out of the job. The company is also supporting her, paying for her CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) tuition to help further her career within the business.
She says that the team, and the whole company, are working towards the same goal and it feels like she’s part of a big, happy family.
Fleet Management AccountantMartin Brook
Fleet Management Accountant
Martin had been interested in transport from an early age, and after working on a mushroom farm for five years in his hometown of Selby, decided to follow his dreams and went to Huddersfield University at the age of 23, graduating in 2010 with a BSc Honours degree in transport and logistics management.
Fresh out of university, Martin and his then-girlfriend, now-wife moved to the North West where he took a job as a fleet administrator, creating purchase orders and dealing with breakdowns in the fleet division here at Eddie Stobart, which was then located in Chelford, Cheshire. He relocated with the fleet department to Widnes in March of 2011, and at around the same time became systems administrator, using his computing skills to develop the department’s systems, while also taking on responsibility for the integral task of reporting fuel usage to the business.
In his role as systems administrator, Martin did some work for the fleet financial controller and impressed her so much that he was offered the role of assistant accountant, in which he excelled, making use of the accountancy skills he’d learned in his degree. He also had the opportunity to start studying for his CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification, paid for by the company. In this role, Martin was involved in weekly cost reporting and month end account reconciliation and cost allocation. Then in September 2014, when the company started its placement scheme with Liverpool John Moores University, Martin was promoted into his current role of fleet management accountant, now with a direct report.
Martin is a popular member of staff and really enjoys his work. In particular, he is well placed to explore a number of interesting aspects of the business and frequently has the opportunity get involved in different areas. He is now getting more and more involved in the fleet accounts, moving away from inter-company charging, the responsibility for some of which now sits with the university placement position. He would like to continue to develop himself within the business and learn more skills academically through his studies, and climb higher up the ladder here at Eddie Stobart. He has his eye on a financial management role at some point in the future.