European Graduate Program (Recycling Division) – Milan, Italy

Introduction

DS Smith is committed to sourcing and developing talent across all levels of the organisation. To help us continue to run the successful business DS Smith is today, we invest a significant amount of time, effort and attention in our graduates – who we see as our leaders of the future.

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated and plastic packaging in Europe, supported by Recycling and Paper operations.

At DS Smith Recycling, we provide integrated recycling and waste management services, ranging from simple recycling collections through to full recycling and waste management solutions to businesses of all sizes. We are Europe’s largest cardboard and paper recyclers, and one of the leading full recycling and waste management companies.

As part of the DS Smith Group – a leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, we have a crucial role to play in providing our Packaging and Paper divisions with the quality raw materials they need for their businesses.

We believe that any materials that can be recycled should not end up in incineration, as our aim is to turn 100% of the resources you send us into something useful once more. In fact, we’ve been diverting waste away from landfill and driving forward quality recycling for more than 40 years.

Organization

The 2020 DS Smith European Graduate Program is a 2-year program that will commence in March 2020. You will be involved in a dynamic working environment, with plenty of chances to grow and develop in the Recycling division. DS Smith will help you apply your knowledge and experience to make a real and valued contribution to the organisation, while exposing yourself to all facets and attributes of the DS Smith world.

Function

International opportunities

The program will be split in at least two paper mills across Europe; Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania, France, Germany, Croatia and The Netherlands are among the countries of choice. By joining the DS Smith Graduate Program, you will be given the opportunity to gain a solid professional experience by working on strategic projects and develop your management skills in an international environment.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of DS Smith and its exceptionally dynamic working environment. Being provided with full access to the manufacturing and commercial facilities, you will quickly gain a wide and holistic perspective of the paper business. Throughout your entire professional experience in DS Smith, you will be assigned a mentor to give you support and regular feedback on your performance and development. You will be involved in all the main Management Training Initiatives, such as our Engaging Managers Program, to prepare yourself for a management position. You will also have access to the full set of Learning & Development resources that DS Smith offers to its employees.

Your first assignment

Lead/develop/implement/monitor business improvement projects and train/coach colleagues in Lean methods and techniques.
Native Italian graduates will start with their first assignment in Milan.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Industrial engineering / Management Engineering 
  • Have just graduated or have a maximum of up to two years working experience since the graduation
  • Native Italian 
  • Fluent in English and preferable one other European languages
  • Some experience or proven affinity with Lean
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Dynamic and flexible in approach and mindset
  • Managerial potential, a drive for results and eagerness for success
  • Engagement, agile and strong commitment will be highly valued
  • Willing to work all over Europe
  • Willing to study during the graduate program
  • Available to start in with the program in March 2020

Offer

  • An international development programme within a fast growing “blue chip” company
  • Challenging assignments combined with an extensive training programme
  • Regular feedback from your personal mentor
  • A fulfilling management position at one of our European locations after completing the programme
  • Plenty of career growth opportunities
  • Excellent annual salary

Information

Contact Jeroen Warnier (+31 622 46 68 10) if you have any questions about the program.

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