Graduate Production Leadership Programme

A combination of hands on expertise with the knowledge of production processes, our production supervisors are at the heart of our operations, with responsibility for achieving high volume targets and developing continuous improvement programmes​.

£30,000 Nissan Sunderland 2 years Apply Now

As with all new Production Graduates, you will spend your first 3 months working on the production line gaining vital experience and understanding of our business. You will then follow a specific training plan giving insight into the role of Team Leader and Supervisor. Once you have the knowledge and experience required for Supervisor level, you will be in a position to run your own zone with a team in the region of 20 employees and the backing of a production supervisor to help guide and support you. You will be responsible for leading and motivating staff to achieve production and efficiency targets.

Initiative, confidence and a pro-active approach are essential qualities in our graduates because you are not just responsible for achieving targets but must develop and implement continuous improvement and standardisation.

With our exceptional training and development and the guidance of experienced Supervisors, and your own natural ability, you’ll find yourself meeting challenges head on and dealing with all situations that arise in a face paced, exciting environment.

Competitive salary starting at £30k

Company pension programme

Company share scheme

Car ownership scheme

Fitness centre

Paid overtime and time in lieu

Private healthcare

Sports and leisure complex

26 days' annual leave plus bank holidays

Travel opportunities (dependent on role)

  • Must have or expect to achieve a 2:1 grade at degree level
  • You must have permission to live and work in the UK without restriction at the time of hire
  • Strong analytical skills and a data-driven thinker
  • Excellent leadership, communication and team working skills
  • Creative and forward thinking
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced organisation
  • Geographically mobile
  • A good working knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Ability to analyse and problem solve​

Your responsibilities will be dependent on which section of the Production Department you will work in. These include:

  • Graduate production Supervisors training plan;
    • 3 months as a Manufacturing staff, learning how the Production line runs
    • 6 months as a Team Leader, Learning the role of the Team Leader
    • 9 months as a Supervisor assistant, shadowing the role as a Supervisor
    • 6 months as a Graduate Supervisor, taking on the majority of a Supervisor’s role

Once training plan is completed, you will be expected to run a zone with approximately 30 staff:

  • Developing staff and personal objective setting
  • Getting involved in Disciplinary & Grievance procedures, including challenging conversations
  • Ensuring Zone & Department targets are met
  • Managing all business KPIs in line with Shape Sunderland objectives:
    Streamline: adopt a continuous improvement mind-set to challenge everything we do
    Strengthen: embracing challenges and opportunities to deliver on Safety, Cost, Quality & Time
    Sustain: working together to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the future
  • Development and co-ordination of improvement activities, and management of cross functional teams and activities to meet the shops quality targets
  • Managing budgets​

Online application

Once you have decided which department you would like to apply for, you will need to complete a short online application form through clicking apply on the job page. You will need to upload a CV and answer some questions confirming your suitability for the role. Your application should be concise but showcase your relevant skills and experience. Don’t forget to research us in more detail to enhance your online application.

Pre-assessment screening

You will be contacted to take part if a short online or telephone based assessment where you will be asked to answer a few questions. This will be a very quick and easy process taking no longer than 10-15minutes to complete, which helps us make the right decision, saving both ourselves and you time. You will be required to answer some questions set by the hiring manager.

Assessment centre

If your initial application is successful, we will then invite you to an assessment centre either on-site at Nissan Sunderland or at a neighbouring venue. During the assessment there are various activities where we will be able to learn more about you and how you deal with different scenarios. Either on the day or a week later, you may be asked to deliver a short presentation and prepare for a competency based interview. Your interview will be with a select panel from our recruitment team. During the interview we will give you a chance to really showcase what you can do and understand your motivations for the job. At the end of the interview you will get the chance to ask us any questions that you may have too. We understand that this stage can be daunting but it is a great way for you to meet other candidates and Nissan Sunderland employees. We all know how you’re feeling but try to relax and enjoy yourself!

Final interview

Sometimes you will be asked back for a second interview, this will be dependent on department and is normally an informal interview to discuss your specific organisational fit. Throughout all of this stage, we want you to feel as relaxed as possible. We know that interviews can be nerve-wracking but just be yourself and try not to worry about getting anything wrong.

Job offer and medical

Well done, you’ve got the job! You will now receive a conditional job offer from us. Once you have accepted we will invite you to a half hour medical, which is mandatory for all new starters at Nissan, Sunderland. A contract will then be sent to you in the post, which you will need to sign and send back to us. Now the pressure is off, you’ve done it! Try relax and give yourself time to prepare for your new adventure. Please note – at this stage, you will be required to bring proof of your right to live and work in the UK to your medical.

Email communication

We will keep you up-to-date with your application via email. Of course, we try to progress applications as quickly as we can but we have lots of graduates applying so don’t panic if you haven’t heard from us straight away!