HR Graduate Scheme

Joining us on our HR Graduate Scheme, you’ll gain exposure to a wide range of operations based purely at Nissan, with additional opportunities to influence Nissan on a European and global scale.

£31,314 Nissan Sunderland 2 Years Apply Now

Nissan has a reputation for being an excellent employer; from creating a safe, modern working environment, to running comprehensive training and development programmes. On our HR Graduate Scheme you’ll be playing an important role across a wide range of operations based at Nissan, with opportunities to influence Nissan on a European and global scale.

HR is a key function within the business, working hand in hand with all departments as they attract, develop and engage their staff.

Areas within our HR department include Recruitment, Talent, Employee Relations, Payroll, Pensions, Strategy and Planning, Learning and Development, Contracts and Communications. You’ll briefly experience a range of activities within the department before taking responsibility for your own activities. This involves a mix of shop floor and office-based experience, allowing a varied arena in which to apply your talents and the chance to gain a much broader insight into the business as a whole.

Salary: £31,314, rising every six months, ending on £38,134

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 are expected to gain at least a 2.1 in an HR or Business degree

  • Strong analytical skills and a data-driven thinker

  • Excellent communication and team-working skills

  • Creative and forward-thinking

  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced organisation

  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office applications

  • Geographically mobile

Your responsibilities on our HR Graduate Scheme will be dependent on which section of the Human Resources department you will work in. These include:

  • Advising on terms and conditions of employment
  • Internal and external recruitment
  • Training
  • Employee induction
  • Managing trainee schemes
  • Graduate and placement recruitment
  • Managing contracts and services
  • Talent management
  • Projects, strategy and planning

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.

Values-based assessment* (*Graduate Schemes only)

You will receive a link to complete an online assessment. Here, you just need to be honest, it is important that our values are aligned with each other and this is how we assess your fit with the organisation. There are no trick questions so please just be authentic and true to yourself in your answers, we need to ensure that we take graduates that are going to be happy and thrive in our working environment at Nissan, Sunderland.

Pre-recorded video interview

Following the values based assessment, you will be invited to answer a few questions through our Cloud-based video interviewing partners, Shine. Don’t be alarmed by this, it is a very quick and easy process 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. The first question will be a practice, so you will have plenty of time to prepare before you answer the real questions. Make sure you are in a quiet room with plenty of lighting and appropriate interview attire.

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!