We will both stretch and support you every step of the way of your Graduate or Placement Programme. Depending on the scheme, you will receive on the job experiences, mentoring and formal training at both our Sunderland plant and at our residential venue in the Lake District.


On the Nissan Graduate Scheme, you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence that will develop you into a successful leader of the future. With the support for a mentor alongside performance reviews every 6 months, this structured programme can be the beginning of a successful career. All of this is underpinned by a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package detailed below
Company pension programme
Company share scheme
Car leasing scheme
Car ownership scheme
Dental plan
Fitness centre
Paid overtime
Private healthcare
Sports and social complex
Travel opportunities (dependent on role)
26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays


During your Placement year you will get the opportunity to gain a full insight to Nissan, Sunderland and progress across our organisation. You will work closely with your mentor while also gaining responsibility in order to show us your true potential. You will receive a performance review after 6 months, which allows us to help you with your development every step of the way. All of this is underpinned by a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package detailed below
Fitness centre
Paid overtime
Sports and social complex
Travel opportunities (dependent on role)
26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays

Competitive Salaries

Graduate programme salaries start from £30,476 and increase over the course of the programme, ending on £37,113. Placement salaries are £16,634 per annum

Both our Graduate and Placement Schemes over paid overtime and 26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays.

Nissan Car Scheme

At Nissan, not only do you make cars, you get to enjoy driving them too. As a Nissan employee, you are eligible for our Nissan Employee Car Scheme.

  • The scheme is open to you and your family and friends (aged 18-80, and continues when you retire from service).
  • Your agreement is 12 months, at which point you will change for a new model.
  • You can have up to 3 cars on the scheme at any one time
  • Ranges and pricing are updated regularly, giving you the choice of the latest specs and colours
  • A choice of either 12,000 or 18,000 miles’ agreements are available.

Payment for the cars is taken directly from your salary as a deduction in arrears. Included in your payment if your road fund licence, servicing and insurance*. When you return your car, it must meet our return standards, otherwise additional charges will apply.

We have a dedicated team on-site to answer any additional questions you may have.


*Not available for Placement Programmes


The Nissan Defined Contribution Pension Plan is a Group Stakeholder Pension Plan and is administered by Standard Life. As a Nissan graduate*, you will be automatically enrolled into the plan on completion of 3 months’ service (subject to meeting legislative criteria). You will receive confirmation from Standard Life that you have been enrolled. You can ask to join the Pension early and or still join if you have not been automatically enrolled (due to not meeting the criteria).

The Pension Plan is designed to provide savers with a fund in retirement. This fund can be taken as an income and includes a tax free cash lump sum from age 55. The fund is made up of contributions paid by you and the Company each month over your working life. Contribution levels are determined by the Government, but you can pay more in order to build up a bigger fund. The Company double your contributions up to set levels. You can decide how the money in your Pension Plan is invested, and are able to select from a range of different investment funds.

*Not available to Placement Programmes

Private Healthcare

As a Nissan graduate*, you will receive private medical insurance through our scheme with AXA. Employees can join the scheme free of charge, and you can also include your partner and dependent children for a small fee paid through your monthly salary.

Once you are a member of the scheme you can access it straight away if you have a health concern and your GP thinks you need a referral. One call to the team and you’re able to see a recognised specialist at a local hospital convenient to you.

*Not available for Placement Programmes

Sports and Social Complex

Once you have joined us as either a Graduate or a Placement student, you will automatically become a member of the Sports and Social Complex here at Nissan Sunderland. Full details of our facilities and activities will be provided at the time of your job offer. We also have an on-site gym which you can join for a small fee. Here are the facilities we have on offer to our employees:

  • Newly refurbished function suite that can hold up to 200 guests
  • A conservatory and bar area
  • Outside safe play area for toddlers
  • Multi-functional sports hall which has been designed to cater for all sports and is also able to host special events
  • The largest 5-a-side court in the North of England (up to 7-a-side)
  • Floodlit, outdoor 11-a-side football pitch with a 200-seater stadium
  • £200,000 state-of-the-art fitness centre

Dental Plan

We have a range of dental plans available through Denplan and they are all designed to suit a variety of different oral health needs and focus strongly on prevention. They will help towards the costs of any eligible routine dental treatment such as check-ups, x-rays and hygiene appointments and any eligible restorative dental treatment such as crowns, bridges or fillings.  There is a 24-Hour Worldwide Dental Emergency Helpline and cover for some pre-existing conditions* (some exclusions apply.)  No initial oral health check is necessary and you can go to any dentist whether Denplan, private or NHS.

**Not available for Placement Programmes

Employee Car Purchase Scheme

As well as our lease scheme, we have an Employee Car Purchase Scheme which enables employees and their friends and family to get discount off our brand new cars. So, whether you want a nippy little Note, an impressive Infiniti or a fancy GT-R, you can buy it through any

Nissan or Infiniti dealer in the UK with a discount on the basic price.

  • Discount scheme available from first day of employment
  • Currently possible to get discount on up to 5 cars in a 12 month rolling period
  • Vehicle must be retained for a minimum of 12 months
  • Purchase made through dealership after discount code obtained through onsite team
  • Attractive Personal Contract Purchase plans available through dealers


More information can be found on www.myclubnissan.co.uk.

*Not available for Placement Programmes

Life Assurance

All employees are entitled to free life assurance cover for a minimum of two times their annual salary from their first day of employment. This amount increases to four times your annual salary when you join the pension plan.

Current Graduate / Placement Positions
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  • Supply Chain Management (SCM) Placement £18,091 Nissan Sunderland Placement Job Ref: R00097295

    Nissan Sunderland Plant is capable of manufacturing over 500,000 cars per year. The Supply Chain Management team ensures that global supply in to the UK is as cost effective and efficient as possible.

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