Nissan Sunderland produces some 500,000 vehicles a year, making us the biggest car manufacturing plant in the UK, exporting to over 100 international markets.  Joining the team here will mean you become a part of a world-class operational facility.


Joining Nissan as a graduate in Sunderland gives you access to our outstanding benefits package, including a company car ownership scheme, 26 days’ annual leave and private healthcare.

Salary starts from £30,000 rising every 6 months, ending on £39,134

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)


Located in the North East of England, at Nissan Sunderland we are responsible for production of the Qashqai, Juke and Leaf. We produce some 500,000 vehicles a year which makes us the biggest car manufacturing plant in the UK, and export to over 100 international markets. All of this is made possible by our workforce of around 6,000 people, with support from additional contractors and suppliers.

As a graduate you will receive a mentor from day one, 6-monthly appraisals to support your development and formalised training at Nissan or in the Lake District. We develop your leadership, teamwork, assertiveness, presentation, financial and problem-solving skills to enable you to become a leader of the future


We have a cross-functional and international environment where everyone pulls together in strong teams to deliver results. It’s a way of doing things that’s designed to bring out the best in every employee.


It’s about being passionate. Learning from every opportunity and helping us to create a continually improving business.


It’s about being open and showing empathy towards different views. It’s about embracing diversity and preferring clarity and simplicity to vagueness and hiding.


It’s about never being complacent and instead focusing on continuous benchmarking and outperforming our competition.


Above all, it’s about striving to achieve maximum results with minimum resources. We believe that, if you work hard enough, anything is possible, especially if everyone shares the same vision, values and aspirations.

Application Process

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 will 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.


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 questions set by the hiring manager. 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 ½ 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!