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Graduate Training Programme

graduate programme At Activity Superstore, we like to grow our talent from within. This means nurturing and developing your skills, and setting stretching objectives in order to create our next generation of managers so that our business critical roles are filled by people appointed internally. We are looking for bright and enthusiastic Graduates to increase our talent pool to enable us to grow even faster, and to maintain our position as the leading gift experience provider in retail.

Overview

The Graduate programme will last for 18 months in total and is divided into three distinct placements depending on your interests and our business needs. Each Graduate Trainee will have a senior level mentor throughout in order to ensure steady progress.

In order to gain a thorough understanding of the way we work, we will require you to spend the first three months of the graduate programme in our customer services department. The second and third placements can be chosen from our other business areas: Marketing, Sales, Account Management, Finance, IT, Supplier Management and Purchasing.

Essential Requirements:

  • A full UK drivers' license or the commitment to learn within the first three months.
  • A or B at English and Maths at GCSE level.
  • 3 A-C A-Levels.
  • Any degree discipline (min 2.1).

Essential candidate characteristics:

  • Strong work ethic.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Numerate.
  • Ambitious and keen to learn.
  • Team player.
  • Honest and straightforward.
  • Accurate.

Desirable candidate characteristics:

  • Able to take initiative.
  • Questioning and challenging.
  • Empathetic and able to see things from different perspectives.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Takes responsibility readily.
  • Commercial acumen and entrepreneurial flair.

Benefits

On recruitment, your salary will start at £22,000 pa with increments of £1,000 to reflect experience and knowledge gained upon the completion of each placement.

You can purchase activities at a subsidized rate throughout the year.

Organised 'Staff experience days' - there are three occasions each year where staff sample some of the experiences that we provide during working time.

20 days annual leave per year.

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Our Business Areas

customer service Customer Service
We pride ourselves on our commitment to providing a memorable customer experience. Our energetic customer services team liaises with both customers and suppliers to arrange experience days and to answer any questions that our customers might have.
marketing Marketing
We are always looking for new ways to reach and communicate with our customers. Our marketing department is an important pillar during key sales periods, where their marketing campaigns are most crucial.
account management Account Management
Our Account Managers are responsible for representing Activity Superstore positively to the very best names on the high street. They are also responsible for maintaining relations with our key partners and generating business performance to match our goals.
finance Finance
Our Finance department keeps the cogs of the business turning by processing payments to the hundreds of suppliers that provide experiences to our customers, and reporting business performance to our management team.
IT IT
IT is a fundamental part of Activity Superstore. It is at the heart of our voucher lifecycle. We are always looking for innovative ideas to deliver effective solutions and to set us apart from our competitors.
purchasing Purchasing
Our Purchasing team keep an eye out for trends, innovative experiences and new activities for our customers.
supplier management Supplier Management
Our suppliers play a major role in keeping our customers happy. Without our suppliers, we wouldn’t have any fabulous activities! Our suppliers team communicates with suppliers daily, ready to answer any queries or requests that they might have.
sales Sales
Are you driven by results and reaching targets? This is where the magic happens. Our Sales team brings our creative ideas alive by sourcing and negotiating with new suppliers to provide quality experiences to our customers.

Irrespective of your placement, graduates will receive comprehensive business skills training throughout the graduate scheme to form a foundation of transferable skills to be developed during the different placements.

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Meet Our Graduate Trainees

Patrick

Patrick

Business Management Graduate from the University of Sussex

"The opportunity to gain practical experience in various business functions within a clear pathway is what attracted me to Activity Superstore. Being mentored by someone at the top of the business is rare in a Graduate Scheme and has been valuable in supporting my development."

Holly

Holly

Psychology Graduate from Loughborough University

"Throughout the Graduate Scheme I have developed new skillsets, learned about the mechanisms behind a fast growing company and completed valuable tasks within a committed team, as well as individually. I would highly recommend this scheme for anyone seeking exposure to a variety of roles and business insight, working closely to the Directors."

Eleanor

Eleanor

Journalism graduate from Cardiff University

"Following my degree, I was eager to find a role within a creative company which would introduce new opportunities and also allow me to utilise my current skill set. Activity Superstore has permitted me to do just that and more, while providing me with a valuable insight into the structure of a business."

Omba

Omba

Chemical Engineering graduate from Cambridge University

"This programme appealed to me as a niche, structured and interesting way to develop an entrepreneurial mind set and interpersonal skills through a variety of functional roles. The mentoring opportunities thus far have allowed me to tap into a wealth of knowledge, whilst ensuring personal growth throughout."

Ottilie

Ottilie

Spanish and Philosophy Graduate from Leeds University

"One of the main things that attracted me to Activity Superstore was the variety that the graduate scheme would offer. I wanted to undertake a range of work before deciding what I wanted to focus on."

Nik

Nik

Economics graduate from London Metropolitan University

"Graduate schemes are becoming fairly common nowadays but what stood out for me the most about Activity Superstore was the opportunity to learn from the people at the very top. These types of opportunities are still rare and I would highly recommend everyone to apply."

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How to Apply

If Activity Superstore sounds like a good fit for you, send a CV and cover letter to careers@activitysuperstore.com. Successful candidates will be invited to our offices in Saffron Walden for an assessment day. You will receive a response for your application within three weeks.

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