Graduate Opportunity

2020 European Commercial Graduate Programme

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September 2020 start – Earlier start dates, including October 2019, are available for those who have already graduated.

Who are INEOS?

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals. It comprises of 34 businesses; each with a major chemical company heritage. INEOS’s production network spans throughout the world in 183 sites in 26 countries, generating an annual turnover of around $60 billion.

We are often referred to as the biggest company that you have never heard of. We are not publicly quoted and don’t sell directly to consumers. Rather, we sell our products as the raw materials from business to business for manufacturing goods. Our businesses produce the raw materials that are essential in the manufacturing of a wide variety of goods; from paints to plastics, textiles to technology, medicines to mobile phones - chemicals manufactured by INEOS enhance almost every aspect of modern life.

INEOS continues to grow year on year, with our latest project being an investment of €2.7 billion to build a world scale ethane cracker and a PDH (Propane Dehydrogenation) unit. This will be the first new cracker built in Europe for two decades. Excitingly INEOS is diversifying as well as continuing to invest in chemicals, becoming one of the top ten players in the North Sea focused on broadening activity in the Upstream sector, entering the automotive industry with Projekt Grenadier, the fashion industry with Belstaff and the sports world with the purchase of FC Lausanne & OGC Nice FC.

At INEOS sustainability is fundamental to how we do business, using innovative ideas and processes to increase capacity, while reducing energy used in the petrochemical processes. Making INEOS a forward-thinking chemical company with the sustainable future in mind.


Our products enhance our world. From providing chlorine for clean water to materials for cleaner technology, find out how we make the modern world possible.

The Graduate Opportunity

We are a unique, non-hierarchical organisation giving graduates direct access to senior management. If you thrive on a challenge and are prepared to push yourself, then INEOS’ open and direct approach to business will give you the opportunity to develop quickly, in a real job with real responsibilities from day one.

If you are interested in a business role, then our European commercial graduate programme is for you. This 5-year programme will provide you with a breadth of experience early in your career. You will typically move roles every 2 years – this will involve moving between different countries, INEOS businesses and functions. Hence you must be geographically flexible. Each role will provide a new challenge and enable you to gain a wide range of experience, essential for anyone aspiring to be a future leader.

Areas you could start in are:

  • Supply Chain
  • Logistics
  • Trading & Shipping
  • Procurement
  • Operations
  • Business Development.

To be considered for the scheme, you will need a minimum of a 2:1 degree, ideally in a numerate, engineering or science related subject, along with:

  • Commercial interest and aptitude
  • The ability to work under pressure, with confidence
  • A drive for action, initiative and delivery - a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Excellent communication skills.

We will consider recent graduates with up to two years relevant work experience.

The Application Process

  1. Stage one – Online Application
  2. Stage two - Telephone Interview. During the interview we will ask you about your career aspirations, experience to date and your motivation to join INEOS.
  3. Stage three – Assessment Centre. Successful applicants from the telephone interview will be invited to an assessment day. There you will complete interviews, a group exercise, and give a presentation.
  4. Stage four – Final Interviews

Successful applicants will be invited for a final selection event at one of our sites or at our corporate HQ.

Whatever the result, you will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your performance.

We are only able to consider candidates who are eligible to live and work in the UK.


How to Apply

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Opportunity Overview

  • January 31st, 2020
  • £36,000 including annual bonus + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • UK + International

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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