Packaging Graduate Programme

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DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging solutions worldwide.  
Over the past 80 years our organisation has grown dramatically, as have our services and areas of expertise.
We have gone from being a leader in manufactured packaging with divisions in paper, packaging and recycling to become one unified company and the industry benchmark in packaging and Supply Cycle strategy.
Today, we operate in more than 34 different countries, proudly employing around 30,000 people. It’s thanks to the skills and knowledge of our employees that we are able to provide our customers with strategic support across their entire packaging Supply Cycle. Because we are packaging strategists. It’s this forward-thinking approach that has built the company that we see today. The Power of Less.
2021 Packaging Graduate Programme

We are looking for outstanding and dynamic Supply Chain/Logistics, Engineering or Business/Marketing graduates to join our Packaging programme starting in September 2021.

We aim to recruit & develop talent with the potential to become our future leaders. We are a forward-looking company with a desire to remain both innovative and sustainable in an increasingly global market. We are looking for highly motivated, emotionally intelligent, hardworking, articulate communicators like you to help us achieve our big growth aspirations.

To help us continue to expand the successful business DS Smith is today, we invest a significant amount of time, effort and attention in our graduates. During the programme you will be involved in a dynamic working environment, with plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge and experience to make a real and valued contribution to the organisation as you grow and develop.

Over the programme you will be based in a specific European country and complete three 12-month placements around various locations within it.  These are often set in more rural locations, therefore local language skills are essential.
Countries we're hiring into include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and The Netherlands.

What do we offer?

  • Formal induction. Meet our senior leaders and truly understand our business and where you can make a difference.
  • Training Development. Comprehensive training programme tailored to the programme and you.
  • Variety. From no two days being alike to different work-based assignments at various Packaging office and plant locations.
  • Support. From a buddy before you join, to a mentor and exposure to senior leaders, plus regular performance reviews & feedback to ensure you are exceeding your potential
  • Reward. A comprehensive package, based on local salary levels.
  • Above all, a chance to redefine packaging for a changing world.

Candidate requirements:

Key Requirements

To be eligible for the programme you will need:

  • A 2.1 degree (minimum)
  • Language skills: Fluency in English and the language of your preferred location 
  • Unrestricted rights to work in the UK and EU

Key attributes

We are looking for recent graduates who are:

  • Collaborative: You can connect with and value the differences of a diverse range of colleagues to achieve and recognise shared successes.
  • Innovative: You will have real responsibility within existing opportunities for improvement, contributing positively to new ways for our business to be increasingly successful.
  • Trustworthy: You quickly gain the confidence of your colleagues through consistent delivery on your commitments.
  • Willing to learn: You enthusiastically pursue new opportunities to learn and try new, creative solutions to current and future problems or issues.
  • Adaptable: You are calm and constructive when dealing with change. You are solutions oriented in times of uncertainty, staying positive and outcome focused.
  • Resilient: You can recover from setbacks when facing challenging situations.  You remain positive when facing difficulty.
  • Strategic: You are forward looking, purposeful while balancing a curiosity for the smaller details alongside an awareness of the big picture.
To us a steep learning curve is a good thing; you learn a lot in a short period of time.  (As opposed to a shallow learning curve, where you learn very little over a long period of time!)

Additional Information

Locations: Across Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and The Netherlands.
Closing date for applications: Monday, 1st March 2021.
(To note, applications are processed on a rolling bases and we reserve the right to close early should enough applications be received.)
Start date: Monday 6th September, 2021
Please include your degree subject & grade, nationality and languages spoken on your CV when applying.
For more information about this and other graduate programmes, entry requirements, our selection process and key dates, please visit our Early Careers site. If you have any further questions, please email
Good luck!

Reference Number DSS6297
Country EUROPE (EU), Belgium (BE), Germany (DE), Sweden (SE), Denmark (DK), France (FR), The Netherlands (NL), Italy (IT)
Function Graduate Programme
Division Packaging
Closing date for applications 28 February 2021