European Management Graduate Program - Marketing, Caerphilly (UK)


The Recycling division of DS Smith provides integrated recycling and waste management services, ranging from simple recycling collections through to full recycling and waste management solutions.

DS Smith is Europe’s largest cardboard and paper recycler, and one of the leading full recycling and waste management companies. They do not invest in landfill as their aim is to turn 100% of the resources into something useful once more. In fact, they have been diverting waste away from landfill and driving forward quality recycling for more than 40 years, allowing businesses to focus on what they do best.

Why choose DS Smith?

More than just a recycling company, DS Smith Recycling is also part of the DS Smith Plc group, a leading manufacturer of customer-specific packaging and speciality paper in Europe. Today it employs around 27,000 people in 37 countries worldwide with revenue of £4,781m.

Their link to manufacturing makes DS Smith different to other companies in the recycling sector, as the materials that are collected for the paper and packaging operations are recycled and turned into new products, creating a real closed-loop solution for their customers.


The program

You will join a 2-year European program with an opportunity to cultivate a solid understanding of the recycling division within DS Smith.

The program will give the successful applicant the chance to work on a number of different marketing projects, providing lots of exposure and networking opportunities across the recycling division.

Throughout your experience in DS Smith, you will be assigned a mentor to give you support and regular feedback on your performance and development. You will be involved in all the main Training Initiatives and you will have access to the comprehensive portfolio of L&D resources.

By joining the graduate program, you will be given the opportunity to gain a solid professional experience by working on strategic projects and develop your management skills. Your position allows you to cover a sound management role inside DS Smith at the end of the program.

International setting

The program will be split across several DS Smith locations in Europe. The first year of the program will take place in Caerphilly, South Wales. From there you will travel to other locations to work on projects. The location of the second year will be determined during the program.



DS Smith is looking for confident, outstanding and enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for making a difference in everything that they do.

The trainee’s primary responsibility is to support the creation of a Pan European recycling division sales offering for strategic accounts. This will include overall project management, being first point of contact and ensuring each milestone is met. An essential aspect of this is to establish the recycling division’s sustainability credentials and matching them with our customer expectations.


  • Master’s degree in Marketing or Business 
  • 0-2 years experience
  • Fluent in English (at least C1) both written and verbally (an additional European language would be an advantage)
  • Have a strong interest in sustainability issues
  • Proficient with in-depth research techniques and able to create succinct reports
  • Flexible to meet the needs of the business as roles and responsibilities will develop as the individual develops in the role
  • In the possession of an EU work permit



  • An international development program within a fast growing “blue chip” company
  • Challenging assignments combined with a tough training program
  • Excellent annual salary
  • A “golden hello” bonus


For more information you can contact Pim van Meeuwen and Annefleur Jacobs via +31 43 326 08 00. Please apply via the "Apply button". We are looking forward to receive your application!