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Graduate - Commercial Management

Date: 13-Nov-2021

Location: Ipswich, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




Graduate – Commercial Management

Associated British Ports, £28,000 p.a.

Location; Ipswich, starting September 2022

Applications close on Sunday, 2nd January 2022


Could you be a leader of the future?

We’re looking for talented graduates with big ambitions to become future leaders at ABP, the UK’s biggest port operator. With a starting salary of £28,000 and a rotational scheme covering a number of different placements, our two-year Graduate Training Scheme gives you a 360-degree view of our organisation, providing you with the skills and experience you need to launch a successful career.


Join a business with big ambitions

We have a Chief Commercial Officer with vision. He’s looking to build a team of talented individuals who will drive a level of change that will set the pace and direction not only for ABP, but for our industry.


Prepare to be challenged

You’ll be given real responsibility early on, working closely with the Wales & Short Sea Ports Commercial team and other business leaders on big projects. The scheme is designed to challenge, as well as give you vital experience working on major infrastructure projects along with Asset Management and Engineering. You’ll be based at Port of Ipswich, with the opportunity to spend at least six months working on projects with a Commercial team in the Humber or Southampton.

Who we need

We’re looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in an ideally business, marketing, or economics related degree. You’ll also need a positive attitude, great team working and communication skills, and the drive to make a real difference. Although you’ll primarily be based in one region, you should also be willing to travel or relocate around the UK to our other locations. After submitting your CV, successful applicants will be invited to complete online competency tests, followed by a video interview and then, finally, an assessment centre.


We look after our people

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll get an annual bonus, access to our pension scheme, life assurance, private healthcare, employee discounts and the opportunity to purchase additional holiday. You’ll also receive ongoing support from your mentor and senior sponsor, regular reviews, and opportunities to develop your skills.


Ready to contribute to ABP’s mission to Keep Britain Trading? Apply now!


  • APPLICATIONS CLOSE - 2nd January 2022. 
  • CV REVIEW - January 2022
  • ONLINE ASSESSMENTS - Early February 2022
  • VIDEO INTERVIEW - Late February / early March 2022
  • ASSESSMENT CENTRE - April 2022
  • OFFER - April 2022
  • START DATE - September 2022


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.