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General Management Year in Industry placement

Gaining a leadership mentality matters 

If learning what it takes to deliver a reliable train service matters to you. You matter to us.

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Our General Management placements offer the chance to work with the expert team responsible for keeping Britain’s most extensive transport network running. You’ll get insight into the diverse challenges our huge company faces, alongside the opportunity to help us progress, develop and grow our operation.

With support from great colleagues, and coaching from a senior team member, you’ll develop important commercial skills that can apply to any future career direction you might take. Though as it happens, many General Management placement students who do well go on to our graduate scheme, before rising through the ranks to senior leadership positions.


  • Your starting salary is £17,000 Pro rata
  • The scheme lasts for one year.
  • Placement opportunities available in London, Bedford, Peterborough, Doncaster, York

Who you are matters

We look for people who have the kind of infectious enthusiasm for the job at hand that can motivate everyone around to go that extra mile. You’ll be polite and tactful, friendly and engaging, and know how to handle people to get the best out of them. Your excellent communication abilities, particularly when it comes to writing emails, will ensure you can get your message across to audiences at all levels of the business and industry. With superb planning and organisational skills, and a resourceful approach to solving problems, you’ll be able to adapt to any situation or circumstances this placement throws at you.

What you’ll be doing

It’s not easy getting millions of people to their destinations safely and on time every day, but it is rewarding. During your placement, you’ll get the inside track on what goes into achieving this goal. Expect to work with suppliers, freight operators, and other external stakeholders, alongside operations and business services within our organisation.

You’ll pick up a lot just by watching how the best in the business operate. And with the support of an experienced mentor, you can expect to play an active role in many important day to day activities.

What you’ll get out of it

We’re passionate about developing the next generation of talent that will come into our industry, and that means we’ll ensure you’re surrounded by supportive colleagues, and receive coaching from senior staff.

Your benefits matter

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28 days annual leave plus bank holidays

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5 volunteer days to contribute to your favourite causes

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Access to our employee assistance program

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Up to 75% discount on rail and underground season tickets

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Discounted online shopping

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Healthcare club membership discount

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Childcare vouchers

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Two weeks paid reserve leave for members of our Armed Forces community

The opportunities it leads to

Do well on your placement, and we’ll consider you for next year’s graduate scheme intake. Many former year in industry students go on to hold senior positions within our company.

The entry requirements

You’ll be in your penultimate year at university, and on track to achieve at least a 2:2 in any degree.

We matter to millions. You could too.

Applications are now closed

Due to the high interest in this programme, we have received enough applications for this intake . We will be accepting applications for our 2023 schemes in October 2022. To be the first to find out please register your interest below.

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