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Careers at Kite
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Careers at Kite

Working for Kite

Expect to work hard in a fast moving environment - Kite does not stay still! Kite's employees are customer-focused self-starters who want to make a real difference.

Kite has a flat operating structure and places great importance on responsibility and accountability. This encourages both innovation and an entrepreneurial approach which enables you to make decisions and get on.

We are currently undertaking an active recruitment drive for the first quarter of 2017, across many areas of the business, in several regions of the UK. Scroll down for more details.

And the benefits...

Kite's growth reflects the achievements of its employees and to support this continued success Kite has developed a range of benefits available to all qualifying employees.

Benefits include a Company Pension, Healthcare Plan, Life Insurance, Childcare Voucher Scheme and perhaps best of all, the opportunity to become a Kite Shareholder.

Current Vacancies
For full details of each vacancy click on the relevant link

Kite is always looking for enthusiastic and talented people. For a current listing of our vacancies please see below. If a specific position is not advertised then send your CV and covering letter to opportunities@kitepackaging.co.uk and tell us how you could make a difference to our business.

Ecommerce Division (based in Coventry)

Graduate Management Development Programme

Graduate Development Programme

Applications for the 2017 graduate development programme have now closed.

Aim High!

Kite Packaging’s first Graduate Development Programme was launched in 2015. On the back of its success, applications are now open for our 2017 programme. We are looking for candidates to progress in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and 100% employee-owned company.

For the second year intake, we’re specifically looking for University Graduates who want to ‘Aim High’ and progress in a business that has gone from zero when it was founded in 2001, to one of the biggest players in the packaging industry.

Want to know what it's like to join Kite as a Graduate? You can read our Graduate Scheme Interviews on Facebook!

Outline of Programme

We like to think of our graduate scheme as ‘The Real Apprentice’.

This is because unlike many graduate job programmes that are run by HR departments, Kite’s Programme is the personal passion of Kite Packaging’s Chairman, Bruce McInnes!

This Graduate Programme gives you a unique opportunity to interface at a senior level within the company, and be provided with valuable experience and support. You will also report to, or be mentored by, a Kite Managing Partner, who will provide insight in to the operational side of Kite Packaging, and support you through the process.

Commencing August 2017, it will run over a two year period, and in that time you will participate in a modular programme. This is designed to give you exposure to a wide range of Kite’s functions and activities, unlike most other graduate jobs.

For each module you will work at a different branch and/or department every four months, receiving individual assessments at the end of each rotation. This will give you a feel for all aspects of Kite as a business, and help you to decide where your skills lie.

A permanent position is not guaranteed at the end of the Programme, however if you are successful you could be fast-tracked to a permanent Senior Management position.


Kite Packaging has eight site locations in the UK, and you could be working at any of them during the Graduate Programme.

They include:

  • Coventry (Midlands)
  • Rotherham (North)
  • Swindon (Thames Valley)
  • Letchworth (South East)
  • Portsmouth (South Coast)
  • Sittingbourne (South East)

Therefore, applicants looking to apply must be willing to re-locate on a fairly regular basis. If you are geographically constrained due to personal or other affecting circumstances then unfortunately you should not apply for Kite’s Graduate Development Programme.

Support with relocation costs will be provided throughout the programme, as part of your Graduate benefits package.

Areas of Discipline

You will have an Induction Day in August with your Graduate Programme colleagues, to learn about the company and the way Kite operates. On this day we will provide you with details of your first module, and your key project for that four month period.

The projects are designed to help you enhance your skill-set and develop your expertise in a fast-growing business environment.

Areas include:

  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Compliance
  • Transport
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Warehousing/Supply Chain
  • Commercial Operations
  • E-Commerce
  • Web Development
  • Marketing
  • R & D

Equal Opportunities

Kite Packaging fully complies with the Equal Opportunities Act. All applicants will be shortlisted based on their relevant skills and abilities. Applicants will not be judged based on age, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, trade union membership or non-membership, sex, marital status, political affiliation, religion or belief, or sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

Salary and Benefits

All candidates accepted on to the 2017 Graduate Development Programme will be provided with £25,000 basic salary.

Other Benefits:

  • Support with re-location costs for each module
  • Optional £1,000 interest-free loan for your start-up costs
  • 20 days paid annual leave, plus all Bank Holidays
  • Group Life Benefit
  • Pension
  • Optional healthcare scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Opportunity to be fast-tracked to a Senior Management position, should you be selected for a permanent position after the Programme

What We Are Looking For:

We are looking for hard-working, talented entrepreneurs, who will participate enthusiastically, with a willingness to try and do anything. Kite is a collaborative business, working on the philosophy of partnership and accountability over hierarchy and politics.

The Programme will be incredibly rewarding, but also demanding. Therefore at a minimum candidates must:

  • Be a recent graduate – gaining their degree in 2015, 2016 or 2017
  • Have a minimum of a 2.1 degree
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Possess strong numerical skills
  • Have a likeability, with the ability to easily create a rapport with others
  • Be prepared to re-locate around the UK on a rotational, frequent basis

Experience working in a business environment is also desirable, but most of all we want to see ambition, initiative and enthusiasm!

How To Apply

If you are interested in applying for our Graduate Development Programme, send your CV and covering letter to aimhigh@kitepackaging.co.uk.