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Are you ready to change the world of rail transport? If you’re ready to get on track with developing the future leader within, we invite you to join our Future Leaders Graduate Development programme.

At Northern, our mission is to connect millions to the vibrant life of the North. With 2,500 trains daily, we not only connect people to places but also to opportunities. As a graduate with Northern, you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of rail travel, improving customer experiences, and driving sustainable growth across the region.

Our programme starting September 2024, offers you a dynamic 24 month journey giving you comprehensive exposure to various aspects of the rail industry – from station operations to strategic planning and projects.

You’ll benefit from mentorship provided by leaders from across the business. Through their guidance, you’ll learn from their experience, which includes leading on major projects and spearheading innovation, enhance your strategic thinking and provide you with invaluable insights into the rail industry. This direct engagement is designed to prepare you for your next step in your career, equipping you with both a comprehensive skill set and a supportive professional network.

Programme outline

  • Rotational Assignments: Experience diverse aspects of our operations including Stations, Control, and Engineering.
  • Customer & Commercial Insight: Develop skills in Customer Experience, Marketing & Digital, and Commercial Strategy.
  • Business Awareness: Gain insight into Finance, Stakeholder Management, and Programmes.
  • Rail Industry Understanding: Work alongside Partner Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and Network Rail, participating in sector conferences.
  • Leadership Activities: Engage in tailored activities designed to enhance leadership skills, project management capabilities, and your overall business acumen.

This is more than just a job; it’s a career that makes a difference. You’ll not only witness the impact of your work, but also contribute to a legacy of improvement and innovation in the rail industry.

About you

You’re creative, eager to learn and adapt, possessing a drive to lead and manage change within a complex business environment. Your collaboration skills enable you to engage effectively, with various stakeholders, ensuring your professional growth and the success of our collective goals. It’s also important that you have the following:

  • A degree in any discipline, demonstrating strong academic performance
  • Interest in project management, leadership, and commercial awareness
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Dive into a career that drives change. Your journey to leadership and innovation starts here.

Our benefits

Because we value our people and reward hard work, we’ve created a benefits package that we think you’ll love. So, you’ll be able to make the most of:

  • Opportunities to progress and grow - including comprehensive training schemes and a range of online learning courses.
  • Free Travel on Northern services - everyone who works at Northern, plus their partners/spouses and dependents, can travel for free right across our full network of services. *Certain eligibility criteria will apply.
  • 75% discount with other Train Operating Companies - after 1 year with us, you’ll also get discounted travel on many other rail services in the UK and Europe.
  • Defined Benefit Pension Scheme - you’ll rarely find a pension as good as a Northern pension, and we top up your pension with a generous 1.5 times your contribution.
  • Maternity and Paternity Benefits - we go above and beyond the standard, and mums can enjoy 9 months’ maternity leave on full pay while dads can make the most of 2 weeks’ paternity leave on full pay.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - advice, support and useful information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on everything from family issues to lifestyle matters.
  • Exclusive benefits with Northern Perks - enjoy retail discounts, instant vouchers, cashback, wellbeing support and much more.

About Northern

Connecting millions of people and communities across the North is our mission. With 2,500 trains a day, we connect people to jobs, friends, family, and the wonders of the North.

We're improving rail travel, enhancing the experience on board and at stations. Customers are at the heart of our business as we improve performance and create a better way to go.

We're driving economic value and sustainable growth for the North and its people. Our commitment to the environment means reducing our impact and enhancing the world around us.

Make a difference. Make it last. Make it easy. Make it happen. Make it yours. These are our values.

Ready to make them yours?

Join us on this journey. Please note that Northern reserves the right to close recruitment for this role before the published closing date if high volumes of applications are received.

However, if you miss the application window for this particular role, please keep checking back for other opportunities. We are always on the lookout for great people to join the Northern Team!

We’re an equal opportunities employer and a promoter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, sex, ethnicity, race, religion, education, socioeconomic background, disability, or sexual orientation.