Graduate Management Training Scheme

Job Description

Do you want to join the management of a university that is consistently rated amongst the best in the world?

Imperial College London is looking to recruit recent graduates to its Graduate Management Training Scheme, designed to provide candidates without extensive professional experience with an introduction to university management. Previous management trainees have successfully progressed to a wide range of roles across the College.
Duties and responsibilities

Successful applicants will undertake a series of placements across the College, working with senior management, gaining rapid personal development and a wealth of experience. Trainees take an active role in working on some of the most important strategic issues within the College, and are required to prioritise diverse and challenging workloads to produce work of the highest standard. In addition, management trainees will also attend various professional development courses and may be offered the opportunity to undertake external study.

Key Skills and Qualities:
• Independence: the ability to take the initiative, lead on projects, and be proactive in prioritising a dynamic and diverse workload
• Interpersonal: confidence in forming effective working relationships with a broad range of people, including working as part of a team
• Analytical: the ability to draw accurate and informative conclusions from detailed research without losing sight of the bigger picture
• Communication: effective oral and written communication of ideas with an excellent command of English
• Adaptability: the ability to multitask, and to respond effectively to change, on a day-to-day basis and between placements
• An interest in higher education
• An interest in personal and professional development
Essential requirements

Applicants should possess, or expect to achieve this year, a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. No previous management experience is required but applicants should have graduated from higher education within the last three years (i.e. since the summer of 2015) or be due to graduate in summer 2018. Applicants graduating from or who have recently obtained Masters and PhD qualifications will also be considered.
Further information

Once the application window has closed applicants will be shortlisted and a small proportion of these will be invited for interview. We receive a very high number of applications every year, with over 500 applications last year. To make sure your application stands out, you need to demonstrate how you meet the person specification.

Shortlisted applicants are likely to be invited to interview in the week commencing 12 March 2018.

The Scheme will commence on 27 September 2018. Successful applicants will be awarded a three year fixed-term contract, with a starting salary of £30,770. Subject to a successful performance review after 12 months, trainees will be promoted to the next salary grade, starting at £35,850.

Salaries quoted may increase by any cost of living award implemented by the College in 2018.

For more information about the scheme and details of how to apply, please visit our website at

Please note that all applications must be completed on the official application form.
Candidates should only upload statements describing how they meet the person specification in either MS Word or PDF format to maintain formatting. CVs will not be considered.
About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.
Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
Deliver positive outcomes
Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
Develop and grow skills and expertise
Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.