Commercial Graduate Programme continued…


With locations across the country there are opportunities to be based at site (Sellafield, Dounreay or other client or partner sites) or our main offices in Warrington, Bristol or Leicester. A willingness to be geographically flexible throughout your programme will be advantageous.


Business Winning

With a pipeline of several billion pounds- domestically and internationally; the prospect to participate in interesting and challenging bids is endless. A placement within this function will allow you to experience the business from a strategic angle; carrying out market research, competitor analysis, bid writing and attending strategic reviews. As such this team is pivotal to the success of the overall business- providing an opportunity to gain a base understanding of the industry before developing your knowledge in other functions.


Working for a Head of Commercial or Senior Commercial Business Partner, these placements are challenging and varied. Heads of Commercial and Senior Commercial Business Partners manage varied portfolios of work including co-ordinating the management of multiple projects, frameworks and new bids. In this placement you will be expected to take over some of the responsibilities from your line manager, including taking the commercial lead for frameworks, supporting bids (both bids for new projects and framework tasks) and managing both customer relationships and internal relationships. You will be working closely with the procurement and supply chain team to manage the links between the work being done for Cavendish and the Customer by the supply chain.

Commercial Projects

Whilst the commercial function offers a broader perspective into the workings of the function- this placement narrows down onto delivering a specific project. This will include the initiation of the contract, managing supply chain work packages, advising the project manager of any changes and ensuring payment is on time and to budget. As such this placement offers a chance to gain in-depth knowledge of ongoing projects and helping to secure profit for the business.

Procurement Placement

The procurement function encompasses a number of teams, including Supply Chain Analysis, Category Management Support and Project Specific Procurement. As such, you could be placed into any one of these teams involving working alongside the Procurement Lead for a specific project to create, improve and maintain supplier relationships to ensure, budgets, project milestones and quality requirements are met. This will allow you to develop your understanding of both the wider business and external stakeholders, and the importance of driving value savings for Cavendish Nuclear bottom-line.

You may also be providing analytical support to the Category Management team to identify key areas for improvements in efficiency and opportunities to add value. You will learn how to negotiate prices, improve lead times and produce procurement plans to implement within projects. Day today tasks in this placement will include liaising between suppliers and other stakeholders, testing the market for supplier capacity and capability, analysing spend-data, and running competitive tenders for sub-contract work. You will be given key tasks and scopes of work to support and be guided by an experienced Procurement Specialist or Lead

Continued Professional Development

Whilst on the graduate scheme you will join the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), this will enable you to access regular publications, seminars and guides relating to contract and commercial management. You will also be enrolled onto their accreditation scheme which comprises of: self-assessment, enrolment onto the Contract and Commercial Management course, 31 E-learning modules which cover; Initiation, Bidding, Development, Negotiation and Management and, a final written exam.

Cavendish Nuclear also run a Post Graduate Certificate in Commercial Management in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde and a Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7) in conjunction with Aston University, both of which are available to our Commercial Graduates during or shortly after their initial graduate period.

There is also a strong support system in place- comprising of current graduates who are assigned as ‘buddies’ to incoming graduates, and senior level mentors drawn from a wide spectrum of the business and line managers and functional heads. Additionally, there are a number of training schemes provided internally and externally. You are also heavily encouraged to join networks such as the Young Generation Network (YGN) which is part of the Nuclear Institute, as well as other networks internally and externally.