Rotate across global brands, geographies and roles. Work at some of the best attractions on the planet. And build up all the skills and experiences you need to become a Merlin leader of the future. That’s what being on our two-year ACCELERATE graduate programme could mean for you. Sound like fun? We’re just getting started!
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Online application and personality profile. Depending on the role, you may also be asked to take part in situational judgement and logical reasoning assessments.
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The interview stage. We sometimes use video interviewing. Alternatively, your interview may be over the phone or face to face.
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Assessment centre. This will vary from role to role but is likely to involve team exercises and an interview. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about working at Merlin while at the same time showing us just what you can do.
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Our graduate programmes in Business Management and Marketing are designed to give you maximum exposure to our global business, and to prepare you for future leadership roles. They are also designed to give you fun and uniquely challenging experiences right from the very start.
Over two years, you’ll move through a series of rotational placements, each based at a different Merlin site. The aim is to give you insight into a variety of functions and locations, so you build up a solid understanding of who we are and what we do. Throughout the programme, you’ll benefit from professional training and a vast support network. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in enjoyable and exciting work every minute of the day.
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Can you see yourself running your own attraction one day? How about leading your own department in a senior management role? If you’re a bright, entrepreneurial graduate, then our Business Management programme puts ambitions like these within your reach. The programme lasts two years and gives you a broad range of exposure and experience, as you take on commercial, strategic, operational and leadership placements across the Merlin business. This will help you gain insights into all aspects of our operations, from admissions to food and beverage, rides to retail.
By the end of the programme, you should be ready to move up to a permanent management role, such as Operations Manager, Rides Manager, Retail Manager or Commercial Manager. And in the longer term, the sky’s the limit.
How do you fancy leading the marketing successes of some of the world’s most exciting brands? This programme will help you develop all the skills you need, through placements in PR, promotions, trade, events, operations, strategy and more. Your responsibilities will vary greatly from placement to placement – everything from promoting business to local trade to managing marketing materials for the launch of a new attraction. Along the way, you’ll gain real insight into our customer journey and how we create memorable experiences for our guests.
By the end of the programme, you should be ready to move up into a permanent marketing role such as Global Marketing Executive, Sales Executive, Marketing Manager or Junior Brand Manager.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO
We are fast-growing business and we’re opening new attractions all the time. So we need our future leaders to be the kind of people who can really drive our business forward. That means being innovative, demonstrating strong commercial awareness and having the strength of character to challenge the status quo. Customer focus is extremely important too.
Our ACCELERATE graduate programmes are truly global, so as well as being eligible to work in the country where you’re applying you must be willing to develop your career potentially anywhere across Europe, Asia, Australia or the USA. You must also have a minimum 2:1 bachelor degree (3.2 GPA in the USA) or equivalent international qualification.
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