All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by British Sugar employees based on 29 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.8/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.3/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.1/5
 
Company Culture:
3.1/5
 
Career Progression:
3.4/5
 
Colleagues:
3.8/5
 
Training:
3.9/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.5/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.3/5
 

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British Sugar

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Average end time: 17:00

Average number of working hours: 9.5

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Application Advice:

Always be yourself; try to get this across throughout the application process, and try to show your personality too. Doing a bit of background reading about the company, and ABF as a whole, will help you to get a better insight into who we are and what we do. Including an understanding of this in your application will show you have taken time to do your research and your interest in the company.

Check out the www.britishsugar.co.uk and www.notjustsugar.com websites for more info.

Interview Advice:

Background reading into the company may also be useful in answering some tricky interview questions, and help make the decision if a career with British Sugar is right choice for you.

Think about the skills you have gained in school/university/extra-curricular activities/previous jobs etc. and how these relate to the skills required in the role advertised, and what is reflected in the company values.

As above, being yourself through all stages of the interview process is important as you will naturally to relax and come across better. Think about some questions to also ask those interviewing you (hint: have them written down so you don't forget them on the day), again, this is just as much an opportunity to see if British Sugar is right for you as much as it is for those interviewing you.

Graduate, at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Don't just focus on your course but also extra curricular activities as British Sugar hire well rounded individuals.
Understand that the operations schemes start with 6 months of shift. The shift manager scheme continues shift for a number of years. This means that weekends off are few and far between.

Interview Advice:

Have a range of topics/scenarios in mind that you would like to talk about when asked the standard 'where have you displayed this certain characteristic..' questions but don't learn set answers. This means that you can adapt to the exact question being asked and it comes across a lot more natural.

Operations Graduate, Operations at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

If the job advertised excites and would challenge you, then apply because it will certainly live up to the expectations

Interview Advice:

Just be yourself, this sounds cheesy but British Sugar hire you because of who you are and because they can see potential.

COMPASS Projects and Process Manager, Commercial and Supply Chain at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Be sure you are happy to live and work in the areas the company is based in.

Interview Advice:

Be sure to know about the company, it's history and the market.
The sugar market is very complicated as commodity markets go and it has impacted our business a lot over the last couple of decades.
Knowing a bit about how we extract sugar won't hurt either.

Supply Chain Planner, Sales & Operational Planning at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

British Sugar looks for well rounded individuals so use a variety of situations to show this.

Personal projects are a great way to prove a genuine interest in your subject and hobbies which demonstrate either leadership or your ability to work as a team are vital for the role.

Interview Advice:

Standard interview tips such as writing down situations where you've overcome challenges or dealt with conflict before the interview will help put your best side across.

Otherwise be yourself as this is the best way for them to see if your personality fits into the company, its easy to fake a brief interview but its much harder in the middle of a night shift.

Graduate opearations trainee, Beet end operations at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Understand the business, and its parent companies. The industry is changing in 2017, so make sure to understand how this will affect our business and what skills you could bring to help this

Interview Advice:

Asked about my skills, and how I'd fit into the business.

Business & Procurement Graduate, Product Availability at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Spend a lot of time on the online application. Thousands of people can apply for the scheme so your application really has to stand out. If you have life experience outside of your studies such as travelling etc this really helps show what your personality is like. At this stage it is more about the type of person you are instead of your academic or technical proficiency.

Interview Advice:

Start learning the process before any interview. Having some knowledge that enables you to ask specific questions is very helpful. The sugar industry is also facing a shake up in 2017 so having some knowledge about this will really help at the interview stage. Ask questions!

Graduate Shift Operations Manager, Operations at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

When applying think what have you experienced or learnt that will help you fulfill this job? If you can give some examples and evidence of how well you could develop it will help you pass

Interview Advice:

Brush up on basic process and control knowledge. Also what will be the significant challenges for the business in the next few years?

Graduate, at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Only apply if serious about the job, and take the time to fill in the application form. Probably wont get far if fill it in half-heartedly.

Interview Advice:

Having some practical experience of what equipment looks like is a bonus.

Operations Graduate, Newark at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Learn about the business, all the different co-products, locations etc.
It would be even more impressive if you learn about the sugar industry in the EU. Its been a heavily regulated market till recently.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. They are looking for the right fit as much as anything else. This will come across naturally if you are and if your not then its probably best for both parties that you dont get the job. Bring out the parts of your personality / experience that are most aligned with their selection criteria.
They asked me the standard competency based questions where you give evidence of times when I've displayed the competencies they are looking for.

Finance Graduate, Finance at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

be yourself

Interview Advice:

be yourself

Area manager, Ag at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

You need to be keen to learn and very self motivated as it is your responsibility to manage your learning and meet your knowledge targets. You will be handed a lot of responsibilty early on so be prepared to hit the ground running!

Interview Advice:

Be able to think on your feet and think about your answers carefully. If you are not sure use your engineering common sense to try and come up with a solution to technical questions and be honest if you really dont know. The interviewer will be looking for a lot more than just technical ability, the roles you will be filling are centred around your ability to communicate and manage people effectively.

Production Engineer, Operations at British Sugar
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Interview Advice:

The final interview stage is actually quite enjoyable, go in to it openly and honestly and it's good fun!

Graduate Electrical Engineer, at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Only apply if you're happy to be relocated around Norfolk and don't mind getting your hands dirty.

Shift Operations Manager, Operations at British Sugar
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Interview Advice:

Undertake background research & be yourself.

Management Reporting Accountant, Finance at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Think about what you want out of a career. Look to see if this fits in with British Sugar. You will spend more time at work than you do with your families, so make sure it is soemthing you can be committed to. Be honest in interviews. It is clear who is passionate about what they want to achieve and who is saying the words that they think want to be heard. Do your research about the company. It is impressive if you have a good understanding of operations within an interview. Remember it is future Management that are being recruited, so fresh ideas and an accertive nature is key.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Be confident. Know what you want.

Operations Management Graduate, at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

The value the business puts on graduates is very noticeable & impressive from the very start of applying for a role; the assessment centre is a 2-day event at a hotel where you will be taken to look round parts of the business, followed by various assessment tasks on the following day. Most managers from across the department are in attendance and it's suprising how many of those started as graduates!

As with any application form, get as much info down as you can, check & double check for spelling & grammatical errors - that is the first impression you give to someone so make it count to get through to the next stage!

Interview Advice:

Be knowledgeable about any issues facing the business, particularly agricultural related - read the farming press & research related topics to be able to discuss these at interview.

Agricultural Area Manager, Newark Agriculture at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

This role requires a sociable personality and a "get up and go" attitude. Building relationships is key. If you prefer to focus on the detail and become a subject matter expert straight away, perhaps this isn't the role for you.

Interview Advice:

We interview a lot of people in a short space of time; it's important to get noticed, but for the right reasons. Be confident, ask lots of questions and think about how to promote your USP.

Buyer, Procurement at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Ensure applications are made specific to the company you are applying for. Having gone through applications in the past, it is very clear when people have sent a generic CV or application out. With the volume of applicants, this lack of attention to detail can make a clear distinction between some applicants.

Be yourself, applications are a window that looks both ways. We require a certain standard of individual, but you should also be thinking about what we can provide for you.

Interview Advice:

Interrogate the website, including the process and case studies, but practice simple arithmetic and other basic skills as these are just as important in the role you are applying for as advanced technical knowledge.

Operations Chemist, Process Laboratory at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

- Understand that this a manufacturing business, and the breadth of experience that this will give you
- Do your research on British Sugar and ABF

Interview Advice:

- You need to demonstrate a passion for finance and an understanding of its role within British Sugar
- Relax, no-one will try to trip you up!

Finance Graduate, Finance at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Do lots of research around the company and its activities

Interview Advice:

Be yourself!

Finance Graduate, at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Research the company to a very indepth level.

Be yourself and make sure it is a two way process, make sure everything in the job is for you as much as you are for it.

Interview Advice:

Go to other assessment centres days - pratice. Give you a feel for what the company is like.

Business Management Graduate, Sales at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Take your time on applications and make sure you really are suited to the business
Research
Be yourself

Procurement Graduate, Buyer at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Research the company well and relate answers to the company values, giving examples in all answers.

Interview Advice:

Relate your answers to real life experiences.

Business Management Graduate, Business at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Prepare well. Know the company.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Finance graduate, at British Sugar
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Interview Advice:

Do your research on the business as well as the wider ABF group, and some competitiors within the sugar industry.

Be enthusiastic and engage with all persons within the interview process (managers and other candidates alike), but remember, its still a competition for the job!

Finance Graduate, Finance at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

Be open minded - on the forefront British Sugar can seem very engineering focused, but there are so many opportunities within the company to progress within a business role. I joined on the business scheme and have worked in 5 different departments, this experience is priceless.

Interview Advice:

Learn about the company and it's values - they are very important to British Sugar.

Be yourself and be open and honest - the company has to fit for you as well as you fitting for the company.

National Account Manager, Commercial at British Sugar
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Application Advice:

There is lots of information about the manufacturing process and the grad scheme on the website so have a good read through and make sure you are clear on why the scheme is for you.
You have to be able to work within a team so highlight examples of team-work and leadership you may have experienced, not just within University.
Make the most of the interview stages and ask questions of current graduates and the managers that are available to speak to on these days.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared for some problem solving style questioning as this is a core skill used in operations. Some basic knowledge of the process would be an advantage. Also, have an awareness of current affairs that may be affecting the business. Most importantly, be yourself.

Shift Operations Manager, Operations at British Sugar
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