Following in the success of our relaunched Operational Management Trainee Programme, we are seeking talented and passionate graduates who have the desire, drive and determination to become our next generation of leaders.

If you are looking to develop your career in operational management, our 2-year graduate programme offers you a breadth of experience across our various business sectors and functions through four 6-month rotations.   You will gain real job experience across all aspects of managing business in the market leading food and services provider including retail, fine dining, guest services and events management. From providing quality food in our corporate sector to delivering world class sporting and leisure events –and much more besides. You’ll get the chance to develop the skills needed to make a head start on your career journey in a truly global company.

Applications are currently being accepted for our Graduate Management Trainee Programme (Ops) commencing in October 2020.

Please make sure you meet the eligibility criteria, including having the right to work in the UK for the duration of the programme being offered.

We will be conducting half day Assessment Centres for this program on 24th and 25th March 2020.


The Programme is a two-year rotational scheme which provides you with the opportunity to learn and develop your skills across our business functions and sectors, to help you to be a future leader of our business operations.

We truly believe our best managers are those who have an appreciation of the daily challenges and triumphs; from the front line through to management, so you will hit the ground running out in our business doing real work, making a difference and learning on the job from day one.

Across the 24 months you will rotate into 4 different areas of our business.  Each 6-month rotation will allow you to access key skills and experience both at our client sites and in our central functions.  This could include anything from delivering outstanding restaurant experiences, supporting high profile sporting events and feeding thousands of school children, patients, workers and military personnel, to delivering warm welcomes, clean buildings and safe environments.

Whilst most of your learning will be on the job, we also provide a structured learning programme including, online support / reflection tools and workshops with your Graduate community. All the time supported by your mentor and Graduate Programme Manager, who will be on hand to help you to navigate your journey.

The programme is designed to set you up to be one of our future outstanding Operations Managers who run single units, multi-sites and even multi-service contracts, making commercial decisions and working directly with our clients and senior leaders.  They bring out the best in people and inspire our teams while supporting them to achieve the highest quality and service standards.

Ideal Candidate

If you have graduated within the last two years and you are enthusiastic, driven and passionate about delivering great food and service, then we want to hear from you.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • An appetite to be part of the food and hospitality industry
  • A collaborative approach with the ability to build relationships
  • Commercial awareness and a desire for a future role within Operations Management
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong motivation and drive, with great attention to detail
  • The ability to develop new ideas and see them through to completion.
  • A willingness and flexibility to relocate in the UK in order to take advantage of the many great opportunities on offer nationally.

All candidates must have:

  • A Degree level (or higher) qualification (obtained within the last 2 years)
  • Eligibility to work in the UK for the duration of the programme being offered.

Package Details

In addition to wealth and breadth of experience and skills that you will gain across multiple aspects of the world’s largest food and service company you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of £23k (up to £25k for London based roles)
  • Continuous learning both on the job and course based
  • A dedicated inspirational mentor and opportunities to build your professional network
  • Ongoing program support from our central team
  • A kick-start for your future career in Operations Management

About Us

Compass is the UK and Ireland’s No.1 food and support services provider and part of the worldwide Compass Group which has over half a million employees globally. Our people are both front of house and behind the scenes at around 15,000 locations, from oil rigs to race courses, from boardrooms to classrooms, from hospitals to barracks.

Our people are the foundation of our business; and attracting, retaining and developing great people is absolutely crucial to our success. We’re a family of more than 60,000 individuals across the UK & Ireland all focused on thinking, creating and delivering great things to brighten every day for our clients and their customers.

We are continually working to ensure that we are a diverse and inclusive employer. We are committed to giving our people the safest and fairest environment to work in, the best industry training and the opportunity to build meaningful and rewarding long-term careers.

  • Various UK Locations