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Graduate Programme

DS Smith is committed to sourcing and developing talent across all levels of the organisation. To help us continue to run the successful business, we are investing a significant amount of time, effort and attention in our graduates – who we see as our leaders of the future.

Paper & Recycling programme

Our DS Smith Paper & Recycling Graduate Programme is a 2-year programme commencing usually in September. 

You will be involved in a dynamic working environment, with plenty of chances to grow and develop. DS Smith will help you apply your knowledge and experience to make a real and valued contribution to the organisation, while exposing yourself to all facets and attributes of the DS Smith world.

International opportunitites

The programme will be split across at least two locations across Europe; Italy, France, Germany and The Netherlands are among the country of choice. By joining our Graduate Programme, you will be given the opportunity to gain a solid professional experience by working on strategic projects and develop your management skills in an international environment. 

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You will gain in-depth knowledge of DS Smith and its exceptionally dynamic working environment. Being provided with full access to the manufacturing and commercial facilities, you will quickly gain a wide and holistic perspective of the business.

Throughout your entire professional experience in DS Smith, you will be assigned a mentor to give you support and regular feedback on your performance and development. You will be involved in all the main Management Training Initiatives, such as our Engaging Managers Programme, to prepare yourself for a management position. You will also have access to the full set of Learning & Development resources that DS Smith offers to its employees.


DS Smith is looking for outstanding and dynamic individuals who have leadership potential and a strong interest in pursuing an international career in the paper industry.

  • We are looking for top-class graduates willing to work for a growing leading multinational company
  • Fluent in English and at least one other European language
  • Have just graduated or have a maximum of up to two years working experience since the graduation
  • Fully mobile and have an ability and desire to re-locate across Europe

Benefits and Rewards

We understand that making the right career choice is important to any graduate, and joining a programme like ours shows you are committed and dedicated to your career. Therefore, our benefits & rewards packages for our programs reflect the market conditions of the country where you will be working for the duration of the programme, together with recognising the contribution and value that our graduates bring to our business.