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Commercial Sales & Management Graduate Programme

Join a growing, industry leading, award winning company...

Established in 1951, CEF is a privately owned, expert supplier of electrical products and services for professional buyers and installers all over the UK.

You probably haven’t heard of us before, but you might have seen one of our 400+ vans or 390 branches or you may even know one of our 2,500 staff. Chances are you haven’t seen our award winning website* cef.co.uk, but we would definitely like you to find out more about our award winning graduate programme*

We’re in an industry worth £4bn per annum in the UK, with a diverse and interesting customer base. Our National Account customers include; Amey, British Telecom, Coca-Cola and London Underground. We’re also global; with businesses extending to the USA, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia.

We have created several industry leading own-label brands, with many of those products being produced and manufactured right here in the UK.

What we offer

Aspire is an 18 month, fast-paced, jam packed programme focused on finding talented individuals and developing them into future leaders of our business.

We’ll immerse you into every aspect of CEF life from day-to-day operations right through to manufacturing, all the while preparing you for a role in account management.

Time spent away from home will be required. You’ll travel throughout the UK, meeting new and exciting people and attending regular training courses.

Career progression is our primary objective and promoting from within is one of our core values. People development is high on our agenda and we’ll nurture your talent to bring out the very best in you.

Course content

With such a variety of content covered on the course, there’ll never be a dull day. We’ve structured the course so you’ll gain and develop the essential skills required to reach the top.

Course content will include:

  • Day to day operations
  • Customer service
  • Commercial business training
  • Product knowledge training
  • Professional sales training
  • Management training

Your future

On successful programme completion, you’ll go on to your first sales management role as an Account Manager. This is just the beginning of a fast paced and rewarding career with CEF.

Our senior managers have all worked their way to the top. Here’s where they all started:

  • 12 x Van Drivers
  • 14 x Sales Assistants
  • 1 x Head Office Trainee
  • 11 x Account Managers

Who knows where the future will take you? With 390 branches, 17 manufacturing operations, 16 distribution centres and operations in 5 other countries, the possibilities are endless.

What you need

We like can do attitudes, positive thinkers and get the job done people who seize every opportunity. As a bright and talented graduate, you’ll not be afraid to use your initiative and take the lead. We’ve created our graduate programme for people just like you and we’ll invest in you all the way.

We’re looking for individuals who go the extra mile, who hit the ground running and eat pressure for breakfast. We’ll push you - it’s tough; but the end results will set you up for a successful career and future.
There’s no doubt about it, a career with CEF requires 100% commitment, dedication and hard work; bags of initiative and a real desire to succeed. But for the right candidate, the rewards are there by the bucket full. Does this sound like you?

You also need the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Honours Degree (any discipline) – minimum 2.2
  • Full UK driving licence.

How to apply

Send us a copy of your CV complete with a cover letter via the 'apply by email' button.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting employers!