The Programme

What to expect over the next two years

You will experience two twelve-month placements, in different roles and businesses, during the two-year programme. Your placements will be created with you in mind and based on real business needs. Your placements will be in different industry divisions and potentially different countries across the three continents in which we have a presence.

The development framework we have in place will mean you will have diverse placements, individual coaching, feedback at regular intervals, development against our bespoke development programme and access to obtain a professional qualification. All this, and how much you put into the roles you hold, will help you progress however far and in whichever direction you choose.

Immediate Impact
We place graduates according to genuine business needs so, whichever company you go to, and whatever project you are working on, you will be expected to make a real contribution to the business from the start.

Continuous Development
Alongside on-the-job training, we offer regular learning and development to help you develop your personal and professional skills. You will also have the opportunity to gain a professional qualification during your time on the programme, sponsored by us. Examples of qualifications gained by some of our graduates to date are: ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing), CISA (Certified Information System Auditor), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), Change Management, PRINCE2 (project management) and Agile Project Management.

DCC operates in 21 countries where English is not always the spoken language therefore we truly value graduates who speak a number of languages. We give graduates who wish to enhance their language skills one-to-one language lessons.

Ongoing Support
Although we expect you to hit the ground running, we certainly won’t leave you to sink or swim. We will assign you a dedicated Coach, a Graduate Buddy (a graduate from a previous year’s intake) and a Graduate Business Contact. You will also be supported by the Graduate Programme team and your Line Manager in each of your placements.


Experience different teams, industries and cultures

We are a global organisation, operating not just in the UK and Ireland but in 19 other countries throughout Continental Europe, Asia and North America. We are also an incredibly diverse organisation, encompassing a wide range of industries, businesses and specialisms.


What to expect over the next two years

Business IT

Business IT

DCC offers a unique environment in which to develop an IT career. For us, IT is about translating opportunities into added value so our Business IT graduates focus less on the technology itself and more on how technology can be used to drive competitive advantage.

You will start by mastering the role of a business analyst both from an operational and project perspective. This role will involve learning how multiple systems (e.g. SAP, Microsoft Dynamics Navision, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Qlikview) are deployed across our businesses. In the longer term, you will act almost as an internal consultant providing an interface between technical teams and the rest of the business and managing major projects from beginning to end.

Sample Projects

Designing and delivering a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database for a sales function

Upgrading a web proposition to support business-to-business (B2B) marketing activity

Integrating newly acquired companies onto different IT systems

Managing IT system implementations

Business Management

Business Management

We’re proud to say we have some truly amazing managers working for us at DCC so join us as a graduate in Business Management and you’ll be able to learn from the very best.

There will be opportunities for you to gain experience in various aspects of our business including logistics, operations, procurement, human resources, IT, retail, sales and marketing. These experiences will present you with many different commercial challenges and build up a broad range of skills.

Sample Projects

Contributing to post-acquisition integration projects

Working with senior management on business forecasting and planning

Managing sales projects as part of a fast-paced central function

Managing business change projects

Developing operational key performance indicators (KPIs)



Our logistics capability runs through everything we do at DCC and is a key competitive advantage that set us apart from our competitors. For us, logistics means the complete management of the supply chain from coordinating a fleet of tankers to helping major internet shopping sites deliver to their customers’ doors in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

As a graduate in Logistics, you will take on responsibility for many different elements of your business’s operations, and you are expected to play an important part in leading business improvement.

Sample Projects

Using customer forecasting to match supply to demand

Managing the integration of stock between warehouses following the acquisition of a company

Building a business case for the introduction of new technology into our operations

Providing support for the introduction of SAP or similar systems into newly acquired companies

Project management of the installation of company wide new technology



Marketing is a vital strategic tool in DCC to drive sales, grow customer acquisition and create awareness around our value-added services. Marketing graduates will play a key role in building our brands and developing and implementing creative and commercial marketing initiatives. Strong commercial performance is at the heart of everything we do, and as a result, the contributions you make to our businesses will be clearly visible.

Sample Projects

Designing and implementing a social media strategy for one of our businesses

Managing a business’ own-brand ranges

Contributing to exhibitions and media campaigns

Leading customer acquisition and retention campaigns

New product development

Developing and executing marketing campaigns for brands



As a Sales graduate, you will be given the opportunity to gain international experience in a fast-paced and exciting environment. You will be required to become rapidly acquainted with different business models in the different sales functions you work with whilst also developing strong customer relationships and gaining in-depth product knowledge. Our businesses are focused on strong commercial performance, and the results of your contribution will add real value to the sales functions you are placed in.

Sample Projects

Build a sales pipeline and meet strategic growth targets by identifying new business opportunities

Develop and implement strategies in all target accounts

Conduct strategic reviews within the customer base

Work in conjunction with Sales Managers to develop and implement commercial strategies to achieve the business’ objectives

Develop territory management plans that identify and prioritise activities to achieve business goals

Work on new product launches by analysing competitors and market size in determining the best possible strategy to grow its business’ brands