Sales & Marketing
Our market is diverse and truly international, and Pilkington sets world standards for quality and performance. However, the key to our continued success lies not simply in developing the potential of our existing markets, but also in opening up new ones and commercially launching new, innovative products. This depends upon effective sales and marketing.
This broad description embraces a number of specialised areas, covering the analysis of trends, business development, public relations, creative and advertising strategies, new product and business development and the provision of technical advice to different sectors, as well as more customer-facing activities such as key account management.
Essential to this is the need to work closely with people from many other functions within the company.
Graduate development programmes vary widely in content, depending upon the existing skills and aptitudes of the individual graduate. The overall aim is to give you the breadth of vision you will need later in your career and help you identify which elements of the function you may wish to progress further. At the same time, these placements have been chosen to be of benefit to Pilkington, so you will have to be strongly results-orientated and develop good communication skills.
Although UK-based graduates will usually start their careers in the UK, there will be opportunities to work with colleagues in other countries on specific projects, and both short and longer term assignments outside the UK are possible.
Language skills are therefore a great advantage, particularly French or German.
To complement the work-based experiences, you will be encouraged to participate in the full range of general graduate development activities including the Diploma in Management, which will help you prepare for management roles in the future.
Put simply, entering the sales and marketing functions will develop your business skills and open up varied opportunities in your future career.
Please see the Vacancies page to check which functional areas we have vacancies in.
Main UK Locations
- St Helens: Building Products, Automotive Products
- Birmingham: Automotive Products
- Redditch: Automotive Aftermarket Distribution