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BMW UK, National Sales Company, Farnborough - Government Affairs - 13 Month Placement (July 2024)


We be­lieve in cre­ating an envi­ron­ment where you, our placement student, can learn and develop dur­ing your time with us and where you are giv­en your own ar­eas of responsibilities from the start. Our experts and mentors will treat you as part of the team from day one; encour­aging you to bring your own ideas to the table and to give you the opportunity to show what you can re­ally do.

Our Summit ONE in Farnborough is home to the National Sales Company for the BMW Group in the UK, as well as BMW Group Financial Services which offers retailers, corporate and private customers a range of customised financial services. Alphabet (GB) Ltd. as a leading provider of Business Mobility Services is also located in Farnborough.  We decided in November 2020 to bring together BMW Financial Services and Alphabet to stay relevant to our customers and continue to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment.

Within our self-contained campus, we offer a modern way of working with an empowering office culture, some aspects of which include:

• Our work persona shift – being yourself is effortless and so increases efficiency. For this reason we allow our employees to express themselves through the way they dress.
• Flexible working hours - working flexibly improves mental perspective and increases sustained productivity. This means our leaders maintain balance, not burnout, through focusing on output, not attendance.
• The opportunity to get involved with our continued support to our house charity with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.
• Throughout our offices there are open creative spaces which hold facilities such as table-tennis tables to encourage innovation and employee engagement.


BMW UK, National Sales Company, Farnborough - Government Affairs - 13 Month Placement (July 2024) 

The Government Affairs department is responsible for promoting BMW priorities and influencing Government and External bodies to protect, build and promote the image of the BMW Group and its products in the UK.

What will you be doing?

Support the team in a variety of ways including (but not limited to):

  • assist with daily administration and policy work
    • keep up to date with all administration tasks (bookings, visits etc.) needed for the team; 
    • keep abreast of Parliamentary and other bodies’ updates (particularly trade bodies, consultations on relevant topics) and summarise actions for team
  • event organisation (planning and execution)
    • working with the team on the admin for visits to UK Plants from Government and External Stakeholders;
    • liaising with all BMW Group colleagues needed for smooth running of visits; 
    • assisting on location for all visits.
  • liaise with Government and external bodies as required:
    • daily contact with UK Government and external bodies to assist with queries from both sides;
    • building up, and working with internal BMW Group networks on topics as needed (topics have included Brexit, Covid and UK ICE ban in the recent past) to help in setting the company position; 
    • attending meetings at UK Plants, Westminster (including Parliament) and at other locations throughout the UK
  • liaise with other (internal) departments as required
  • Studying for a Bachelor-level degree and predicted to graduate with 2:2 or above. We would welcome applications from a wide-range of students – the field of study is not necessarily relevant, and we are keen to interview applicants who can demonstrate an interest and passion for Politics and communications beyond their academic studies.
  • Relevant work experience is expected – particularly in the field of Politics and/or communications. This does not need to be long-term placements, but enthusiasm for the subject matter and a good working knowledge of Parliament/Government would be really helpful.
  • Excellent communication skills – whether in person, on the phone or written - are essential as is consistent and reliable attention to detail.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) is required.
  • UK Driving License is preferred due to travel with the role.

Why choose us?

·    Great Pay – A competitive annual salary of £21,600, 27 days holiday per annum (pro rata to your contract) and an attractive pension scheme.

·    Rewarding Work-Life Balance – Contracted working hours are 37.5 Farnborough a week Monday to Friday, helping you develop a fulfilling work-life balance.

·    Exciting Additional Benefits – You will have the opportunity to enjoy access to our Advantages scheme, giving you access to a range of offers and discounts, and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

What are we responsible for?

·    Supporting you in your training and ensuring you settle into your role and feel welcomed.

·    Working sustainably and ethically.

·    Providing you with the opportunity to bring your own ideas and develop yourself.

·    Ensuring you are happy with your work-life balance and feel as though your contribution to the business is being valued.

·    Encouraging you to develop your soft skills such as creating working relationships, communicating effectively, delivering presentations and gaining confidence in your own ability, supporting you in both your return to university and your future career.


·    What do you need to do now?

·    If this sounds like the opportunity for you then apply today using the link below.

·    The next stages of the recruiting process could include: online testing, video interview and then a face to face, telephone or virtual interview with the hiring manager. This may be in the form of an assessment centre.

Please note:

·    We operate rolling recruitment, this means we may close the application window earlier than identified, if sufficient applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

·    Please ensure that you complete all of the free text questions for your application to be progressed, and include a role relevant cover letter, explaining why we should consider you for this position.

·    To be eligible for this position, you must be returning to your studies, for a minimum of 6 months, after completion of this placement, and be able to provide proof of your legal right to work in the UK, if you are not a UK passport holder.  

·    We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st January 2024

Any further questions? Email us on  FutureTalentRecruitment@bmwgroup.com


BMW UK, National Sales Company, Farnborough - Government Affairs - 13 Month Placement (July 2024)

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