Careers At Rentokil Specialist Hygiene

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A clear graduate programme structure that gives you the chance to develop your career further

Opportunities to earn extra through incentives and reward schemes

Our Graduate Scheme

Are you interested in a role where everyday is different and you are always meeting new people? If yes, then you should consider applying for our graduate program. There are plenty of opportunities to test, challenge, reward and plenty of progression opportunities are there for the taking to further your career. All we require from you is to prove yourself.

The Rentokil Specialist Hygiene Graduate Programme offers a lot of flexibility and is tailored to whichever path you choose. To help you along the way we will ensure that the support and guidance needed to grow your careers is provided.

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Entry Requirements

To be considered for a position on our graduate programme, you must have a minimum of 2.2 BSc/BA, in any subject.

We are ideally looking for people who are interested in a career within a fast moving business and can work to targets. We offer a supportive training structure which will give you the tools you need to succeed through every stage of the programme and see you become a successful Manager of the future.

We are inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates who hold a full UK Driving Licence and live within commutable distance or are willing to relocate to the area.

Graduate Programme Structure

You will initially join our graduate programme as a Rookie Sales Consultant and attend a 4 week training course supported by our internal Sales Academy. You will receive both Technical and Sales training, along with being occasionally assessed both on the job by the local manager and also through the Sales Academy assessments.

You will have the opportunity to be graded annually through our Pay and Grading process and can increase your job grade and your earnings based on your individual performance. All Graduates meet on a regular basis to network and participate in project work and after 18 months you will also have the opportunity participate in our Aspiring Managers programme which provides management training to prepare our graduates for their first front line management role.

Typical career paths include Service Manager, Sales Manager, Key Accounts and Branch Manager. There are also opportunities to transfer to a management position within our other businesses.

  • First 2-4 weeks - You'll spend the first few weeks with our Specialist Hygiene Technicians to give you a good understanding of the business and service we provide, products we use and who our customers are.

  • 1 month – 18 months - After training you will then work as a Graduate Sales Consultant. The role of Being a Sales Consultant at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene involves the roles below:

    • Attend sales academy training working out in the field as well as theory within the classroom before then working in your patch
    • The Graduate Sales position involves understanding the customer issues selling the Hygiene services and products
    • Follow up leads and enquiries, develop any new business, maintain existing customer relations
    • Survey clients premises, come up with bespoke plans suitable for customer
    • Build relationships with customers and see deals to completion
    • Targeted role, uncapped commission

  • 18 months - 36 months+ - You'll have the opportunity to attend our Aspiring Managers programme and whilst doing this you'll continue in your Sales Consultant role. After attending the Aspiring Managers programme, depending on vacancies and your own personal preference you could then move into a team leader/ management position within the organisation. 

Our Application Process

Our recruitment process is simple and straightforward. It’s also quite competitive. So here’s how our graduate recruitment process is mapped out. You can see how you make your application stand-out and what the journey to being a Rentokil Specialist Hygiene Graduate looks like.

1. Submit CV

Tell us any strengths you may have. Which qualities you have that will make us want to hire you? Whatever they are, make sure they’re clearly spelled out in your application. Also any previous work experience and how you can apply it to the role you are applying for. Finally, even if it’s not required, a covering letter. If done well, they’ll give your application a real boost.

2. 1st Interview

During the first interview we’ll ask you about your skills and experience, and assess how well they match the job you’re applying for. We may also ask you some role playing questions to see how you would handle certain situations you’d experience on the job.

3. Field Work

If the first interview goes well, you will be invited to spend a few hours in the field with a colleague to experience the role first hand so that you get a good feel for the job role itself. 

4. Interview

After your first hands on experience in the field you will then come in for a second interview with one of the senior managers. During this interview we’ll be keen to learn more about you, how you like to work, and what your motivations and aspirations are.

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Meet Our Graduates

James Langtree

Position: Key Account Manager

Degree: International Relations BA

Rentokil Initial is a company I have always been aware of - I knew they were a large organisation and I knew there would be the potential to go far within the business. This is what originally appealed most about Rentokil Specialist Hygiene to me. After looking further into the Graduate Management Training Program I was interested to know more about the company and the challenges that working for Rentokil Specialist Hygiene could present.

My first role within the business was as a Field Sales Consultant. I covered a territory in Yorkshire and was responsible for providing regular sales for the North West & Yorkshire branch. I enjoyed the competitive nature of being part of a sales team. However, as an account manager I am now responsible for accounts nationwide. My role has shifted so now I am providing opportunities for my field sales colleagues and I really enjoy the relationship this allows me to have with those working in the field.

I have been working over 3 years now at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, everyday presents a different challenge to me. As an Account Manager I am constantly managing my own responsibilities autonomously. I enjoy the freedom to make my own decisions and I enjoy being able to take full ownership over my role. This level of responsibility allows me to take full control over my own career development.

Tayler Devos Browning

Position: Graduate Hygiene Sales Consultant

Degree: BSc (Hons) Business Management

Location: London

Previously I had worked in many different forms of sales, however with Rentokil I can see this as a full time career.

The sales academy is brilliant and one of a kind - it’s intensive and covers every service we do in great detail in and out of the classroom. When you are in the field you are never alone, once a week you are with your Manager and for the rest of the week help is only a call away.

What I enjoy most about my role is being able to help people who are in desperate need of your services - it can add a huge sense of achievement to your day. My role is extremely diverse, one minute I can be 'knee' deep in sewage working out how we go about getting the customer's premises back to what it once was, and the next in a building assessing the full extent of damage caused by a fire and what we can do to help.

Rentokil Initial is a fantastic company to work for as it is like one big family. As a graduate we are respected, given a large amount of responsibility with new and existing products and challenges to change real business processes.

Melvin Uwaibi

Position: Graduate Hygiene Sales Consultant

Degree: BA Joint Honours In Business, Journalism & Media Cultures

Location: London

I found the role advertised on a local job board as I was looking for a sales role with an element of account management.

What appealed to me was that each day was going to be different and not office based. I was encouraged that the business invested so much resources into training in the form of the Sales Academy. My initial training through the sales academy was for six weeks and was a mixture of product knowledge spending time with out with colleagues was helpful in easing my way into my new industry.

I enjoy my role as I get to meet my customers and create a sincere relationship with them. Rentokil Initial had allowed me to go to different places I hadn’t before. The list ranges from schools, commercial restaurants, and factories. One of the highlights so far was the sales conference . Listening to the ambition and direction that the company is heading to reassured me that I was in safe hands. This is what I love most about the company, it’s the continuous growth and limitless opportunity to succeed.

Jordan Thompson

Position: Graduate Hygiene Sales Consultant

Degree: LLB Law

Location: North East of England

The size of the company, Rentokil Initial is a household name, so when I saw that Rentokil Initial were advertising graduate schemes I jumped at the chance. Working for such a big company has so many benefits, there are so many places you can go within the business and so many incentive schemes to keep you motivated and enjoy your work.

No two days are ever the same, there are so many different places, people and situations I get to experience that I always have to be well prepared and be able to think on my feet. I enjoy the team I work with and the support I get from my colleagues and the company as a whole, I was made to feel like a valued member of the team from day one and it really helps me to be able to do my job successfully and with a smile on my face.

My role involves everything from new business prospect all the way through to account management. I am responsible for all sales in the Newcastle area, so if there are no customer enquiries coming through, I must actively look for new business opportunities. My role doesn’t stop with the sale, I am actively involved when work is being carried out, making sure that I have surveyed the job correctly and that I have allocated the correct number of hours each job will take, it is a constant learning curve.

So If you enjoy being directly responsible for your own earning potential and career path, then this is definitely the right company for you. You get all the tools you need to be successful from the company, however a proactive and positive attitude is necessary. I would say just be yourself and show that you have the right attitude, then you can't go wrong really!

Robert Taylor

Position: Graduate Hygiene Sales Consultant

Degree: BSc (Hons) Business Management

Location: Midlands

I was made aware of the job opportunity when it was posted on social media. As with most people outside the company, I associated Rentokil with Pest Control but the vast size of the company, the future opportunites and the variety of services they provided intrigued me further. The more I researched Rentokil-Intial the more I realised I wanted to be a part of it.  

Since joining the team, I've tried to listen and take on board as much advice as possible from every department and then use what works best for me. Whether this be a technician describing the job from their point of view, service offering guidance with reports and bookings to fellow consultants and management being there every step of the way.

The technical information to hand is second to none and you're well supported throughout your training. Your fellow team around you are just that, a team. They've all been in your shoes before and know the intial struggles that can occur when starting out. It's great to have that kind of experience to tap into.

The application process all happened fairly quickly. First was the telephone interview which then led to the first and second stage interviews. I then got the opportunity to go out with a consultant for the day and test the water. Within a few weeks of applying, I was in branch and ready to start the graduate training programme.

You'll hear this a lot from people within Rentokil-Intial but your hard work will get rewarded and there's plenty of scope for progression within the company. That's a great motivation to peform and do well.

I would give this advice, be a sponge and try and absorb as much as you can from as many different people as you can. This has helped me massively in an industry which is totally new to me.

If you're out going and want a rewarding job in which will keep you on your toes and offer something new every day then this is a great role to be in.