Product Team Assistant (Placement Year 2024/25)
Product Team Assistant
(Undergraduate Internship/Placement Year – 12 months)
Welcome to Kia UK!
Kia UK is a leading automotive brand offering one of the industry’s largest range of models across multiple vehicle segments, and is the fourth most popular UK car brand in 2023. With more than 190 Kia dealerships across the country, Kia is now widely known for its advanced electrified products offering the technology of tomorrow, today. Spearheading this charge are award-winning products including the fully electric EV6 – Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle – and the pioneering EV9.
Kia UK has consistently grown for over 30 years, supported by bold design, quality products and ever-evolving customer service. By 2027, the brand aims to offer no less than nine fully electric vehicles in the UK, a positive step towards becoming a leading global sustainable mobility solutions provider.
The Product Team Placement Student will support the Product Team with analysis and insightful reporting on Kia’s model and future portfolio, focussing on activities linked to the new model launch process. This includes competitor analysis, measurement of Kia’s individual model performance and ad hoc projects to help the Product Team bring new cars to market.
Working closely with the wider Marketing team the Product Team Placement Student will support the generation and maintain the accuracy of Kia product data and product-related assets that are shared within KUK, the dealer network and utilised in Marketing materials to the public, in line with Kia’s overall strategy.
Review and appraise the latest trends in the automotive industry
Regular reporting and insightful analysis: e.g. sales volumes & mixes, profitability
Manage process of regular reporting to European head office
Research into and completion of market surveys
In-depth checking of Communications materials / assets prior to publication
Assist the Product Specialists in developing product and pricing proposals
Collaborate with key stakeholders to provide innovative solutions to optimize internal and external processes
Identify process gaps and process implementation planning
May progress to own responsibility of a product
The Marketing team is run with a high-performance culture, operating with genuine collaboration, clear communication, setting high standards and leading by example. We invest heavily in our employees, and you will be fully supported throughout your internship with us. You will gain a huge amount of experience, knowledge and technical skill to set you up for a successful career, and we pride ourselves on retaining great talent – in fact, we have hired several previous interns after they have completed the final year of their degree.
The ideal candidate will be:
Studying a relevant degree (e.g. a Business or Marketing related subject)
Able to work effectively within a team and independently.
Passionate and hard-working, open to developing knowledge and skills.
Proactive, taking the initiative to develop fresh approaches and new solutions.
The ideal candidate will have:
A high level of attention to detail.
A positive, can-do attitude.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Good organisation skills.
Full driving licence (requirement for Product Marketing role)
24 days annual leave + Bank Holidays
Hybrid working (2 days a week remote working)
Employee car scheme
Onsite chef (free lunch every day)
Private medical care & annual health check
Private dental care
Income protection, critical illness protection & life assurance
Pension with significant employer contribution
Social events (Spring Ball, Christmas events, social activities) and weekly sports clubs
Opportunity to get involved with our charity partners
The Kia UK Head Office is based in Walton-on-Thames, just a 5 minute walk from the station. We also have plenty of on-site parking for drivers, including EV charging ports.
There is step-free access throughout the building, but please let us know if you require any additional accessibility support and we will cater to your needs as best we can.
Step 1: Apply using the link below
Step 2: Attend a remote video interview
Step 3: Attend an in-person assessment centre at our Head Office
At Kia, we are committed to employing the best-qualified people and provide equal opportunity for the advancement of employees including promotion and training and thereby not discriminating against any person because of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or disability.