Proforest Graduate Trainee Programme


This is an exciting opportunity to join our consultancy practice and work with global brands  We offer various traineeships across our practice areas and we are recruiting now for our September cohort.

This is an extraordinary time for climate, nature and people. Agricultural commodity production has the potential to be part of the solution to many global issues, but there are also many environmental and social challenges. Proforest is a mission-driven organisation that works throughout supply chains supporting the production and sourcing of multiple commodities like sugar, soy, palm oil, coconut, cocoa, beef and fibre in ways that deliver positive environmental and social outcomes for people and the environment.

If you are motivated by being part of a solution to support this transition to responsible production and sourcing and are passionate about taking on challenges at a global scale, we would like to hear from you.

Programme overview

Our Graduate Trainee Programme develops leaders to ensure our continued success as well as the success of our partners and clients. It gives you a thorough overview over essential topics in the fields of responsible sourcing and production and lays the foundations you need to analyse systemic issues, shape strategy, develop innovative solutions, drive the transition to responsible supply chains and deliver positive outcomes at scale. What makes our Graduate Trainee Programme so special is that you will be taking on substantial responsibilities under supervision of sector experts in an international setting, enabling you to contribute to our mission right from the beginning of your career in Proforest.


In this role you will carry-out assigned project tasks and support the delivery of projects. You will develop an understanding of our project management systems and support the effective project management and control, incl. supporting proposal development, project planning, subcontracting, monitoring of time and budget, invoicing, etc. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of relevant topics and keep up-to-date with developments within the area of responsible production/sourcing of agricultural commodities.


We are looking for people who are self-motivated, have passion for what we do and are excited about helping deliver our mission. To succeed within Proforest you need the confidence and drive to achieve real change in a challenging environment.

You are an excellent communicator, able to build and deepen collaborative relationships with stakeholders, have strong analytical, organisational and project management skills. You will preferably have a relevant Masters’ level qualification, some relevant professional experience in a similar role would be advantageous but not essential. 

We are recruiting now for our September cohort. Please send your CV and cover letter by 18th June for our September cohort, together with confirmation that you have the right to work in either the UK or The Netherlands, to

We are recruiting for our Europe team but are also happy to hear from candidates who are interested in joining one of our teams in Southeast Asia, Africa or Latin America and have the right to work there.

Proforest operates on a hybrid basis both in our Oxford and Leiden offices. We encourage staff to attend the office as often as possible to maximise interactions with colleagues but also appreciate individual circumstances and preferences. We ask that staff attend the office twice a week but are happy to explore flexible working options. We are committed to supporting diversity throughout Proforest globally, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive and welcome applications from all.

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