Graduate & Leadership Development Scheme
Would you like a job creating and delivering cycling products and helping devoted riders?
We are a fast growing young business and regularly looking for motivated people to join us. Innovation and passion in everything we do at The Rider Firm is essential to ensure we provide great products for as many devoted riders as possible.
As a company, we strongly advocate for equal opportunities and greater representation. We would very much encourage women, black & ethnic minority candidates, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBT+, and anyone from any background to please apply for roles here at The Rider Firm.
The Rider Firm was founded by brothers Peter and Tom Marchment, who wanted to create the best place for cyclists to get inner tubes for their bicycles, regardless of what size or type they were after. The venture was called InnerTubeShop and it all started in Peter's garage. This was the the first of The Rider Firm's cycling devoted businesses. Now, after only 8 years, our team has grown to 50+ employees across the UK & USA and we've become the world's leading direct to consumer wheel brand with HUNT.
We are developing industry leading technologies in house, not only for HUNT, but also for our two incredibly innovative bike brands - Cairn Cycles & Privateer Bikes, which are also seeing rapid growth in their first year of existence.
Why are we launching a Graduate Scheme?
There are many other innovations and projects we have in store and we'd love you to be part of them. We strongly believe in the creative thinking of passionate graduates and the great ideas that they can come up with. Our small, but rapidly developing company is the perfect place for personal growth and has proven to be a rapid learning curve for everyone here and we think it will be the same for everyone else who joins.
Diversity in our team and in what we do is really important and we strongly advocate for equal opportunities and greater representation. We would very much encourage women, black & ethnic minority candidates, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBT+, and anyone from any background to please apply.
If you are a devoted rider or just getting into cycling but really want to be more involved, this might be your only opportunity as we are one of the only companies in the cycling industry offering a graduate scheme.
There is a unique opportunity to join our team and work in many areas of the business - simultaneously! We strongly believe that learning multiple aspects of the business helps with being better at your role and makes you appreciate the work that everyone is doing.
Graduates who have joined us
Meet Stan. When he first joined The Rider Firm, he had just taken his last exams at university and was eager to start his career in the cycling industry. He applied for a position we then had as Customer Service & Dispatch and did this for the first few months when we were only 12 people.
After showing interest in getting involved in other areas of the business, Stan became increasingly involved in our operations and e-commerce systems. He started building and analysing shipping reports so we can achieve better rates and directly transfer the savings to our customers. Within the first 6 months, he also took up the project of building Dissent 133's website and also worked on completely redesigning HUNT's website based on analytics and valuable customer feedback.
As the company expanded, so did Stan's responsibilities. He was tasked with delivering three more websites while also coordinating our social media activities. After 3 years in the The Rider Firm, he is now Systems Manager - Operations & E-Commerce and makes sure our processes are efficient and tailored to our customers' needs.
Another graduate who have joined us is Chris. Аs a newly qualified Mechanical Engineer he began his career in the Machine Tool manufacturing industry but, knowing that one of the most rewarding parts of working life is applying your skills in a sector you have a passion for, he speculatively applied to HUNT in search of a Engineering role.
One year on as Development Engineer under Head Engineer Luisa Grappone he couldn’t have imagined receiving such a varied and immersive introduction to real world engineering so early on in his career.
Beginning with a key focus on using Computational Fluid Dynamic analysis he is now implementing these techniques in the development process of aerodynamic rim profiles. But that’s not all, the varied and fast paced nature at HUNT has meant within 12 months he had designed his first MTB product (using FEA techniques), attended two wind tunnel test days and visited the UK’s leading cycling media outlets as well as Eurobike to promote HUNT’s work.
The opportunity to gain skills in everything from hands on engineering, spending countless hours using HUNT’s in house testing equipment in wheel development, to co-writing the engineering white papers as a recent graduate is unlike any other engineering role. He is currently testing his first MTB wheel with great results and is looking forward to samples of a second product already.
The Rider Firm Graduate Scheme - A Unique Entry Into The Cycling Industry
We are a small business and members of our team have to be adaptable but also have great opportunities to take the initiative, gain experience and excel in many different areas.
Being huge cycling enthusiasts, Stan and Chris joined The Rider Firm with limited working experience, both having joined us right after their graduations. We believe that their enthusiasm will push them to develop in their roles and become invaluable assets to our business. We have found that dipping your toes in and working with all different parts of the business is crucial to helping you perform at your best.
After having discovered and performed the daily tasks of pretty much everyone in the business, you will have the chance to follow your own path and further develop into a specific role which fits both yourself and the business as a whole.
Key skill areas of our business which we are often looking to recruit for include:
- Product design
- Operations & purchasing
- Customer service
- Management & leadership
On top of the work, our family of riders goes on all kinds of rides on a weekly basis, whether it's Summer or Winter!
Turnbar Tuesdays are our regular mountain bike rides that often visit little mountain bike heavens like Surrey Hills, Whiteways, Redlands, Friston Forrest or Stanmer Park.
On the less gnarly side, we also have the Flarebar Thursdays which are the gravel alternative with beautiful routes starting right on our doorstep. For example, the Downs Link linking to the beautiful South Downs.
You'll also have the chance to go to cycling shows and various events where you can see the latest and greatest from the cycling industry and possibly get your hands on tech that nobody else can (at least not for long while).
We'd love to hear from you if you:
- Are ready to work together across our whole Rider Firm team – helping each other out is essential!
- Are someone who will work within the Rider Firm Values.
- Have a minimum 2:1 degree (If you don't have a degree - GCSE/A Level plus experience and a proven desire to develop leadership skills)
We like to find better ways to work together.
We know that a motivated, satisfied and bike focused team is the key to creating the best products for devoted riders. TheRiderFirm team member benefits can include:
- A welcoming, open, innovative and ideas driven environment.
- Our cycle product design and marketing is fuelled by ideas and feedback from every team member.
- Flexible and tailored working hours, including support for riding, racing and family requirements.
- Working from home or, when reasonable, even from another continent (Josh worked from New Zealand for the winter).
- Group rides.
- Encouragement to commute by bike.
- Our location = Great work/riding/life balance with countryside, lanes, the South Downs, Brighton & Horsham Towns all close by.
- Heavily discounted bikes, parts, clothing and accessories (You'll not be short of free HUNT bike clothing and wheels).
- Generous annual bonus (23% of salary in 2019) to reward the whole team as we achieve our goals.
How to Apply
Deadline: 30th October 2020
Please email your CV (maximum 2 pages) to Careers@TheRiderFirm.CC
The positions will be filled as soon as we find the right applicants so please apply ASAP.
To help us find the best match between you and any potential roles here at HUNT | The Rider Firm it is important to please include in the email/CV:
- Graduate & Leadership Development Role in your email subject line
- Your expected salary range
- The hours you would like to work
- If applicable, current salary
- Your address and phone number.
- Grades for any qualifications such as GCSE/O-level/A-Level/Degree.
- Relevant professional experience.
- And of course we are bike geeks so want to hear about your love of riding and all things bike! Please tell us about your riding; how long have you been riding, what type of riding do you do, which bikes you own, what events you have done/are planning to do, how you feel about riding.
Serving riders is how we will succeed (if not we will cease to exist). Being a supportive family of riders is essential for us to achieve this.
We show true decency to each other. We work towards the best future for riders and people inside and outside of The Rider Firm.
We are riders with incredible ambition and talents. The potential of an idea and how well it serves riders is what matters – a well sustained company with a long-term view will be the outcome.
We are restlessly innovative. We only make a product if it’s better than our competitors. We are able to act fast. We learn on small test-runs while understanding the big potential and build for a sustainable business. We know that waiting for perfection can stop us getting better.
We are spending the riders' hard-earned money.
We Are Grateful
To riders, each other, industry partners & the wider community. Pay it forward.