Commercial & Digital Graduate Programme

Our new Commercial and Digital graduate programme will build your skills and provide experiences that will allow you to understand the complete commercial value chain across Hastings Direct. The teams you’ll work with have a focus on winning and retaining customers, ensuring existing customers are well looked after, whilst keeping sharp attention on our customers’ needs in the digital space.  

Across your time on the programme, you’ll help make sure our products meet customers’ needs and are priced appropriately. Get involved in managing insurers, developing and managing products, and understanding how the sales, retention, mid-term adjustments and cancellations of our insurance policies can affect the bottom line.

You’ll be exposed to everything that connects us to our customers, from intuitive and compelling digital tools and journeys, to our tone of voice at every customer touchpoint. There will be several exciting projects to get involved in, from developing new products to creating digital capabilities on our website and enhancing our market-leading app.

Where you’ll be based

We’re committed to hybrid working. You can work mostly from home, with as and when required visits to our Leicester, London or Bexhill Offices.

Starting your career with us

We understand that your first graduate role should be more than just a job. Starting your career at Hastings Direct gives you the chance to make your mark in an ambitious, rapidly growing and digitally driven business. A company that genuinely cares about you as an individual, respects your opinions and listens to your ideas. One where you can make a positive difference, because you’re encouraged to look for growth opportunities and achieve your full potential. 

We aim to give you the experience and technical knowledge to progress your career. We’ll provide you with a nurturing and challenging environment to help expand your horizons, develop new skills and make new connections. 

Most of all, you’ll find all the support you need from people at every level, so you can fulfil your ambitions. From managers who are approachable and supportive, to colleagues who are always ready to help each other out. In short, you’ll have all you need to launch a successful career.


Your rotations

This two-year programme is built to enable you to become a future Hastings leader and consists of three 8-month rotations.

The first two rotations will be undertaken in a Commercial and Digital role with the choice of a number of potential further placements.

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Your professional development

From the moment you join us, we’ll make sure you have access to a wide variety of opportunities for both personal and professional growth.  You’ll be enrolled on our early careers development programme, providing you with a suite of bespoke sessions which develop the strengths we know graduates need to be successful at Hastings Direct. You’ll also have the opportunity to network and meet others in graduate programmes across the business.

To support you in your programme, we offer dedicated development and coaching to build your leadership skills, along with regular formal training to support wider awareness of company, industry and regulatory requirements.

And our inclusive, supportive culture means you’ll have a strong support network around you. From leaders to mentors, buddies to our Early Careers team, you’ll always have someone you can talk to about anything. From your future career at Hastings Direct, to where to get a coffee!

Frequently asked questions

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Our recruitment process

After each stage, we’ll let you know if you’ve made it to the next one and what to expect. If you haven’t, we’ll be happy to give you feedback.


Choose the right programme for you, then just answer a couple of basic application questions and attach your CV.

Reviewing your application

We’ll review your application to see if you have what we’re looking for in for your chosen programme.

Online assessment

Your chance to show us how you evaluate, reason and conceptualise, spot patterns, solve problems and use your numerical skills to draw conclusions.

Video interview

An interview covering why you want to join us, with some technical questions.

Meet us

From producing case studies and giving presentations, to group and role-specific tasks, this is your chance to shine.


If you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place on one of our programmes and call you to talk through the details.

Ready to apply?

Are you ready for a graduate programme with a fast growing, digitally-focused insurance company? A business with huge ambitions to be the UK’s best and biggest digital insurer?

An organisation that focuses on profitable growth that’s truly sustainable, by doing the right thing for colleagues, customers, the community and the company – our 4Cs? Somewhere that celebrates openness and diversity by encouraging you to be yourself – and was ranked 4th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2023/24?

Are you ready for a future with Hastings Direct?

Recruitment for our 2024 programmes is now closed – applications will open again in early 2025.