eBay reveals new graduate scheme and “Shadow Board” to help stay ahead of customer trends

Press Release

  • eBay UK has revealed its first ever cohort of graduates will start this summer after whittling down a list of almost 700 applications
  •  eBay UK will also convene a “Shadow Board” of junior rising star colleagues to provide innovative new ideas to eBay UK’s leadership team
  • Changing customer trends and new challenges require a fresh perspective which is why eBay is investing in talent, says eBay UK’s General Manager

Young graduates and junior employees are at the centre of a plan to bring fresh thinking to the company and stay one step ahead of customers, eBay UK’s General Manager said today.

Marking the announcement of eBay UK’s first ever cohort of graduates, Murray Lambell, eBay UK’s General Manager said the online marketplace’s new and rising talent will be vital to understanding changing market trends.

eBay UK is set to bring in its first ever graduate programme, ‘Generation eBay’, this summer. On 19th July, having received almost 700 applications, six graduates will accelerate their careers with a 22-month contract working across central eBay teams, including Trading, Marketing and Sales.

Alongside their formal training, graduates will receive a wealth of on-the-job learning and development opportunities too, as they embed themselves in live projects with eBay experts.

To help bring even more innovative ideas into the company, eBay UK has also established a “Shadow Board”, staffed by seven colleagues from across a variety of departments. Their role will be to provide insight and advice to the UK leadership team on issues like customer trends, sustainability, and in-work culture.

Wahaaj Shabbir, Shadow Board member said: “I’m excited to be a part of the Shadow Board at eBay, along with my colleagues, helping to bring new perspectives and ideas to the executive team. I’m proud to work for a business that puts colleagues at the heart of its decision making, and with this new initiative I feel I can really make a difference to the way eBay UK operates.”

Murray Lambell, General Manager, eBay UK, commented: “At eBay we’re always looking to bring in fresh perspectives and challenge the status quo – that’s how we stay one step ahead of our customers and support our sellers. Not only will our new graduate scheme jumpstart the careers of some brilliant young people, their insight and skills will be an excellent contribution to eBay.

“We’ve also put together a Shadow Board, a seven-strong committee of colleagues, tasked with providing new ideas and insight to our leadership team. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Applications for the next cohort of graduates opens at the end of 2021.

Further Information

  • eBay developed the graduate programme in partnership with Color in Tech. They have helped to diversify eBay’s talent pool and support the recruitment of people who are underrepresented in tech. 
  • This is all part of eBay’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, as it seeks to make its business reflective of its customer base and the society that we live in.