Young graduates and junior employees are at the centre of a plan to bring fresh thinking to the eBay and stay one step ahead of customers, eBay UK’s General Manager, Murray Lambell has announced. The programme, dubbed Generation eBay, will see fresh thinking which we fully expect to challenge some of the accepted norms both on eBay and in ecommerce in general.
Marking the announcement of eBay UK’s first ever cohort of graduates, Murray Lambell 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, 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, Generation eBay 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.
“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.”
– Wahaaj Shabbir, Shadow Board member, eBay
Wahaaj Shabbir is currently the eBay Category Manager in Luxury for Sneakers, a fast moving and ever increasingly more important market segment with a high following of trend setting eBay buyers. A recent development in this sector is the roll out of the eBay Authentication Guarantee programme in the UK to verify that fake trainers aren’t sold on the platform.
“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.”
– Murray Lambell, General Manager, eBay UK
Applications for the next cohort of graduates opens at the end of 2021.