Bakkavor Group PLC
graduate scheme

Manufacturing Graduate Programme

Job description

We use materials, labour and equipment to create thousands of high-quality fresh products every day. Your challenge… to get them all together in the right place, in the right quantity, to be delivered at the right time. If you are looking for a career that gives you real accountability and an incredible level of variety our Manufacturing Graduate Programme could be just right for you.

The beating heart of our business. Operations covers a broad core part of the organisation, and are responsible for delivering high quality, innovative products to our customers on a massive scale! The programme is two years in length (two x 12-month placements), sat within our manufacturing career path and most likely based within the factory for a majority of the time, across two different locations. You are likely to have supervisory responsibility from the very beginning and need to learn the importance of being a great team manager who engages their colleagues, whilst maintaining and setting high standards for operational excellence, food safety and health and safety.

Your target role for when you come off the programme is a manufacturing section leader or manager, on a development plan towards a senior section manager within manufacturing. Within five-seven years of starting, with strong focus and development, it is likely you will enter a factory/operations manager role.

What we offer

Our programme is designed to broaden your perspective and offer you a variety of learning opportunities. On the graduate programme, you’ll receive:

Reward package

  • Starting salary - £27,000 plus £1,000 one-off signing on bonus, moving to £28,500 in year two (London placements will receive an additional allowance for living costs)
  • Pension scheme
  • Relocation financial assistance (for each graduate placement)
  • Additional holiday purchase scheme (25 days holiday as standard)
  • Access to employee benefits – such as Zenith Car Lease scheme

A broad support and development network

  • A dedicated champion for your functional programme
  • A mentor to support and guide your development
  • You’ll join as a cohort, with up to 20 other graduates plus our China Graduate Programme graduates, not to mention a wide community of graduates who joined in the years before you
  • A Line Manager who will complete regular performance reviews and support you through a skills chart checklist of experience

A suite of training and development opportunities

  • Dedicated graduate leadership training events
  • Programme workshops and exposure to other functions
  • Rotational placements to broaden your experience
  • Management skills training
  • Opportunities to further your development after the programme with apprenticeship qualifications

Career progression

  • This is an accelerated programme into management roles, and due to Bakkavor’s size and breadth, we are able to work with you to identify the right career opportunities for your professional development towards senior leadership roles in the future.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a strong ambition to develop your career within manufacturing and operations, with aspirations to become a operational leader. Having an inquisitive nature and an inbuilt desire to challenge the norms is the key to success. Here at Bakkavor innovation is what we are all about; it’s what keeps us ahead of the competition, so make sure you’re keeping up to date with the current affairs and latest food trends.

  • Three months' experience working in a professional type environment, a role within the food industry or manufacturing, or related to your chosen discipline (for example, a three-month office internship)
  • An existing ‘right to work’ in the UK
  • A clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
  • Flexibility to complete two rotational placements, a minimum of two moves, maximum of three (move to first placement, and move to second placement which can be in any of our locations)
  • Graduates who align to the Bakkavor values and represent a good value fit to our organisation

Qualifications

Achieved, or are expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline

Accepted degree subjects

Any

Additional job details

Location
UK wide
Salary
£27,000

plus £1,000 one-off signing on bonus

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 December 2019

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Closing date:  31 December 2019

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