Management Trainee
graduate scheme

Management Trainee

Management Development Services (MDS)
East Midlands · East of Englandand 10 others

Job description

The Accredited two-year management programme revolves around four secondments of about six months each, combined with off-the-job learning from external tutors, many of whom are industry experts.

The secondments based with different member companies encompass a wide range of possible roles for example; technical, quality, operations, commercial, new product development, logistics, retail, projects etc. In this way, every Management Trainee gains as wide an experience as possible.

Company information

MDS Ltd is an independent non-profit making organisation whose aim is to recruit and train the very best people to secure the future of the food, produce and horticulture industry. MDS is an accredited two year fast track career path comprising of practical real job secondments combined with formal off-the-job training.

On successful completion of the programme the Management Trainees graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Food and Fresh Produce validated by Harper Adams University.

MDS Ltd represents a consortium of over 20 member companies comprising growers, suppliers and supermarkets including household names. Member companies contribute towards the salary and training costs of Management Trainees as well as providing work placements, known as 'secondments'.

Today, MDS Ltd encompasses the whole supply chain of vegetables, salads, fruit, flowers, plants, arable and prepared food products not only based in the UK but also for operations in many countries around the world.

Person requirements

The programme is open to graduates of all degree disciplines, and MDS Ltd is particularly interested in land-based, food related, life sciences, business management, marketing and languages graduates.

Candidates must show a practical, hands-on approach to management and an ability to work with, and through, others, as well as being open to change, keen to accept demanding roles and be responsible for their own learning.

Qualifications and experience requirements

Minimum of 2.1 Hons Degree (all disciplines considered)
Particularly interested in land-based, food related, life sciences, business management, marketing and languages degrees.

Accepted degree subjects





East Midlands · East of England · Europe · London · North East England · North West England · Northern Ireland · Scotland · South East England · South West England · West Midlands · Yorkshire and the Humber

Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

Start date


How to apply

Number of vacancies: 20

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 31/08/2017

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