Early Careers

We don’t just love food here – we also love fresh thinking. This is why we take future talent so seriously. As a graduate or apprentice here, you’ll be encouraged to let your energy, creativity and ambition run wild. Moving at pace, you’ll be supported to grow, learn and explore new directions. How high could you go? Right to the top, to be honest. All across our business there are senior leaders and board members, including our CFO Will Cadbury, who started with us as graduates. You could be the next.

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Our Programmes – Graduate Programmes

Get ready to never stand still. Whichever one of our graduate programmes you join, you’ll plunge right into the business – tackling real work from the very start, and learning both on and off the job. We’ll want to hear your ideas, and we’ll look to you to make an impact. Talking of never standing still, you could find yourself being placed anywhere in the UK or Ireland, or even further afield. It’s all part of the excitement of life here. And in return, we’ll give you support, training and almost endless opportunity.

Some of our programmes include rotations. Some don’t. But they all offer tons of exposure, involvement and experience. So explore the possibilities.

Commercial

In a few words:

This programme will see you getting involved in projects and decisions that take our market-leading brands out to millions more customers. You’ll work across our treasured brands – reinvigorating them, finding new ways to connect with our customers, and identifying fresh opportunities in new markets.

Get ready to:

Tackle a mix of long and short-term projects in everything from brand communications and packaging design to digital marketing and product development. And prepare to get your head around a lot of data, because everything we do needs to be based on customer insight.

Choose it because:

You’ll get to experience so many different aspects of our company and the markets we’re in. You’ll be able to unleash your creative side from time and time. And you’ll see the whole process from start to finish – from initial customer insights to eventual products on the shelf. What’s more, you’ll be free to explore different areas such as Category, Sales and Marketing, either in the UK or Ireland.

It’s perfect for you if:

You can think on your feet and manage your time in a fast-paced environment. Things can change in a flash around here, and you’ll have to be able to react just a quickly without losing sight of the details.

Finance

In a few words:

Finance supports everything we do as a business, so you’ll be right where the action is. You’ll work with all kinds of different functions – giving them the numbers, insights, information and control they need to achieve their goals.

Get ready to:

Take on a series of rotations that could take you into commercial (focusing on customers), operational (focusing on a specific site or business area) or central (looking at Kerry Foods as a whole). Wherever you go, you’ll tackle vital things like costing products, forecasting, sales analysis and budgets.

Choose it because:

The sheer variety of our business and the programme means that there’ll always be a new challenge to take on and learn from. Also, you’ll be involved in serious work right from the start – stuff that helps drive the business forward.

It’s perfect for you if:

You’re an analytical thinker with get up and go and a real hunger to learn. The diversity of what we do means that you’ll have to be adaptable and comfortable with change. You’ll need to be a people person too, because teamwork is a big thing here. If you’re interested in continuing your learning, we can support you through your accountancy qualifications. And don’t worry if you’re not a graduate – we have opportunities for you too.

Procurement

In a few words:

Our Procurement programme will plunge you right into our business. You’ll get stuck right into helping us strategically source and secure all the materials that our factories and offices need. And in no time at all, you’ll be contributing to projects and decisions that really matter.

Get ready to:

Get analytical. From competitive tenders to entire markets, you’ll look deeper to help us make vital decisions. You’ll learn about our systems and how pretty much everything in our business works. The more you learn, the more responsibility you’ll be given. And you’ll find yourself working closely with site supply chains and category managers on things like cost savings and product development.

Choose it because:

You’ll get to see, and work with, almost every other part of our business. Our procurement team gets an end-to-end view of the business, so the experience you get will be broad and varied.

It’s perfect for you if:

You love solving problems. You’ll also enjoy it if you have a sharp and analytical mind, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where things change all the time. One other thing – you’ll need to be able to prioritise work, because our business doesn’t stand still.

Human Resources

In a few words:

Few businesses take HR as seriously as Kerry Foods does, so you’ll get to see HR as it should be – a true, active and important partner to the business. And you’ll help us ensure that everyone here can learn, develop in their careers, and be the best that they can be.

Get ready to:

Take on rotations that broaden your knowledge of our business as well as HR. Recruitment, engagement, events, training and development – we do the lot, so you will too. We’ll also get you out and about in the business, to meet with managers and work out how we can help them.

Choose it because:

You’ll experience what HR is like from the shop floor up to the very top. You’ll learn quickly, and get involved in a broad range of work. And you’ll join a lively and committed HR community who meet regularly to share ideas.

It’s perfect for you if:

You like working hands on, and enjoy not just coming up with solutions to problems, but also putting them into action. Communication skills are vital, because you’ll be out there talking to all different kinds of people. Curiosity counts too, because there’s lots to explore here.

Business Technology

In a few words:

Our Business Technology programme will immerse you in our business. You’ll join a talented team in the search for new ideas that will reduce costs and increase efficiency. And you’ll develop your skills and experience through involvement in innovative projects that really matter.

Get ready to:

Undertake commercial and manufacturing rotations that will broaden your knowledge of our whole business – not just the ICT side of things. You’ll help design and implement systems that will have a real impact, and the exact nature of your projects will depend on which part of the business you’re working to support at the time.

Choose it because:

You’ll get to learn a huge amount about our business as well as technology, which will help you do work that makes a big difference. Also, our flat structure means that you’ll get plenty of exposure to the senior leadership team. And they’ll always want to hear your ideas.

It’s perfect for you if:

You’re flexible, adaptable, and keen to learn. It’s also important that you like working with people as well as computers, because you’ll regularly be solving problems as part of cross-functional teams.

Operations

In a few words:

Join this programme and, whichever manufacturing site you’re assigned to (and you’ll probably see a few) you’ll become a vital part of the production process. You’ll stay focused on the production line’s people and processes – learning how to keep standards and efficiency levels high.

Get ready to:

Take on a lot of responsibility for your work, your site and others. You’ll find yourself being supported to deal with issues right from the start, so you’ll be improving the production processes around you at the same time as you’re learning about them. You’ll also work with a wide range of people on an equally wide range of functional and process projects.

Choose it because:

You’ll get enjoy real pace and variety on the programme. Our sites can never stand still and requirements change all the time, so you’ll get the buzz of tackling problems at speed. You’ll also get plenty of exposure to our products and your site’s leadership team.

It’s perfect for you if:

You enjoy thinking on your feet and solving problems. A determined and methodical approach is important too, as is the flexibility to turn your hand to any challenge that comes your way. It’ll also help if you like working with people, as you’ll be manging them very early on in your career – with our support, of course.

Technical

In a few words:

This programme will see you learning how to help us keep our food safety and quality at the high levels we’re known for. You’ll be out there on the shop floor, solving problems and finding new ways to drive efficiencies and raise standards even higher.

Get ready to:

Develop in four main areas, all linked to our manufacturing standards. These are foundation skills, the core principles of manufacturing, applying these principles, and problem solving and decision making. You’ll learn these in a range of roles. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet suppliers and customers too.

Choose it because:

The range of experience you’ll get will be second to none – and it’ll come quickly. You’ll support every part of the manufacturing site you’re working in, and you’ll meet customers and suppliers too. And we’ll give you plenty of early responsibility, so you’ll be able to take real ownership of your work and career direction.

It’s perfect for you if:

You’re a natural problem-solver who can adapt to new challenges in an ever-changing environment. You’ll need to be a great communicator too, because you’ll need to build relationships with people from teams all across each site you work at.

Apprenticeships

Get ready to get growing. We put our apprentices right where the action is – giving you work that matters straightaway. It’s the best way to learn, and the best way to let you show us what you can do. You’ll be supported with on the job learning and mentoring. Your ideas and opinions will be listened to. And you’ll learn loads from everyone around you.

At the moment, we run apprenticeships in Engineering, Technical areas and with Chefs. But we are looking to move into other areas, so watch this space. And please note that our apprenticeships could see you posted anywhere in the UK, Ireland or beyond, so it pays to be flexible.

Engineering apprenticeship
If you’re interested in applying, please visit www.eef.org.uk
and go to the Apprentices section. There’ll be vacancies there.

Internships, placements
and work experience

We know the best way to get a feel for what it’s like to work here, is to experience it in person. This is why we provide placements all throughout the year. If you’d like to come and see what we’re all about, we’d love to hear from you. Just contact earlycareers@kerryfoods.co.uk and let us know:

  • Which area of the business you’re interested in
  • What you’re looking for
  • Which location works best for you.

Please attach your CV too. We’ll get back to you, to let you know if there’s a suitable opportunity available.

YOUR DEVELOPMENT

You can grow your career here, your way.

We know how important your future development is. So we’ll let you drive.

We’ll be right behind you of course, with things like online self-paced learning,
coaching and other learning events. But in terms of how far, and how fast, you go
– well, that’s pretty much up to you. We keep things light on structure, so you’ll
be free to try new things, explore new directions, and build a journey that really
inspires you. Make the most of it, and our world will be your oyster.

 

We work on a 70/20/10 learning principle. This means that your learning will
be split up like this, and it will be aligned to the values that shape our altogether
individual and unique culture.

  • 70%
    On the job

    This is learning by doing. You’ll get a real job
    from day one, so you can start delivering.

  • 20%
    From others

    Your manager, your team, and absolutely everyone here will be happy to share their knowledge with you.

  • 10%
    Formal training

    We put some structured learning
    into the mix, too.

Across all our programmes, we offer:

  • Regular feedback and coaching conversations
  • Ongoing mentoring
  • Regular coaching

Our graduate programmes also include:

  • A structured development programme
  • Leadership development through residential graduate modules throughout the programme
  • A graduate project, sponsored by our senior leadership team.  This will be a great opportunity to practise the leadership skills you’ve gained on the programme  – working on a real business challenge and showcasing what you

Meet Us

We’ll be out and about during the coming recruitment season. Keep an eye on this page,
to see where we’ll be and when. We look forward to meeting you at one of our careers fairs.

Here’s what we’ve got planned so far:

  • 27th September 2017

    UCD Science, Engineering & Technology Fair

  • 18th October 2017

    Queens University Belfast- Engineering, Science & Technology

  • 4th October 2017

    Grad Ireland Fair

  • 19th October 2017

    Reading University - Careers & Placement Fair

  • 6th October 2017

    UCD Smurfit School- General Business Recruitment Fair

  • 23rd October 2017

    Loughborough University - Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair

  • 6th October 2017

    University of Limerick - Careers Fair

  • 30th October 2017

    Nottingham University - Science and Technology Fair

  • 9th October 2017

    Leeds University - Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair

  • 7th November 2017

    Cranfield University - Cranfield Careers Fair

  • 11th October 2017

    Surrey University - Careers & Placements Fair

  • 21st November 2017

    Harper Adams - Careers and Placement Fair

  • 11th October 2017

    University College Cork - Graduate Recruitment fair

Graduate Stories

Our graduates are the perfect people to tell you about life here. Some are quite recent additions to our family. Others have been here for years. And they’ve all got a great story to tell. Oh, and don’t forget that plenty of our leaders were graduates here once too.

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Elizabeth

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Eimear

Commercial - Class of 2016

What made you choose your career direction?

Well, I’ve always had a huge interest in food, cooking and creating dishes using healthier alternatives. so studying a Food Science degree was a no-brainer. I then did a Masters in Food Business Strategy, to give myself a 360-degree view from food production right through to getting food to the consumer. This led me to Kerry Foods.

How have you found the programme?

A huge learning curve, but an amazing learning experience. I’ve gained loads of knowledge in a short space of time. I’ve visited sites, attended internal and client meetings, gone on innovation days. I’ve gained all sorts of personal and professional skills too. And I’ve been trusted to step up and take on lots of responsibility for some key accounts. All of this, and I haven’t even been here a year yet!

What’s been your highlight so far?

My proudest moment so far was winning an award at our Go To Market Conference for being On It. I was so shocked and delighted, as the awards were voted by our colleagues. It was extremely rewarding that although I hadn’t been in the company for a long time, my hard work was recognised and appreciated.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt here?

The importance of relationships. It’s really worth taking the time to get to know your colleagues and customers. People are more willing to do their best for you if you invest some time in them.

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Georgie

HR – Class of 2016

What made you choose your career direction?

I decided to undertake a placement year when at university, but I didn’t really know what area would suit me. I looked at which skills suited which functions, and felt that HR was the way to go. I loved my 13 months in the function so much that I came right back as a graduate.

How have you found the programme?

I’ve loved every minute. I’ve worked in some amazing teams, and been supported to push myself and work as if the sky’s the limit. The development support has been amazing. While I’m in a real role, there’s still plenty of time out to focus on myself and my development. I’m just really excited about my future here, and where the business is going.

What’s been your highlight so far?

Ooh, I’ve got a few. The one closest to me is the Introduction to Kerry Foods sessions we run for our new starters. I was given full ownership for running the session from start to finish. It was inspiring to see our incredible story brought to life by our leaders, and it meant a lot to be trusted to plan the session and bring it to life.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt here?

That when people say no question is a silly question, it’s true. I ask A LOT of questions, and it’s been massively helpful. I’ve also learned that you need to just go with things – feel the fear and do it anyway.

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Shiraz

Operations – Class of 2014

What made you choose your career direction?

I started out in the nuclear industry, and was there for a year. It was interesting, but I didn’t enjoy how slow it was. I wanted to work in an industry that had a bit more pace, where I could work with a wider range of people. So here I am. 

How have you found the programme?

It’s been a quick journey, and there’s been lots of change. The days have been busy, but that’s how I like it. And I’ve been able work with lots of like-minded people, which has been great. I’ve learnt a lot from the senior leaders, which really helped when I moved up from Team Leader to Group Leader in a new department.

 

What’s been your highlight so far?

In my first week as Group Leader, I had a shift where my Team Leader had to leave for the day at short notice. This left me running the department by myself. The other Group Leaders couldn’t have been more supportive, and I was pretty proud of myself for getting through a tough shift without any major issues.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt here?

Don’t ever be afraid of asking for support, and always look to challenge yourself. It’s an approach that is encouraged here, and it really pays off.

 

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Daniel

Operations – Class of 2016

What made you choose your career direction?

I’d always been interested in engineering and factories, so a manufacturer was a logical choice. Kerry Foods appealed because I could see there was a lot to get my teeth into. I decided to move into operations in particular, because I wanted to learn more about people management.

How have you found the programme?

The speed of progress has been amazing. In operations, the journey can be very steep at the start. Within a couple of weeks, you can move from working on the line to team leader and then group leader. The work itself is a mix of troubleshooting all kinds of machinery, and dealing with a whole range of people issues at the same time.

What’s been your highlight so far?

I developed a software application to track production data that replaced the most important file on our site. One thing that impressed me was how open the business was to the new idea. Management’s attitude towards change implementation and improvement is outstanding. You get a huge amount of trust and support from them.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt here?

People management. Every aspect of it. I’ve learnt how to deal with people in different situations, from hiring, training and outlining expectations, all the way to coaching staff and disciplinaries. It’s been fascinating.

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Becky

Commercial – Class of 2015

What made you choose your career direction?
I knew I’d enjoy FMCG as a sector, because I wanted to work in a fast-paced environment. And I chose Kerry Foods because I’m passionate about food. They came and did a presentation at uni, and when I saw that Sales and Marketing combined creativity and numbers, I was sold.

How have you found the programme?
I was thrown in at the deep end, but in the best way. I was giving presentations to colleagues and customers within the first few weeks. I’ve had loads of support all the way through, and my managers have always pushed me to try new things. The rotations have been brilliant too, because they’ve really helped me develop my leadership skills.

What’s been your highlight so far?
Definitely the campaign for our Wall’s Ready Baked range. The brand needed some rejuvenation, and I got involved in the design and relaunch. I took the lead on the sampling campaign, where we got the food out there and in front of consumers. It was a big project, and it made a real impact in terms of a retail uplift. I was really proud of that.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt here?
It pays to be courageous and give things a go. You’re encouraged to step up here. As long as you’ve tried your hardest, no one is going to judge you if you fail.

  • Elizabeth
    Operations Graduate - Class of 2016

  • Eimear
    Commercial - Class of 2016

  • Georgie
    HR – Class of 2016

  • Shiraz
    Operations – Class of 2014

  • Daniel
    Operations – Class of 2016

  • Becky
    Commercial – Class of 2015

FAQS

If you have any questions about our careers or our business, we hope you’ll find the answer here.
If you can’t, get in touch with our lovely Talent and Resourcing Team.

What’s the contact number for any general enquiries?

Please call us on 020 7061 1938, or email us at KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com

Is there a deadline to submit the online application form?

We recruit on a rolling basis, so we welcome applications throughout the year. However, we recommend getting your application in as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.

My cv is not attaching on the recruitment system. What can I do?

It might be too big, so make sure it does not exceed 1024KB. If you’re still encountering problems, please email KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com

I need extra time to complete the psychometric testing and assessment exercises. What do I do?

We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. Just drop us an email at KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com

I encountered problems with my online tests. Can I retake the test?

Please email KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com with the problem you encountered, along with the error code, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

I have submitted my application form, but now need to change my contact details. Can I do this?

Yes you can. Just log back on to the system.

Where will the assessment centres be held?

We hold our centres in Ireland or the UK, and we’re happy to reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

Do you sponsor work permits?

We do, but it depends on the location of the role.

Can I apply to multiple roles?

You can only make one application for the graduate programme, although you’ll be able to list a second preferred business function when you’re filling out the application form.

If I am rejected from the process, can I reapply?

You can, but not until the next application year. For example, if you’re unsuccessful in a role for the 2018 programme, you’re welcome to apply to the 2019 programme from October 2018.

When will I find out the location I’ve been assigned to?

This will be at the offer stage. Flexibility about locations is pretty much essential, as it’s the best way to make the most of all the opportunities here.

Can I receive feedback from the process if my application is rejected?

Due to the high volume of applications, we can only provide feedback to you if you get as far as the assessment centre.

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