Bakkavor Group plc

Bo’ness HR Programme - Bakkavor

Bakkavor Group plc

Discover Bakkavor

We're probably the biggest name you've never heard of. You've almost certainly eaten our food - you just didn't realise it! As global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry with over 16,000 employees, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and bread for customers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK. We're ambitious, full of ideas, and we're keen to find more people who share our passion for quality food to join us. We’re looking for the next generation of talented individuals to join Bakkavor and drive our success.

As well as being the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, we also have a growing international presence in the US and China. Our headquarters are in London, and we have 19 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.

If you share our passion for great food and our strong values, then this company is for you!

We have a diverse range of career opportunities and programmes available for you to kick start your career and make a real impact in the food industry.

Our Bo’ness Human Resources Programme

•Our bespoke Scottish HR Programme is 2 years in length and will give you experience within our Bo’ness factory location and within the central HR functions to provide you with the breadth of knowledge, behaviours, and skills necessary to enter future senior HR roles. Carefully planned training and experience will give you a greater understanding of how HR works at Bakkavor.

•You will be exposed to all HR aspects of the business, including People Services, Systems, Resourcing, Employee Relations, L&D, Performance and Talent Management, HR Analytics, Employment Law and Reward Management.

•Your target role when you reach the end of your Programme will be an HR Business Partner position at our Bo’ness site.

What you’ll need

We are looking for graduates who can combine excellent interpersonal and influencing skills with a business-focused approach. The pace is fast, so you’ll need excellent organisational skills too. 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. You’ll also need:

•Achieved at least a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline

•Three months' work experience in an HR related position

•An existing ‘right to work’ in the UK

•A clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in HR in the food industry

•Flexibility to complete two rotational placements – Year 1 in Bo’ness.

•Graduates who align to the Bakkavor Values and represent a good value fit to our organisation

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 + £1,000 one-off signing on bonus, moving to £28,500 in Year 2

•Pension Scheme

•Relocation Financial Assistance (for each graduate placement)

•Additional Holiday purchase scheme (25 days holiday as standard)

•Access to employee benefits – such as MyDrive Car Lease scheme

•A broad Support & 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, 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 to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in your programme.

•A Suite of Training & Development Opportunities

•Dedicated graduate leadership training events.

•Programme Workshops and exposure to other functions

•Rotational Placements to broaden your experience

•Management Skills training

Apply today!

Our graduate programme is for people who can think bigger and grow faster. We created it to develop the future-leaders and shapers of our business. To learn more and apply online, click here!

After applying, you can expect to complete some initial questions around some relevant scenarios at Bakkavor, followed by an online psychometric test and a non-live video reflection. If successful, we will invite you to an assessment centre in January or February 2024 and these interviews are for a September 2024 start on the programme.

If you have any queries about this programme, or the recruitment process, please contact us at

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