Bakkavor Group plc

Engineering Graduate 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 Engineering Graduate Programme

On our new 3 year Engineering Graduate programme you will develop the skills and knowledge to become an Engineering Maintenance Manager/Engineering Project Manager/Site Services Manager.

Roles & Locations

Engineering Maintenance Manager – Holbeach (yr 1) – Bourne (yr 2) – Engineering Excellence (yr 3)

Site Services Manager – Bourne (yr 1) – Engineering Excellence (yr 2) – Holbeach (yr 3)

Engineering Project Manager – Engineering Excellence (yr 1) – Holbeach (yr 2) – Bourne (yr 3)

Within 5-7 years of starting, with strong focus, hard work and development, you should be aspiring to be in an Engineering Manager.

What you’ll need

We are looking for applicants with a strong ambition to develop a career within Food Manufacturing, with aspirations to become an Engineering Manager. You should have an inquisitive nature and an inbuilt desire to challenge the norms, as well as flexibility and adaptability. 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:

oAchieved, or are expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 in an Engineering-based Degree

oThree months' work experience

oAn existing ‘right to work’ in the UK, (minimum 3 years from September 2023)

oA clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry.

oFlexibility to complete three 12 month placements at three different locations across the UK, (we will try to accommodate your preferences).

oGraduates 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

oYear 1: £28,000; Year 2: £31,000 - £34,000; Year 3: £37,000 - £40,000

(London placements will receive an additional allowance for living costs)

oPension Scheme

oFinancial assistance with relocation costs for each placement

oAdditional Holiday purchase scheme (25 days holiday as standard)

oAccess to employee benefits – such as MyDrive Car Lease scheme

•A broad Support & Development Network

oA dedicated Champion for your functional programme

oA Mentor to support and guide your development.

oYou’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.

oA 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

oDedicated graduate leadership training events.

oProgramme Workshops and exposure to other functions

oRotational Placements to broaden your experience.

oManagement Skills training

oOpportunities to further your development after the programme with Apprenticeship Qualifications

•Career Progression

oThis programme acts as a route into senior leadership roles. Due to Bakkavor’s size and breadth, we can work with you to identify the right career opportunities for your professional development.

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 find out more and apply, click here!

During the application process you can expect to answer some questions around some scenarios relevant to Bakkavor, followed by some online psychometric tests and a non-live video reflection. If successful, we will invite you to an assessment centre in January or February 2024. 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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