Product Development Programme - Graduate Scheme

Salary: £24,500 + benefits
Location: Nationwide
Start date: Various
Sectors: Management, Science & Technology, Food & Drink & Catering

Many have a real passion for food. Few can complement this with the potential, drive and ability to produce it. For those people, discover Bakkavor to offer the perfect graduate training programme, all as part of our career-defining accelerated management scheme.


Discover Bakkavor
You may not have heard of us, but we’re just about the biggest name in the food industry. You’ll find us in the factories and fridges across the land both in the UK and overseas, where we are establishing a fast-developing presence in the United States and China.


In total, we have 19,000 employees worldwide. In the UK, we are number one across all four categories within fresh prepared foods, Meals, Salads, Desserts and Pizza & Bread. Our customers include some of the best known grocery retailers who sell our products to consumers under their respective retailer brands. That’s why we are proud to work with all the leading retail brands; it’s what keeps us busy! Why wouldn’t you want work on a bigger scale and become a part of all their success stories?


Our Product Development Programme
Join us and you’ll influence what the nation will be eating in the months and years ahead. Working both independently and as part of a team, you’ll develop new and innovative products – by mixing, matching and evolving flavours across new food trends. You will work side by side with our experienced and talented chefs, who’ll give you the freedom to flourish while challenging your ideas. You’ll also gain an all-round understanding of manufacturing, as there’s more than meets the eye to be able to get the food from farm to fork!


What you’ll need
We’ll expect you to have a high standard of practical kitchen skills and knowledge of food trends. But you’ll also need the awareness to come up with ideas that are as commercially viable as they are exciting. To do this takes tenacity and a real desire to make progress. You should have recently completed a food related degree achieving a minimum 2:2 and have at least 3 months experience working in a food manufacturing, food and beverage or professional services environment. 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.


What we offer
As well as a salary of £24,500, you’ll receive an additional £1000 payment when you start, and your salary is reviewed after completing your first year with us. We’ll also cover the costs for 2 weeks B&B or rent, plus reasonable removal costs. Our sites are located throughout the UK and your placements could take you from the south of England to Scotland. There may even be the chance to work in one of our international sites so you’ll need to show great flexibility. That’s where Zenith comes in! One monthly cost gets you a brand new car of your choice and insurance, along with all the extras to get you on the road at a cheaper rate. We also believe a good work life balance is a must. That’s why you’re able to buy an additional 5 days on top the 25 days holiday as standard, becoming a Bakkavor employee also gives you exclusive access to our platform that gives hundreds of discounts across the major retailers. We also invite first year graduates to get involved with fund raising for the Princes Countryside Fund as a chance to build relations with our fellow graduates and the local community.


Apply today
Our Accelerated Management Scheme is for graduates 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 the Apply Now button.




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