Supply Chain & Operations Graduate Programme



Are you looking to build a supply chain career in the Grocery division of a diversified, multibillion organisation? Associated British Foods is an international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.9bn, 133,000 employees and operations in 53 countries across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. Our purpose is to provide safe, nutritious, affordable food and clothing that is great value for money. We are grouped into five business segments: Sugar; Agriculture; Retail; Grocery; and Ingredients.

Our Grocery division is a major manufacturer of branded products, many of them household names such as Twinings, Patak’s, Silver Spoon, Dorset Cereals and Kingsmill. Supply Chain is integral to the success of our market-leading brands, as it enables us to improve service, increase efficiency and manage costs.

Join us in a Supply Chain graduate position and you’ll spend your first 18 months at the heart of our supply chain, gaining insight into the end-to-end food manufacturing process, from sourcing of ingredients through to production and distribution.

You’ll be based in our AB World Foods business which is an international branded business with around 850 employees working across eight geographical hubs. Our mission is to inspire people to explore the incredible flavours of the world. Our portfolio of brands includes Pataks, Blue Dragon, Levi Roots, Al’Fez and TABASCO®

What you will be doing:

Over the course of your first 18 months , you will progress through a variety of placements including manufacturing, continuous improvement or supply planning, to name a few. These experiences will enable you to learn from the ground up, creating a solid foundation for your longer-term career with us. The responsibilities you’ll take on will be wide-ranging. For past graduates, these have included:

  • Contributing to operational and strategic development projects
  • Optimising operational performance on production lines using continuous improvement methodology
  • Assessing, investigating and recommending activities designed to improve process efficiency and product quality, and reduce supply chain risks
  • Ensuring that all products are manufactured to the specified quality in a safe and hygienic manner
  • Maintaining high safety standards in support of our ‘zero harm’ strategy – proactively identifying hazards and opportunities
  • Working on Supply Chain investment projects focusing on everything from new factory technology to safety and environment improvements

How you will grow:

While we encourage you to drive your own career development, we also make sure you are fully supported along the way. From day one, you will be doing a real role with real responsibilities in a dynamic and fast moving environment which is stimulating for learning. You will also benefit from a thorough onboarding programme, continuous development, ongoing networking opportunities and business support to progress – plus there will be plenty of people to guide and advise you on your unique path.

What you will need:

We’re looking for recent graduates who are driven, curious and highly adaptable. Your degree could be in any discipline, but we are particularly seeking STEM subjects such as sciences and engineering. What’s essential is that you show us your passion to make a difference to the well-loved food brands you will be working with every day. You will need to stand out from the crowd in the following competencies:

What we are looking for:

Drive & ambition - Demonstrates a wide range of leadership qualities; Engages a team in completing tasks, setting high standards for themselves and others; Is passionate, resilient, and learns from their mistakes

Analysis & judgement – Inquisitive and challenges the status quo and can see both the big picture and drill down on detail; Able to make quick, sound decisions based on strong analysis of numbers and data

Humility & authenticity - Clear and effective two-way communication; Demonstrates empathy, values difference and self awareness; Considerate of their own impact and adjusts their style; Can build credible relationships in a down-to-earth way

Learning & growth - Actively questions and is open to feedback; Can recognise gaps in their own performance and owns their development plan; Effectively adapts their approach according to new learnings and feedback; Proactively expands their knowledge and experience.

Application process – What to expect:

As part of the recruitment process, you will experience a virtual assessment at 1st stage, should you be successful at this stage you will then be invited to meet with the team in our site in Leigh, Lancashire to understand the environment in which we operate and learn more about what the role will entail. We are looking for candidates that can demonstrate the above competencies throughout the recruitment process and on the job.

We are expecting that successful applicants should be ready to start their role with us in late November/early December 2021

Ready to start building a career at the forefront of the food industry? Apply using this link Home - ABF Grocery Graduates ( role rotations may be in different parts of the country, so willingness to relocate will be considered.

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Associated British Food

Associated British Foods is an international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.9bn, 133,000 employees and operations in 53 countries across the world.

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