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Become a Food Technology Graduate

Product safety and quality are the backbone of our operations, and essential to the business and our customers. The Technical function supports ownership from all functions and suppliers in doing manufacturing correctly, safely and to the expected high standard.

 

Location: Nationwide

What you will be doing

If you are interested in the scientific and technical aspects of food manufacturing, join our Food Technology Graduate Programme. You will find yourself working with teams across our business to ensure we develop and manufacture safe, high-quality products day in, day out.

This programme works closely with all areas internally and externally and is based both within the factory and the office, depending on the role. Working with our customers is essential, in addition to facilitating the company to have the right systems and process in place, to meet the customer and industry standards or codes of practice. The Food Technology Programme is 2 years in length and is likely to involve working with either with the Quality, Technical Services, Process or Raw Materials teams. Bakkavor have an essential Central Technical team who drive governance and standards across the group, and this area also contains future career opportunities.

Your target role for when you come off the programme depends on the area within Technical you would like to pursue to continue your development towards a Technical Manager equivalent role within 5-7 years of starting. Typically, you can expect to be in roles such as QA Supervisor or Senior Technologist on a development plan towards Quality Manager, Process Manager, Technical Services Manager.

Application process

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.

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 interview. If successful, we will invite you to an assessment centre in January or February. These interviews are for a September 2020 start on the programme.

What you will have

You’ll need to have excellent organisational skills, and able to promote the highest standards in food safety. 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:

  • You have achieved, or are expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 honours degree in a technical, food related or science based discipline
  • You have three months' experience working in a professional type environment, a role within the food industry or manufacturing, or related to your chosen discipline (for example, a 3-month office internship)
    You have an existing ‘right to work’ in the UK
    You have a clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
    You have flexibility to complete two rotational placements, a minimum of two moves, maximum of three (move to first placement, and move to second placement which can be in any of our locations)
    You are a good value fit to our organisation)
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Bakkavor

We are a world leading fresh food manufacturer and we are looking for the next generation of talented individuals to join Bakkavor and drive our success.

  

We are proud of our business and passionate about the food we make for the biggest names in supermarket retail and food service.

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 programme is designed to broaden your perspective and offer you a variety of learning opportunities. On the graduate programme, you’ll receive:

• Starting Salary of £27,000 + £1,000 one-off signing on bonus, moving to £28,500 in Year 2 (London placements will receive an additional allowance for living costs)

• Competitive pension scheme.

•  A Suite of Training & Development Opportunities

• 25 days holiday with the option to purchase additional holidays.

• Relocation assistance for each placement.

• Accelerated career progression into management roles

(These benefits are only for those on our graduate schemes, not for year placements)

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