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Join our Food Technology Industrial Placement

  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

Location: Lincolnshire

What you will be doing

We are looking for motivated undergraduates who have a keen ambition to gain experience within Food Technology, sitting within our Technical department at Bakkavor. This is a 12-month placement aimed at those that elect to complete a year-in-industry as part of their degree. There are opportunities to return to Bakkavor once you have completed your undergraduate degree.

If you share our passion for great food, you can expect to receive opportunities, development and support to enable you to learn and grow throughout your placement. Expect to gain skills in a range of areas such as food safety, microbiology, internal auditing and factory hygiene. This entry-level placement will be perfect someone who is in the process of studying a food related or food science degree with the aim of entering this field upon obtaining their qualification.

You will be based at our site in Spalding, Lincolnshire and will be provided with a broad range of activities and projects. The structure of the placement is:

• A 6-month placement with our Central Technical office-based team, working with our technical systems from a Group level that determine how we manager our corporate governance, as well as specific projects.

• A 6-month placement with our Technical factory-based team, working alongside our manufacturing operations to ensure high quality and food safety, as part of the Quality Assurance team. Activities include a variety of technical tasks, such as GMP audits, taste panels, micro-sampling. In really busy periods (i.e. Christmas), there is even the opportunity to get a real understanding of food manufacturing and work with manufacturing on production.

Our Placement programme is designed to broaden your perspective and offer you a variety of learning opportunities as an entry into the food industry. On the Placement, you’ll receive:

• An experienced line manager who will complete regular performance reviews and support you through a skills chart checklist of experience

• Providing everything goes to plan, due to Bakkavor’s size and breadth, we are able to work with you to identify the right career opportunities for your professional development once you complete your degree. This could be a direct entry role, or as part of the Graduate or Apprentice programmes.

• You’ll take responsibility for your work area and personal development from day one.

What you will have

All placements are subject to successful right to work checks, and eligibility to work in the UK.

The most important thing for us is a motivated attitude to develop your skills and an ambition to progress to within the food industry. We do have some criteria that we will be looking for – you’ll need these to pass our assessment screening process:

  • You are currently studying towards a Technical, Food or Science based degree
  • You are experience of working as part of a team
  • You are an existing ‘right to work’ in the UK, we are unable to sponsor visas as part of the Placement
  • You are clearly motivated to learn more about the food industry
  • You are a desire to learn how food manufacturing works and to get into detail of: what makes food safe and how factories consistently produce great quality food time after time
    You are the ability to apply practical ideas and demonstrate your adaptability
    You have a curiosity to explore, learn and show initiative
    You have the ability to demonstrate good attention to detail
    You have a full UK driver’s licence, as our locations and suppliers are not always readily accessible by public transport (desirable)
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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