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Join our International China Graduate Programme

We are looking for our future business leaders and this three-year programme provides a fast-track route into management within the businesses that Bakkavor operates across China.

Location: United Kingdom and China

What you will be doing

Within the programme our UK and China teams collaborate to support early careers talent in our growing China operations. The programme offers a perfect blend of experience in the UK and exposure to the food market there and connecting this with your knowledge and experience of China to deliver fantastic quality products and great customer service.

The programme structure:

Year 1, United Kingdom – a 12-month UK-based placement – this could be within any of our UK factory locations and may involve several to give you breadth and exposure. Leadership, business and functional training will also occur in this placement.

Year 2 & 3, China – 24 months completing the programme, working in role. Some of the roles may be in Hong Kong, where this is the case it is clearly stated.

Year 4 and beyond, China – the future is yours – our programme is an accelerated one, so we want you to reach management roles within a short period after you have completed the programme, with real responsibility and opportunities to drive change and success.

Ultimately it's about giving you an all-round understanding of product development and our food manufacturing business, as the journey from farm to fork is fast-moving and complex!

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

The most important thing for us is a motivated attitude to develop your career and an ambition to progress to senior leadership roles within Bakkavor. Whilst the programme is 3 years in length, our target is to offer your career opportunities to continue your professional development once the programme is complete.

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

We do have some criteria that we will be looking for – you’ll need these to pass our assessment screening process:

  • You have achieved, or are expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 honours degree or master’s degree in an area that relates to your chosen discipline – one of these should be from within the UK.
  • You have three months' or more of work experience in a professional type environment in any country, 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 China, and have no restrictions to apply for a Tier 5 visa or work in the UK
    You have a clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
    You have flexibility to complete rotational placements, starting in the UK and relocating on a long-term basis in China (move to first placement, and move to second placement which can be in any of our locations)
    You are fluent in Mandarin (we will also consider Cantonese)
    You are a good value fit to our organisation
    You have a level of business and commercial acumen
    You have a driving license due to our remote locations for some placements, however this is not essential
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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