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Become a Manufacturing Graduate

The beating heart of our business. Operations covers a broad core part of the organisation, and are responsible for delivering high quality, innovative products to our customers on a massive scale!


Location: Nationwide

What you will be doing

We use materials, labour and equipment to create thousands of high-quality fresh products every day. Your challenge… to get them all together in the right place, in the right quantity, to be delivered at the right time. If you are looking for a career that gives you real accountability and an incredible level of variety our Manufacturing Graduate Programme could be just right for you.

The programme is 2 years in length (2 x 12-month placements), sat within our Manufacturing Career Path and most likely based within the factory for a majority of the time, across 2 different locations. You are likely to have supervisory responsibility from the very beginning and need to learn the importance of being a great team manager who engages their colleagues, whilst maintaining and setting high standards for operational excellence, food safety and health & safety.

Your target role for when you come off the programme is a Manufacturing Section Leader or Manager, on a development plan towards a Senior Section Manager within Manufacturing. Within 5-7 years of starting, with strong focus and development, it is likely you will enter a Factory/Operations Manager role.

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

We are looking for a strong ambition to develop your career within Manufacturing and Operations, with aspirations to become a Operational Leader. 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 any 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 or manufacturing 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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