Join our Graduate Scheme

Food lovers, listen up: progress into management within a world-class business and the home of the Rustlers and Feasters brands. 

How and Why You Should Apply

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Graduate Scheme Kirkham, Preston

  • £19,000 to £22,000 starting salary (depending on experience)
  • Additional £2,000 performance related bonus during the scheme
  • £2,000 moving/relocation fund (if you are eligible)
  • Additional benefits, including a subsidised gym membership and Cycle to Work scheme

What you will be doing

You’ll undertake a challenging, but well supported, 18 month programme, which has been designed to give you exposure to every element of our food manufacturing company: Operations, Sales, Marketing, Procurement, Food Technology and beyond.

  • You will gain a full overview of how our business works and how we make decisions, as you contribute to our continual growth
  • You will be fully supported by the same Graduate Manager throughout the scheme
  • You will have the guidance of a Scheme Mentor
  • You will receive full training and support from the manager in each department that you are working within 
  • You will receive external training, where necessary, in everything from project and people management to presentations
  • You will have a full review every three months to ensure that you are progressing at the pace and in the way that you want
  • You will manage, deliver and present three to six month business-wide, value added projects to our Senior Management team, strengthening your professional relationship with them. 

What you will have

Our ideal graduate will be ambitious and forward-thinking, with a passion for food and a knowledge of the Rustlers brand.

  • You are a 2:1 graduate (or higher) with some work experience under your belt
  • You are able to lead and direct people, as well as projects
  • You are a natural communicator, who can interact with people from all cultures and backgrounds
  • You are able to demonstrate business acumen
  • You are self-confident and adaptable
  • You are highly-flexible and free to work shifts (including mornings, evenings and nights) during some of your placements
  • You are aware of your impact on others and able to adapt your style accordingly
  • You are analytical in your approach to resolving challenges.

Your first year at Rustlers

Meet Will

Demand Planner, Supply Chain team

I've been given great exposure to all areas of the business, which is great - it gives lots of opportunities for career growth.

where You Will Be

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Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Rustlers

Food innovators and pioneers of the micro-snack industry, we produce some of the nation’s favourite convenience foods: Rustlers and Feasters.

Our Culture

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Our Culture - What we do

As a family owned business, we believe in cultivating a relaxed and friendly culture. Each of our 2,000 staff comes from a different background and has their own story to tell. Yet no matter who you are, you will always be welcomed and made to feel part of the team that you're working in. We pride ourselves on being understanding and have our employees best interests at heart.

We follow four key values: Responsibility; Ambition; Passion for Food and Team Work. These are reflected in every thing that we do and it is these values that have ensured our continued success over the last 35 years.

Our business is dynamic and demanding. However in return, we offer the opportunity to work in a growing business, where exceptional performance is rewarded.

All of our grads receive first class training from the moment they step through our doors. In every placement, you will be supported by your managers, mentors and colleagues alike, as well as having the chance to carry out more structured training too. It is our mission to help you to progress and grow, both professionally and personally, so that you have the skills and confidence to influence the direction of the business in the future.

We're also a sociable bunch, who enjoy getting together and having a good time. You will always find groups taking a well deserved break together in our on-site canteen and we enjoy a 'dress down day' every Friday. Plus, different departments regularly arrange social activities too.

We have more formal social activities throughout the year too. Our annual conference is always great fun; a short company update, followed by dinner and a few drinks in the evening. Plus, our Christmas Party is always a merry occasion, giving us the chance to let our hair down and mark the end of the year in style.

Our Graduates - Who we are

Pravleen's Graduate Story

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When I finished university, I was really sad about coming into the working world. But being here, working for Rustlers, has made working life so much fun.

Pravleen's graduate story

  • Graduated from de Montfort University in July 2015, after studying Business and Marketing 

  • Realised that a career in Marketing was not right for her

  • Decided to do a Masters in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at Westminster University, London

  • Joined the business in September 2016 as a Purchasing Executive

  • Enjoys the social elements of working and the chance to meet new people all the time.

I really enjoyed my time at university but graduate life is even better: I have more money, more structure but now I do have less time in bed.

Will's Graduate Story

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Will's graduate story

  • Studied Economics at Lancaster University

  • Was involved in the Football and Golf societies while a student

  • Graduated from university in 2014 and went travelling in Australia

  • Returned to the UK and joined Rustlers in October 2015

  • Started his journey on the Cook Line before moving into Production Planning

  • Currently working in Demand Planning.

Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future

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Simon Walker, Chief Executive Officer

Kepak Group is one of Europe’s leading food innovators, manufacturing and marketing a full range of meat products throughout the continent.

Founded by Dublin-based butcher Noel Keating in 1981, the company has grown into a thriving business over the last three decades; we now have over 2,000 members of staff, based in facilities across the UK and Ireland. However, we remain a family owned business to this day.

Our Kepak Convenience Foods Division is a rapidly growing business, operating from our Kirkham (near Preston) site. Producing a range of ‘Quick, Hot & Tasty’ convenience food products, including Rustlers and Feasters, it is now the category leader in many markets.

We want to remain at the top of our game. Our Marketing has already been recognised with many industry awards over the years, yet we continue to invest heavily in consumer research to develop the next generation of products.

Following our success at home, we have ambitious plans to expand into other parts of Europe – notably Holland, Germany and Belgium. Graduates are key to these plans; we welcome the new ideas and enthusiasm that they bring to the team.

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