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Food Technology Graduate Programme
Salary: £27,000 - £28,500
Category: Technical & Quality

What's the job?

We are looking for talented and motivated graduates to join us on a two-year graduate programme. Take the next step and launch your career within in a leading, fast-paced and exciting fresh prepared food business!

The Graduate Programme at Bakkavor acts as an accelerated route into management, with the ultimate purpose to get our enthusiastic and talented graduates into senior level management roles, becoming our future leaders. The world is changing, our consumers and customers are changing, we need your help and insights to help guide and take us towards this future. Bakkavor is committed to develop and support our graduate talent through a network of contacts, and you will take on real responsibility and contribute to the business’s success immediately.

We offer six core functional programmes at Bakkavor which are listed below. Whichever path you take, you will experience the depth and breadth of our business by working with different departments, products and customers. The programme contains a role and location rotation. We see this as a great opportunity to work with different teams, different products, different customers and locations, all contributing to the acceleration of your learning.

All programmes are two years in length, starting from September – and involve two 12-month placements across different locations, so flexibility is a must. The exception is Finance, which is three placements over three and a half years.

The Graduate Programme is not the only route for graduates into the business – particularly for those looking for a more permanent location. Please take a look at our vacancies or enquire for more information, as there are a number of direct-entry opportunities across our UK locations.

All enquiries, please direct to SP.GraduateEnquiries@Bakkavor.com

Food Technology

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.

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.

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 practise. 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.

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We open for applications from the Autumn for the following year’s intake, applications normally close before Christmas. Once we have received enough applications for our graduate programmes, we will be closing them, so be sure to get your application early and try not to leave it until last minute.

About the Company

We’re the leading provider of fresh prepared food (FPF) in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. Our 19,000+ employees operate from 43 locations to develop and produce innovative FPF for a wide variety of occasions and budgets.

Our customers include all the well-known UK grocery retailers as well as some of the world’s best-known international food brands.

Our deep understanding of consumer food choices enables us to create innovative products that set us apart from our competitors.

What do you need?

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 2 years in length (3.5 years for finance), our target is to offer you career opportunities to continue your professional development once the programme is complete.

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

  • Achieved, or are expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline for Finance, HR, Manufacturing and Commercial...
    • For New Product Development, we look for a food or product related or science-based degree
    • For Food Technology, we look for a technical, food related or science-based degree
    • For Finance, there is a preference for finance related degree, however we do consider any discipline providing there is financial work experience
  • Three months' experience 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)
  • An existing 'right to work' in the UK
  • A clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
  • 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).
  • Graduates who align to the Bakkavor Values and represent a good value fit to our organisation
  • A level of business and commercial acumen
  • A preference is for candidates to have a driving license due to our remote locations for some placements, however this is not essential

Join us and you'll get

Competitive reward package:

  • Starting Salary - £27,000 + £1,000 one-off signing on bonus, moving to £28,500 in Year 2 (London placements will recieve an additional allowance for living costs)
  • Pension scheme
  • Relocation Financial Assistance (for each graduate placement)
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Access to employee benefits - such as Zenith Car Lease scheme


A broad support & development network:

  • A dedicated Champion for your functional programme
  • Mentor to support and guide your development 
  • Buddy to help introduce you to the business
  • Graduate Team to coordinate the programme and offer advice 
  • You'll join as a Cohort, with up to 20 other graduates + our China Graduate Programme graduates, not to mention a wide community of graduates who joined in the years before you
  • Line Manager who will complete regular performance reviews and support you through a skills checklist of experience 


A suite of training & development opportunities:

  • Dedicated graduate leadership training events
  • Programme Workshops and exposure to other functions
  • Rotational Placements to broaden your experience
  • Management Skills training
  • HR and Finance will work towards further study qualifications (CIPD & CIMA respectively) 
  • Opportunities to further your development after the programme with Apprenticeship Qualifications


Career progression:

  • This is an accelerated programme into management roles, and due to Bakkavor's size and breadth, we are able to work with you to identify the right career opportunities for your professional development towards senior leadership roles in the future. 
Click here to apply

We open for applications from the Autumn for the following year’s intake, applications normally close before Christmas. Once we have received enough applications for our graduate programmes, we will be closing them, so be sure to get your application early and try not to leave it until last minute.