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USA Graduate Programme

This graduate programme relates to opportunities in our USA business.

We are a world leading fresh prepared food manufacturer who are proud of our business and passionate about the food we make for the biggest names in supermarket retail.

Join us on our mission to disrupt the eating habits of USA consumers.

As we expand and grow in the USA, for the first time we are looking to establish a programme for ambitious, talented individuals who want to kick start their career and make a real impact in the food industry. We are looking for our future business leaders and this two-year programme in our USA operations provides a fast-track route into management.

You’ll be joining a Global Cohort of graduates on programmes in the UK and China, bringing together a broad community at the foundation of their careers and who care about great food and innovation.

If you have any queries about this programme, or the recruitment process, please contact us at graduates@bakkavor.us.

Manufacturing Graduate Programme

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.

Our Manufacturing Programme

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! The programme is 2 years in length (2 x 12-month placements) and most likely based within the factory for a majority of the time, across 2 different departments or 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 Supervisor on a development plan towards Operations Manager within Manufacturing.

What you'll need

We are looking for a strong ambition to develop your career within Manufacturing and Operations, with aspirations to become an 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:

  • Achieved, or are expected to achieve, a degree in any discipline
  • Some work 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 internship)
  • An existing legal ‘right to work and reside’ in the US
  • A clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
  • Graduates who align to the Bakkavor Values and represent a good value fit to our organisation


  • Apply for US Manufacturing Graduate Opportunities

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Food Technology Graduate Programme

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.

Our Food Technology Programme

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 practice. 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.

What you'll need

You’ll need to have excellent organisational skills, and able to promote the highest standards in food safety. 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:

  • Achieved, or are expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 honours degree in a technical, food related or science-based discipline
  • Some work 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 internship)
  • An existing legal ‘right to work and reside’ in the US
  • A clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
  • Graduates who align to the Bakkavor Values and represent a good value fit to our organisation


Apply for US Food Technology Graduate Opportunities

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Product Development Graduate Programme

Great quality, innovation and insights are what make Bakkavor a leading fresh prepared food supplier. The Research & Development team passionately works to identify the best products for customers and works closely with our Operational and Commercial teams to partner with the customers to create excellent quality fresh food at a manufacturing scale.

Our Product Development Programme

Graduates on this programme have the unique opportunity to shape the nation’s table.

You are likely to work as a Development Technologist for the 2-year programme, working with different customers or product categories as a part of a customer-focussed team, turning your passion for food, ingredients and ideas into products for the nation. You could be focussing on idea generation, recipe development, product trials and launches. You will learn about the Manufacturing process, feasibility and the capabilities of the business, to ensure the products are commercially viable and support the longevity of the customer partnership.

You will work side by side with our experienced and talented chefs, who’ll give you the freedom to flourish whilst challenging your ideas. You will get at least two site visits in your first year, plus training in: Sensory Analysis, Leadership and Management, Category Management and Commercial Skills, Consumer and Market Trends

The target role after the programme is a Senior Development Technologist, on a career development plan towards a Product Manager role.

What you’ll need

We are looking for graduates who can come up with exciting and commercially viable ideas, and who are fully up to date with knowledge around food trends and consumer tastes. 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. You’ll also need:

  • Achieved, or are expected to achieve, a degree in a discipline that relates to Food (from food science to agriculture, it’s a broad list)
  • Some work 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 internship)
  • An existing legal ‘right to work and reside’ in the US
  • A clearly articulated motivation to progress your career in the food industry
  • Graduates who align to the Bakkavor Values and represent a good value fit to our organisation


Apply for US Product Development Graduate Opportunities

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What Will The Programme Offer You?

Reward Package
  • Competitive starting salary with the potential for annual performance based merit increases
  • 401K retirement savings plan enrolment
  • Access to great employee benefits such as options for medical, vision, life and dental insurance plans
A Suite of Training & Development Opportunities
  • Dedicated graduate leadership training events
  • Management Skills training
  • Exposure to other functions
  • Opportunities to further your development after the programme
Career Progression & Responsibility
  • 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
A broad Support & Development Network
  • A dedicated programme Sponsor
  • A Buddy to help introduce you to the business
  • You’ll join as a Cohort, with up to 8 other graduates + our UK & China Graduate Programme graduates, not to mention a wide alumnus of graduates who joined in the years before you
  • A Line Manager who will complete regular performance reviews and support you through a skills chart checklist of experience
International Travel
  • At the end of Year 1 you will complete a 2-week business trip to the UK to include knowledge transfer and cross functional and industry networking