Early Careers

We don’t just love food here – we also love fresh thinking. This is why we take future talent so seriously. As a graduate or apprentice here, you’ll be encouraged to let your energy, creativity and ambition run wild. Moving at pace, you’ll be supported to grow, learn and explore new directions. How high could you go? Right to the top, to be honest. All across our business there are senior leaders and board members, including our CFO Will Cadbury, who started with us as graduates. You could be the next.


Our Programmes – Graduate Programmes

Get ready to never stand still. Whichever one of our graduate programmes you join, you’ll plunge right into the business – tackling real work from the very start, and learning both on and off the job. We’ll want to hear your ideas, and we’ll look to you to make an impact. Talking of never standing still, you could find yourself being placed anywhere in the UK or Ireland, or even further afield. It’s all part of the excitement of life here. And in return, we’ll give you support, training and almost endless opportunity.

Some of our programmes include rotations. Some don’t. But they all offer tons of exposure, involvement and experience. So explore the possibilities.


In a few words:

This programme will see you getting involved in projects and decisions that take our market-leading brands out to millions more customers. You’ll work across our treasured brands – reinvigorating them, finding new ways to connect with our customers, and identifying fresh opportunities in new markets.

Get ready to:

Tackle a mix of long and short-term projects in everything from brand communications and packaging design to digital marketing and product development. And prepare to get your head around a lot of data, because everything we do needs to be based on customer insight.

Choose it because:

You’ll get to experience so many different aspects of our company and the markets we’re in. You’ll be able to unleash your creative side from time and time. And you’ll see the whole process from start to finish – from initial customer insights to eventual products on the shelf. What’s more, you’ll be free to explore different areas such as Category, Sales and Marketing, either in the UK or Ireland.

It’s perfect for you if:

You can think on your feet and manage your time in a fast-paced environment. Things can change in a flash around here, and you’ll have to be able to react just a quickly without losing sight of the details.


In a few words:

Finance supports everything we do as a business, so you’ll be right where the action is. You’ll work with all kinds of different functions – giving them the numbers, insights, information and control they need to achieve their goals.

Get ready to:

Take on a series of rotations that could take you into commercial (focusing on customers), operational (focusing on a specific site or business area) or central (looking at Kerry Foods as a whole). Wherever you go, you’ll tackle vital things like costing products, forecasting, sales analysis and budgets.

Choose it because:

The sheer variety of our business and the programme means that there’ll always be a new challenge to take on and learn from. Also, you’ll be involved in serious work right from the start – stuff that helps drive the business forward.

It’s perfect for you if:

You’re an analytical thinker with get up and go and a real hunger to learn. The diversity of what we do means that you’ll have to be adaptable and comfortable with change. You’ll need to be a people person too, because teamwork is a big thing here. If you’re interested in continuing your learning, we can support you through your accountancy qualifications.


In a few words:

Our Procurement programme will plunge you right into our business. You’ll get stuck right into helping us strategically source and secure all the materials that our factories and offices need. And in no time at all, you’ll be contributing to projects and decisions that really matter.

Get ready to:

Get analytical. From competitive tenders to entire markets, you’ll look deeper to help us make vital decisions. You’ll learn about our systems and how pretty much everything in our business works. The more you learn, the more responsibility you’ll be given. And you’ll find yourself working closely with site supply chains and category managers on things like cost savings and product development.

Choose it because:

You’ll get to see, and work with, almost every other part of our business. Our procurement team gets an end-to-end view of the business, so the experience you get will be broad and varied.

It’s perfect for you if:

You love solving problems. You’ll also enjoy it if you have a sharp and analytical mind, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where things change all the time. One other thing – you’ll need to be able to prioritise work, because our business doesn’t stand still.

Human Resources

In a few words:

Few businesses take HR as seriously as Kerry Foods does, so you’ll get to see HR as it should be – a true, active and important partner to the business. And you’ll help us ensure that everyone here can learn, develop in their careers, and be the best that they can be.

Get ready to:

Take on rotations that broaden your knowledge of our business as well as HR. Recruitment, engagement, events, training and development – we do the lot, so you will too. We’ll also get you out and about in the business, to meet with managers and work out how we can help them.

Choose it because:

You’ll experience what HR is like from the shop floor up to the very top. You’ll learn quickly, and get involved in a broad range of work. And you’ll join a lively and committed HR community who meet regularly to share ideas.

It’s perfect for you if:

You like working hands on, and enjoy not just coming up with solutions to problems, but also putting them into action. Communication skills are vital, because you’ll be out there talking to all different kinds of people. Curiosity counts too, because there’s lots to explore here.

Business Technology

In a few words:

Our Business Technology programme will immerse you in our business. You’ll join a talented team in the search for new ideas that will reduce costs and increase efficiency. And you’ll develop your skills and experience through involvement in innovative projects that really matter.

Get ready to:

Undertake commercial and manufacturing rotations that will broaden your knowledge of our whole business – not just the ICT side of things. You’ll help design and implement systems that will have a real impact, and the exact nature of your projects will depend on which part of the business you’re working to support at the time.

Choose it because:

You’ll get to learn a huge amount about our business as well as technology, which will help you do work that makes a big difference. Also, our flat structure means that you’ll get plenty of exposure to the senior leadership team. And they’ll always want to hear your ideas.

It’s perfect for you if:

You’re flexible, adaptable, and keen to learn. It’s also important that you like working with people as well as computers, because you’ll regularly be solving problems as part of cross-functional teams.


In a few words:

Join this programme and, whichever manufacturing site you’re assigned to (and you’ll probably see a few) you’ll become a vital part of the production process. You’ll stay focused on the production line’s people and processes – learning how to keep standards and efficiency levels high.

Get ready to:

Take on a lot of responsibility for your work, your site and others. You’ll find yourself being supported to deal with issues right from the start, so you’ll be improving the production processes around you at the same time as you’re learning about them. You’ll also work with a wide range of people on an equally wide range of functional and process projects.

Choose it because:

You’ll get enjoy real pace and variety on the programme. Our sites can never stand still and requirements change all the time, so you’ll get the buzz of tackling problems at speed. You’ll also get plenty of exposure to our products and your site’s leadership team.

It’s perfect for you if:

You enjoy thinking on your feet and solving problems. A determined and methodical approach is important too, as is the flexibility to turn your hand to any challenge that comes your way. It’ll also help if you like working with people, as you’ll be manging them very early on in your career – with our support, of course.


In a few words:

This programme will see you learning how to help us keep our food safety and quality at the high levels we’re known for. You’ll be out there on the shop floor, solving problems and finding new ways to drive efficiencies and raise standards even higher.

Get ready to:

Develop in four main areas, all linked to our manufacturing standards. These are foundation skills, the core principles of manufacturing, applying these principles, and problem solving and decision making. You’ll learn these in a range of roles. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet suppliers and customers too.

Choose it because:

The range of experience you’ll get will be second to none – and it’ll come quickly. You’ll support every part of the manufacturing site you’re working in, and you’ll meet customers and suppliers too. And we’ll give you plenty of early responsibility, so you’ll be able to take real ownership of your work and career direction.

It’s perfect for you if:

You’re a natural problem-solver who can adapt to new challenges in an ever-changing environment. You’ll need to be a great communicator too, because you’ll need to build relationships with people from teams all across each site you work at.


Get ready to get growing. We put our apprentices right where the action is – giving you work that matters straightaway. It’s the best way to learn, and the best way to let you show us what you can do. You’ll be supported with on the job learning and mentoring. Your ideas and opinions will be listened to. And you’ll learn loads from everyone around you.

At the moment, we run apprenticeships in Engineering, Technical areas and with Chefs. But we are looking to move into other areas, so watch this space. And please note that our apprenticeships could see you posted anywhere in the UK, Ireland or beyond, so it pays to be flexible.

Engineering apprenticeship
If you’re interested in applying, please visit www.eef.org.uk
and go to the Apprentices section. There’ll be vacancies there.

Internships, placements
and work experience

We know the best way to get a feel for what it’s like to work here, is to experience it in person. This is why we also provide placement opportunities here at Kerry Foods.

To search our latest vacancies, click apply now.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please do consider us for your graduate application when you are in your final year of studies.


You can grow your career here, your way.

We know how important your future development is. So we’ll let you drive.

We’ll be right behind you of course, with things like online self-paced learning,
coaching and other learning events. But in terms of how far, and how fast, you go
– well, that’s pretty much up to you. We keep things light on structure, so you’ll
be free to try new things, explore new directions, and build a journey that really
inspires you. Make the most of it, and our world will be your oyster.


We work on a 70/20/10 learning principle. This means that your learning will
be split up like this, and it will be aligned to the values that shape our altogether
individual and unique culture.

  • 70%
    On the job

    This is learning by doing. You’ll get a real job
    from day one, so you can start delivering.

  • 20%
    From others

    Your manager, your team, and absolutely everyone here will be happy to share their knowledge with you.

  • 10%
    Formal training

    We put some structured learning
    into the mix, too.

Across all our programmes, we offer:

  • Regular feedback and coaching conversations
  • Ongoing mentoring
  • Regular coaching

Our graduate programmes also include:

  • A structured development programme
  • Leadership development through residential graduate modules throughout the programme
  • A graduate project, sponsored by our senior leadership team.  This will be a great opportunity to practise the leadership skills you’ve gained on the programme  – working on a real business challenge and showcasing what you

Meet Us

We’re always out and about during the recruitment season, here’s we’re visiting this year. Come and meet us, we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have.



  • 25th September 2018

    University College Dublin - Science, Engineering & Technology Fair

  • 27th September 2018

    Cork Institute of Technology - Careers and Employability Fair

  • 2nd October 2018

    National University of Ireland Galway - Graduate Jobs Fair

  • 3rd October 2018

    RDS Dublin - Grad Ireland Fair

  • 4th October 2018

    University of Limerick - UL Careers Fair

  • 5th October 2018

    University College Dublin - General Business Recruitment Fair

  • 5th October 2018

    University of Reading - Food and Nutritional Sciences Placement and Careers Fair

  • 9th October 2018

    Dublin City University - Accounting, Business, Finance & Law Fair

  • 10th October 2018

    Dublin Institute of Technology - Graduate Recruitment Fair

  • 10th October 2018

    University College Cork - The UCC Career Services Recruitment Fair

  • 11th October 2018

    University of Birmingham - Autumn Careers Fair

  • 15th October 2018

    University of Sheffield - Placement and Graduate Job Fair

  • 18th October 2018

    Queens University Belfast - Science & Engineering Fair

  • 22nd October 2018

    Newcastle University - Recruitment and Placements Fair

  • 23rd October 2018

    University of Exeter - Careers and Placement Fair

  • 5th November 2018

    King's College London - Career Options Fair

Graduate Stories

Our graduates are the perfect people to tell you about life here.
Some are quite recent additions to our family. Others have been here
for years. And they’ve all got a great story to tell. Oh, and don’t forget
that plenty of our leaders were graduates here once too.

  • Elizabeth
    Operations Graduate - Class of 2016

  • Eimear
    Commercial - Class of 2016

  • Georgie
    HR – Class of 2016

  • Shiraz
    Operations – Class of 2014

  • Becky
    Commercial – Class of 2015


If you have any questions about our careers or our business, we hope you’ll find the answer here.
If you can’t, get in touch with our lovely Talent and Resourcing Team.

What’s the contact number for any general enquiries?

Please call us on 020 7061 1938, or email us at KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com

Is there a deadline to submit the online application form?

We recruit on a rolling basis, so we welcome applications throughout the year. However, we recommend getting your application in as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.

My cv is not attaching on the recruitment system. What can I do?

It might be too big, so make sure it does not exceed 1024KB. If you’re still encountering problems, please email KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com

I need extra time to complete the psychometric testing and assessment exercises. What do I do?

We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. Just drop us an email at KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com

I encountered problems with my online tests. Can I retake the test?

Please email KerryFoodsGraduates@groupgti.com with the problem you encountered, along with the error code, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

I have submitted my application form, but now need to change my contact details. Can I do this?

Yes you can. Just log back on to the system.

Where will the assessment centres be held?

We hold our centres in Ireland or the UK, and we’re happy to reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

Do you sponsor work permits?

Please advise your right to work status and we will review on a case by case basis, dependent on the position.

Can I apply to multiple roles?

You can only make one application for the graduate programme, although you’ll be able to list a second preferred business function when you’re filling out the application form.

If I am rejected from the process, can I reapply?

You can, but not until the next application year. For example, if you’re unsuccessful in a role for the 2018 programme, you’re welcome to apply to the 2019 programme from October 2018.

When will I find out the location I’ve been assigned to?

This will be at the offer stage. Flexibility about locations is pretty much essential, as it’s the best way to make the most of all the opportunities here.

Can I receive feedback from the process if my application is rejected?

Due to the high volume of applications, we can only provide feedback to you if you get as far as the assessment centre.