Why choose Supply Chain & Operations?
Supply Chain is one of the largest functions in our businesses and covers everything from field to fork. Our 18-month graduate scheme is made up of three placements within one Grocery business, where you might work in areas such as: Manufacturing, technical and Food Safety, Health and Safety, Continuous Improvement and Production Planning. Our businesses and operations are extremely fast-paced so you will need to be ready to adapt and react quickly. This means no two programmes or experiences are the same.
What will you be doing?
It is a busy and demanding programme - you will learn and develop essential leadership skills, receive regular coaching and feedback from your line manager and benefit from structured training and mentorship. You will gain a great overview of the entire process of food manufacturing; from sourcing all of the ingredients and packaging, through planning what to make and when, manufacturing the product safely and efficiently, checking it’s the right quality and then making sure it’s on the right lorry to get to our customers and into the shopper’s hands.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for curious, driven and adaptable individuals who are passionate about making a difference to the food and drink brands you encounter everyday. Our roles will allow you to gain real responsibility in a challenging environments with a diverse group of people and products in order to make a big difference in our business.
What our Grads say?
My favourite thing about working for ABF is that they invest heavily in people. If you prove that you are motivated and driven, you will be given the trust to go for completely different roles or take on more responsibility in your current role. I was able to switch from a Supply Chain role in Jordans to a Commercial role at Allied Bakeries even though I had no previous commercial experience. ABF shows real long-term vision in dealing with people. They will support and even encourage extra training, mentoring, networking… You will always be given the time to develop your professional network of contacts, whether it will help in your current role or just prove useful years down the line. They will prioritise sharing the same values and ethics over anything else. I have noticed that people who are not aligned with these values tend not to stay long in ABF and the right behaviour will always be rewarded over the right result. Since I have joined ABF in September 2015, I always felt I was supported in my career and looked after. I came over from France for an 18 months Graduate Program but have not looked back since! Margaux Dupeyrat 2015 Graduate
During my first placement on the supply chain grad scheme at JDR I was tasked with transitioning our Environmental Management System (ISO14001) from the 2004 standard to the 2015 standard along with the HSE Manager. This involved getting involved with all functions and manufacturing sites across the entire business; raising awareness, making sure they were aware of their own environmental impacts, creating policies, procedures and process and creating a culture to allow us to continually improve our environmental standing. The resulting presentation to the board and two day external audit was a massive success and JDR are currently the only grocery group company to hold this credential. Hannah McCormmick 2017 Graduate