Careers

Graduates

We have now filled our 2017 intake but please check back for updates.  We aim to re-open applications at the end of 2017.

Our ‘Future Leaders’ Development Programme offers exciting opportunities for you to develop and make a real difference in Premier Foods.

The content of the programme will be driven by the function/business unit you join, however all programmes will have a rotational element and enable you to gain a broad exposure to our business: providing you with the knowledge and experience you need for a fast tracked career.

Following a four week induction programme which will include one week at Head Office and three weeks based across our manufacturing sites, you'll work within the specific function/business unit you have been recruited for.

This period (which will be up to two years) includes a dynamic and structured development programme delivering a high level of autonomy and responsibility from the start, which will test your tenacity, innovation and desire to achieve results. After successful completion of the programme you can expect a first appointment to a middle manager role with significant responsibility.

From the start you'll have access to a suite of skills development courses including presentations skills, time management and communication skills, as well as sponsored professional development.

What can you expect?

  • £28k and attractive benefits package including: 25 days holiday plus statutory holidays, pension scheme, life assurance, employee discount scheme
  • Sponsored professional development
  • A Business Mentor
  • 11 days of management development skills training including presentation, leadership performance management and communication skills
  • Participation in a CEO business project – putting everything you’ve learnt into use!
  • A community of like-minded fellow graduates who enjoy informal dinners and drinks and invitations to more formal events, charity dinners and sales or manufacturing conferences
  • Executive networking opportunities

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Three A Levels – minimum of 280 UCAS points gained

  • A relevant Degree (2:1 achieved or expected)

  • An understanding of the UK FMCG/Retail sectors

  • Clear career aspirations, demonstrated through employment/work experience gained outside of studies

  • High degree of commercial awareness and personal qualities in line with our values 

  • The right to work in the UK and English speaking

  • UK driving license and a preparedness to relocate: you'll be required to spend time in other locations with overnight stays and/or six month placements which will be funded by us (details on the website)

  • Experience of leadership roles across sports, hobbies or other interests

  • Exposure to diversity e.g. community or charity work, travel and gap year experience

Hear from some of our colleagues who started out on the Premier Foods graduate scheme by clicking the links below.

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Blaine Woulfe - National Account Executive

What is your new job title and which team are you in?
I am now in the Convenience Team and working as a National Account Executive.

What was the process involved in the graduate rotation and what did you learn?
This new opportunity seems like the ideal fit for me as I have had a number of relevant rotations leading to this role. I started in Field Sales driving in-store relationships for mutual benefit which involved monitoring compliance, agreeing orders and securing incremental feature space. Following this experience, I worked in e-Commerce where I learned the complexity of this channel but also its potential in today’s retail landscape. A rotation in Commercial Planning & Execution allowed me to develop my understanding of pricing and promotions.

What’s been your favourite thing about the graduate rotation and which aspect do you think has benefitted you the most for your current role?
I would say that my favourite thing about the rotational programme was the variety. I worked with many teams across the business on a wide variety of topics in relation to different brands, categories, channels and customers.

Do you have any top tips for the graduates currently starting their rotation or any advice for those who are considering the Premier Foods graduate scheme?
I would say make loads of friends along the way and make the most of the cross-functional moves.

Katherine Cook - Innovation Executive

What is your new job title and which team are you in?
Innovation Executive - Quick Meals Soups & Snack (Batchelors)

What was involved in the rotation of the graduate scheme and what things did you learn?
Prior to my new role in Quick Meals Soups & Snacks, I undertook three placements: field sales with Reach, Flavours & Seasonings brand placement and a Managing Director placement. During my Reach placement, I was responsible for a South West territory encompassing 60 mults stores and developed my category/in-store knowledge. In my Flavours & Seasonings brand placement, I worked to troubleshoot our New Product Development classification/reporting process, undertook a new category exploration project and drew up a brand plan for one of our smaller brands. 

What’s been your favourite thing about the graduate rotation and which aspect do you think has benefited you the most for your current role?
My favourite aspect of the rotational graduate scheme was working across Bisto, Oxo and Paxo with the F&S brand team. Not only did I receive excellent 360 degree exposure to how big brands are managed but the team were fantastic at supporting my professional development.

Do you have any top tips for the graduates currently starting their rotation or any advice for those who are considering the Premier Foods graduate scheme?
Challenge yourself! The graduate scheme provides a safe space to push yourself and explore where your strengths and passions lie.

Any other thoughts on the graduate scheme and your journey with Premier Foods so far?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Premier Foods so far. The graduate scheme provided me with an appreciation of the challenges faced by different teams in our business, extensive personal and professional development and most fortunately, a group of friends for life!

Jessica Kelly - National Account Executive

What is your new job title and which team are you in?
National Account Executive within the Morrisons Grocery Sales Team.

What was involved in the rotation of the graduate scheme and what things did you learn?
I completed 3 rotations across the commercial function, starting with 6 months in field sales predominantly within the wholesale channel. This was then followed by a rotation within the Sharwood’s brand team and a rotation in e-commerce. The rotations enabled us to find out our strengths and what we enjoy, to ultimately find a role that is a good fit for both us and the company, when coming off the programme.

What's been your favourite thing about the graduate rotation and which aspect do you think has benefitted you the most for your current role?
The rotation programme was great in developing knowledge across multiple areas of the business. I enjoyed and learnt something valuable in all my rotations that I have been able to apply to other rotations and my new role. My field rotation gave me a great insight into our products and customers, from different product formats for different channels, to instore execution, the day to day store operations and challenges faced instore. My marketing placement has been extremely beneficial in enabling me to bring a different perspective to my sales role, as I understand brand positioning, shopper behaviour and the innovation process a lot more. My ecommerce knowledge corresponds well to my role, as I am able to use this to ensure we launch successfully across both the instore and online channels within Morrisons.  

Do you have any top tips for the graduates currently starting their rotation or any advice for those who are considering the Premier Foods graduate scheme?
Make the most of every rotation and go in with an open mind, you don’t always realise the value of the information you pick up until you move rotations. The rotational scheme is a great way to find out what areas you like/dislike and where your strengths lie; sometimes the areas you enjoy most aren’t always what you initially expect!

Any other thoughts on the Premier Foods graduate scheme and your journey with Premier Foods so far?
I have really enjoyed the graduate scheme, people have been really welcoming – moving around departments has also enabled me to develop a range of skills and knowledge and build good relationships across the business. This has definitely helped me in my current role – sales is a completely new area for me, so it’s good to know I have support from across teams to help me learn the ropes!

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