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Company Profile - Wessex Foods


The meat industry has changed dramatically and is one of the most sophisticated of the food sectors. Wessex Foods is a market leader of quality meat products. Through our fresh and frozen divisions we are a preferred supplier to major retailers and food service companies in the UK.

Who are we?

Wessex Foods is a member company of Irish Food Processors, Europe's biggest beef processors with plants in Ireland and Britain. As a result our Graduate Scheme has created an excellent platform of promotion opportunities for our would-be Business Managers and a fast track for Graduates to move into positions of responsibility.

Career Opportunities

Wessex Food's training programme will equip you with the business and management skills required to enhance your prospects for rapid career progression. We invest time and money in our graduates, as we believe they are the business leaders of the future.

The areas you will be involved in include:

Production - making effective use of materials, machinery and people to produce the best possible products at the lowest cost and on time.

Technical/research and development - analysing and compiling nutritional tables making sure food production legislation issues are met and identifying areas for new product development.

Sales and Marketing - Sales analysis and market research on consumer tastes and trends and liasing directly with the key clients in retail and food service.

Finance - Business analysis, evaluating investments, predicting costs, analysing trends, making financial projections, plus accounting and managing day-to-day cash flow.

Engineering - working closely with food development departments on new products and consider how new products can be produced technologically.

Distribution and logistics - Making sure our product reaches the customer at the right time and the lowest cost by managing people, transport and warehousing.

The Graduate management programme successfully provides our graduates with an excellent understanding and exposure to our fast moving and demanding business. This scheme has created some outstanding managers within our business to date and we look to continue this success.

Training and Development

The Management Training programme is spread over approximately 20 months and covers all aspects of Wessex Foods business. We are committed to training and supporting our graduates so that you reach your full potential as individuals. There are monthly meetings to monitor your development and a very open forum of communication with line managers and the training team.

Graduate Managers are supported to gain relevant professional qualifications.

What we look for

Masses of determination and drive.
- We look for Graduates who will make things happen

Communication skills
- You will be dealing with suppliers, customers and production staff every day! Our Graduate managers must be able to lead, influence and motivate

Team work
- Our success comes through a combined effort from everyone.

An interest in meat!
- Although not essential, a relevant food or manufacturing degree background, or food and agricultural industry experience would be advantageous.

Full driving license and Location flexibility is essential

Wessex Foods head office is based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, but we also have operations in Scotland, Ireland and Liverpool, where excellent opportunities exist for our Graduate Managers after the initial training programme.

What we offer

Wessex Foods are committed to developing 'home grown' managers, it is a great company for ambitious Graduates to stand out and make a name for themselves in a very fast paced and growing industry. We recognise hard work and forward thinking Graduates who want to make an impact.

Our people have a down-to-earth attitude - both in the way they approach a problem and the way they interact with other people. It is a culture based on open communication and mutual understanding, and you'll find people are more than happy to share knowledge and lend a hand whenever you are in need of support.

The Package we offer

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Accommodation expenses where necessary
  • Benefits on successful completion of the training programme
  • Excellent opportunities to quickly progress into positions of real responsibility

So, if you think you have what it takes to make things happen, with a desire to work in a leading company in the food industry, then we want to hear from you.

How to apply

Any new opportunities will be listed on the right hand side of the page.

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