Commercial, Sales and Management Graduate

Placements available throughout the UK, from the south of England to Scotland
£24,500 + an additional £1000 payment when you start
08 Sep 2017
06 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time



By discovering Bakkavor’s Commercial Sales and Management training programme, you’ll not only be embarking on a rewarding career at the heart of food manufacturing. You’ll be gaining exceptional all-round experience along with the opportunity to shape the future of our business.

Discover Bakkavor

You may not have heard of us, but we’re just about the biggest name in the food industry. You’ll find us in the factories and fridges across the land both in the UK and overseas, where we are establishing a fast-developing presence in the United States and China.

In total, we have 19,000 employees worldwide. In the UK, we are number one across all four categories within fresh prepared foods, Meals, Salads, Desserts and Pizza & Bread. Our customers include some of the best known grocery retailers who sell our products to consumers under their respective retailer brands. That’s why we are proud to work with all the leading retail brands; it’s what keeps us busy! Why wouldn’t you want work on a bigger scale and become a part of all their success stories?

Our Commercial Programme


From day one, you’ll contribute to key business projects and add value to your team. Over two 12-month placements, we’ll give you valuable exposure to a variety of business areas. And we’ll get you liaising with our customers, which include many of the biggest names in retail. You’ll start as an Account Executive, supporting our Commercial Managers and Category Managers. After two years, you’ll become an Account Manager for one of our major accounts. We’ll expect you to become a Commercial Manager within 5 years. You’ll also gain an all-round understanding of manufacturing, as there’s more than meets the eye to be able to get the food from farm to fork!

What you’ll need

You’ll need a Business, Marketing, Economics or food related degree at a minimum of 2:2 and at least 3 months’ work experience in a commercial, manufacturing or professional services environment. You’re confident speaking to customers, numerate, analytical and PC savvy. 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.

What we offer

As well as a salary of £24,500, you’ll receive an additional £1000 payment when you start, and your salary is reviewed after completing your first year with us. We’ll also cover the costs for 2 weeks B&B or rent, plus reasonable removal costs. Our sites are located throughout the UK and your placements could take you from the south of England to Scotland. There may even be the chance to work in one of our international sites so you’ll need to show great flexibility. That’s where Zenith comes in! One monthly cost gets you a brand new car of your choice and insurance, along with all the extras to get you on the road at a cheaper rate. We also believe a good work life balance is a must. That’s why you’re able to buy an additional 5 days on top the 25 days holiday as standard. Becoming a Bakkavor employee you also get hundreds of discounts across the major retailers. We also invite first year grads to get involved with fund raising for the Princes Countryside Fund as a chance to build relations with our fellow graduates and the local community. 

Apply today

Our graduate scheme is for people who can think bigger and grow faster. We created it to develop the future-leaders and shapers of our business.

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