Human Resources Graduate

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




Discover Bakkavor for a 3-year HR programme that gives you valuable, practical work experience across every part of a blue-chip food-manufacturing business. Bakkavor offers all this while supporting you to achieve the career-defining CIPD qualification – and preparing you for a highly influential role.

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 Human Resources Programme

You’ll work in three placements across different business units, while receiving fully funded training for the CIPD Professional Development Scheme. We’ll give you core skills in recruitment, employee relations, performance management, employment law, pay management, development and succession. The experience you gain will prepare you for a key HR management role within 5 years of joining. Having an inquisitive nature and an inbuilt desire to challenge the norms is the key to success. 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 2.2 Honours degree (ideally in business or human resource management) as well as at 3 months’ work experience in a human resource or professional services environment. To thrive here, you’ll need to combine your excellent interpersonal and influencing skills with a business-focused approach. The pace is fast, so you’ll need excellent organisational skills too. 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 also gives you exclusive access to our platform that gives hundreds of discounts across the major retailers. We also invite first year graduates 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.