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MDS Leadership and Management Scheme

United Kingdom
£22,000 per annum, rising to £23,000 in year two.
Closing date
18 Apr 2023

Job Details

On MDS, you will have the opportunity to experience varied roles in different organisations across the entire supply chain. Our 60 + Member businesses represent all aspects of the food, fresh produce, horticulture and agriculture supply chain, from growers to supermarkets. All candidates are employed by MDS at £22,000 per annum, rising to £23,000 in year two.

To apply to all development programmes, you must be eligible to work in the UK. You will also need a full driving licence and the use of a car by the time you start MDS.

Leadership and Management

New for 2022, the MDS Leadership and Management scheme offers an exciting opportunity for people wishing to start a second career. Whatever your age or background, if you have completed several years in a role that gave you leadership or managerial experience, this is the programme for you.

Successful candidates become MDS associates, working towards a formal Level 5 qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Like our other development programmes, you will undertake a series of 6-12 month placements in Member businesses. You will experience roles in a full range of disciplines that give real responsibility from the start.

As Members are across the UK, you are likely to be asked to relocate for each placement. If your family circumstances make that difficult, we will endeavour to find local placements.


MDS is a unique partnership of companies that was formed in 1986 to attract high calibre recruits with management potential into the Fresh Food, Produce, Horticulture and Arable supply chain.

Today MDS works on behalf of membership companies to provide a graduate scheme designed to equip young people with the experience, training and mind-set so that they have the confidence and ability to rapidly become senior business leaders within the industry.

The membership includes growers, suppliers and retailers of vegetables, salads, meat products and agrochemicals as well as agronomy specialists.

By selecting talented graduates, providing quality training and facilitating a breadth of experience across multiple businesses, MDS has been consistently delivering highly capable, talented future leaders to the food and fresh produce industry for over 30 years.

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