What do we look for?
At Addo Food Group we believe in providing our workforce with the opportunity to grow and progress within our business. With five sites across the UK, our graduate scheme is testament to the innovation and forward-thinking nature that we adopt at Addo.
As the UK’s leader in savoury food production and manufacturing, we provide top retailers with on-trend, on-table products, whilst dynamically capitalising on the emerging opportunities within the foodservice, hospitality, convenience, and grocery discounter sectors. In a chilled savoury pastry market, currently worth £1.2 billion, we continue to excel by setting new standards, achieving success in new categories and driving transformation and innovations across the business.
Our graduate scheme has been designed as a pathway to management within Addo, providing an opportunity for qualification and education, alongside real-life work experience. We believe in giving you the tools to succeed within management and guide you through projects to further your knowledge and expertise.
Our graduates demonstrate the future of our business and are at the heart of our core purpose; to be a great place to work for our colleagues and our customers first choice supplier.
Our graduate scheme
Our programme runs over two years, offering two separate pathways of study into Food Manufacturing Management, Operations Management and Commercial Management.
At Addo we are passionate about providing our next generation of leaders the chance to progress and learn on the job – this is integral and at the heart of not only our graduate scheme but also our wider business. All the graduates that successfully make it onto our scheme will benefit from accelerated development into leadership and management, allowing quick personal progression into business management roles.
As part of our graduate scheme, you will also be given the chance to take part in our Mastership Programme. The programme is a combination of educational learning with workplace training, covering modules including Strategy, Innovation & Change, Enterprise & Risk and Finance.
Throughout the scheme, you will be provided with extensive professional development support. We want to ensure you have the best support around you, enabling you to maximise the opportunities our graduate scheme will give you. Each graduate has a dedicated mentor, although they will not be directly involved in your day-to-day work, you will be able to speak to them outside of your projects and get the right guidance within Addo.
You will also be assigned a manager for each module of work you undertake – you will meet with them regularly to set aims and objectives that will support your progression. At Addo providing our employees with the best support possible, is integral to our business.
Our operations role will require fast pace thinking and the ability to adapt to different situations quickly and efficiently. Over the two-year scheme, you will be given responsibilities across four projects, within different areas of the business, lasting six months each. The projects can range from planning to post bake, to learning how to manage people – you will also work on the full manufacturing lifecycle from producing the raw material to presenting the finished goods.
On the Commercial Management pathway, you will be working across four main departments; Commercial and Category, Brand and Marketing, Operations, and Finance. You will learn how to understand and optimise food manufacturing trends as well as keeping and growing customer relationships – this pathway will provide you will the full experience you need to fast-track into a more senior role within Addo.
Progressing at Addo
Our graduate scheme provides you with the opportunity to understand the business from the shop floor to the executive level, giving you exposure to all the resources we have within our industry.
At the end of our two-year programme, if we believe you have the drive to succeed within Addo, by assessing the projects you have completed across the business, we will look to place you in one of our five sites – in a department best suited to your skillset.
Having graduated within the last two years with a minimum of a 2:1 degree, in a relevant field (such as Business Management, Marketing, or Business Development) – our graduates will be passionate about their role and willing to learn more about all aspects of our business.
We are specifically looking for candidates that align closely with our business objectives:
- Driving excellence
- Delivering at pace
- Doing the right thing
- Keeping our promises
- Succeeding together
Our graduate will also be willing to go the extra mile for our customers, thrive on new experiences and will be passionate about getting involved in our CSR and volunteering programmes.
The benefits of working for Addo
Our graduate scheme offers a competitive starting salary of £24,000 – £26,000 per year, with 25 days annual leave allowance, plus bank holidays. The scheme will also see you auto-enrolled into the Addo Food Group pension scheme.
You will be supported throughout your journey with us, including being mentored by one of our Executive team and having the backing of the Groups’ Graduate Coordinator. You will also be given the opportunity to continue your professional development with the support of further studies.
What our graduates say
Tom Thackary – Marketing Executive Graduate Scheme 2020
Degree: Business Management and Marketing at Nottingham Trent University
Tom’s role: Having chosen the Commercial Management pathway, Tom is based within our brand and marketing department. His role within the business covers everything from creating content for our social media pages, to supporting with product promotional activity to assisting our commercial team with new product launches.
“The whole team made it very easy for me to fit in, I quickly felt comfortable in my placement thanks to Addo’s great working environment. Addo has given me the opportunity to take ownership of projects – a prime example of this is taking the lead for the Wall’s Pastry and Pork Farms’ social media platforms. Being able to continue my learning and apply my theoretical knowledge to real-life situations is something that has helped to develop my skillset.
I would recommend taking part in the Addo graduate scheme as you are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of experiences and I have been able to learn all about the elements that make up the business, including experiencing a full lifecycle of bringing a product to market from an idea to its listing within a supermarket. Addo has really focused on me as an individual, understanding what I’m passionate about and encouraging me to progress every step of the way.”
How to get involved
Successful candidates should expect to take part in the following recruitment process:
- Video Interview
- Individual Profiling
- Graduate assessment day
- Feedback if your application is unsuccessful or an offer letter
Addo – Volunteering
Giving back to those who need it the most is a vital part of our company ethos and we believe in providing our workforce with the best opportunities to grow and progress, both personally and professionally. Our employee volunteering scheme is an effective and powerful way for us to invest in our people as well as improving the lives of those within our communities.
The scheme allows our employees to engage with other members of the team and work together, while also helping the business to build rapport and solidify its place as a key contributor to our local communities across the country. Our volunteering scheme includes opportunities to get involved with projects such as:
- Professional support – donating professional skills to help a community project or charity
- Employee fundraising – encouraging our colleagues or other stakeholders to raise money for charity
- Mentoring or Coaching – enabling our employees to support local schools with education and career activity
- Team challenges – encouraging a team of employees to carry out a physical or skills-based activity for the benefit of a community organisation