BUILD YOUR CAREER WITH US

The Kepak Graduate Programme gives dynamic, hardworking and committed graduates an opportunity to join our diverse team.
The Programme lasts 2 years and leads successful graduates on to potential career opportunities within the business. From day one you will:

Be immersed in the Kepak company and culture, working closely with key industry experts and Kepak leaders.
Have the opportunity to work in various departments from factory to office, marketing through to project creation.
Learn every aspect of the business whilst finding the role that best fits your skills and interests in the company.
Hone personal and professional development skills across various tasks and projects.
Receive personal mentorship, tailored development plans and training.

GRADUATES SPOTLIGHT

Our previous graduates know that hard work pays off, with many staying with us after the programme finishes.

We’re big on growth and by offering dedicated mentors and personal development training, you could find yourself working and thriving in any section of the business.

The Graduate programme is tailored to unveil growth opportunities and help you make the most out of your time.

OUR GRADUATES’ INSPIRING STORIES

Have a look at what our previous Kepak Graduates have to say about the programme.

RYAN CLARKIN

RYAN CLARKIN

For anyone looking for the next step after university, the Kepak graduate scheme is really an amazing opportunity. You’ll get the chance to be immersed in all areas of the business and build an understanding of where the next steps are in your career. After completing the scheme you’ll transition into a role that suits you and has been built based on your experiences while on the scheme. The best part is you’ll be working within a company that is built on internal promotions and the development of its employees.

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KATHLEEN O’CONNOR

KATHLEEN O’CONNOR

I have had many highlights over my time with Kepak. I have been very lucky to get exposure to some really exciting and strategic projects. One of the key projects I worked on was the launch of the Blended Burger range. Kepak launched the Beefroot & Moo-Shroom burger in early 2019. These products were launched in response to the growing flexitarian trends we are seeing in the marketplace.

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Liam Grogan

LIAM GROGAN

LIAM GROGAN

I’m currently involved in International Sales to the Philippines and Africa. This involves traveling to these markets, participating in trade fairs, customer visits, factories, etc. It has allowed me to gain a great understanding of the products and markets in which we deal, and also allows me to travel to many countries. Spending time in the factory has been invaluable, it’s a great way to see the full scope of the business.

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AOIFE RYAN

AOIFE RYAN

The great thing about working at Kepak is the exposure to all facets of the business and the opportunity to really progress in areas that play to your strengths.
As a graduate trainee, I found there to be strong levels of support across the business, not just from your designated mentor, but also via the large community of graduates who have been through the programme.

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WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for hardworking and ambitious graduates of all disciplines and backgrounds and we accept applications from any candidate with an undergraduate degree.

It’s important our core values align with yours.

RESPONSIBILTY

You must be able to work on your own initiative, take accountability, thrive during change and continuously look for improvements to make our business more sustainable.

AMBITION

Willingness to learn and confidence to strive to be the best you can be.

PASSION FOR FOOD

As an industry leader, this is at the heart of everything we do.

TEAMWORK

Teamwork is absolutely pivotal to our success so the ability to build relationships, relate to a diverse workforce and support others is a key attribute we will be looking out for.

If these resonate with you, then you will feel right at home here at Kepak.

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1

APPLY ONLINE

Deadline is 10th Jan 2020

STEP 2

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

Quick over the phone interviews to see if you’re best fit for life at Kepak

STEP 3

ASSESSMENT

Attend our Assessment Centre for some exercises and interviews

STEP 4

IN PERSON INTERVIEW

Meet with a senior leader

STEP 5

REFERENCE CHECKS

Final reference checks & an offer to successful grads

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DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS FOR YEAR 2020 IS 10TH JAN 2020

WHY JOIN KEPAK

From humble beginnings to global operation, Kepak have always invested in the future by doing better and by doing the right thing for innovation in the meat business at all levels. Now Kepak wants to invest in you.

CULTURE

CULTURE

Kepak is a family owned business and this is reflected in our working culture, friendly yet hardworking.

GROWTH

GROWTH

The personal and professional growth of our employees is our mission, giving them the skills and confidence to influence the direction of our business in the future.

MANAGEMENT

MANAGEMENT

We pride ourselves on having our employees best interests at heart and our flat management structure gives employees and graduates access to senior leaders for insight and guidance.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We strive to make a difference through innovation and through our various CSR initiatives, changing the industry and community for the better.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

See some of the different activities and experiences our graduates are involved in during the programme.

MEET US IN PERSON

If you have any questions and would like to meet in person, we will be at the graduate fairs listed below. Pop by for a chat.

IN THE UK

16th Oct 2019

READING UNIVERSITY
CAREERS & PLACEMENTS FAIR
Reading Berkshire, RG6 6AH

13th Nov 2019

ROYAL AGRICULTURE UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE CAREERS & PLACEMENTS FAIR
Cirencester, GL7 6JS

23rd Oct 2019

UNIVERSITY OF CARDIFF
BUSINESS CAREERS FAIR
Cardiff, CF10 3AT

19th Nov 2019

HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE CAREERS & PLACEMENT FAIR
Newport, TF10 8NB

24th Oct 2019

WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
FARMING & HORTICULTURE CAREERS FAIR
Chelmsford, CM1 3RR

IN IRELAND

30th Sept 2019

GMIT CAREERS FAIR
GMIT, Dublin

10th Oct 2019

IT SLIGO CAREERS FAIR
IT Sligo Main Campus, Sligo

3rd Oct 2019

UL CAREERS FAIR
University Sports Area, Limerick

10th Oct 2019

ST ANGELA’S COLLEGE CAREERS FAIR
St. Angela’s College, Sligo

9th Oct 2019

UCC CAREERS FAIR
Mardyke Arena, Cork

16th Oct 2019

DKIT CAREERS FAIR
DkIT, Dundalk

FAQ

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME?

You can apply via our online application form here. If you see us at a career fair, please feel free to give us your CV and discuss the programme. We are always delighted to talk about the programme.

HOW LONG IS THE KEPAK GRADUATE PROGRAMME?

The graduate programme runs for two years. In year one, you can be rotated to various departments and then streamlined into your specific role in year two.

DO I NEED A SPECIFIC DEGREE TO JOIN THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME?

No – we recruit graduates of all disciplines, from Philosophy to Agricultural Science and accept applications from candidates with Level 7 Degrees.

WHERE WILL I BE BASED IF I'M SUCCESSFUL?

If successful, you will be based in one of our sites across Ireland and the UK. Graduates usually stay in one site for their first year of the programme. This will be discussed with you during the recruitment process.

WHAT TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?

Along with internal job training which may include rotations to various departments, you will take part in numerous external training courses in areas such as Presentation and Communication skills and Time Management Training. You will also take part in internal training delivered by members of our experienced team in diverse areas.
Bespoke training is delivered as part of year two.

WILL I GET TO MEET OTHER GRADUATES?

Yes – graduates get to meet each other on cohort days and site visits. You will also take part in team building activities throughout the year. We have a large community of graduates and operate a “buddy system” so you can meet previous graduates too.

DO KEPAK TAKE ON INTERNS/WORK PLACEMENT STUDENTS?

Yes – if you are interested in finding out more, please email recruitment@kepak.com

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DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS FOR YEAR 2020 IS 10TH JAN 2020