Graduate Roles in Dairygold
The Graduate Development Programme will be open for applicants from Monday 5th September until Friday 14th October. Please follow this link to our online application.
As a growing and vibrant business, the recruitment and development of talent into our business is a key pillar of Dairygold's human resources strategy. Our business offers opportunities for a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The objective of our graduate programme is to provide focused development at the early stages of the graduate's career, thereby ensuring a platform for the advancement of your career into management and professional roles.
“We will only grow our business through investing in the development of our people.” Jim Woulfe, CEO
Dairygold recruits graduates from a variety of academic disciplines in co-operation with third level education institutions. Some of the disciplines we recruit from are seen below:
- Manufacturing/ Operations
- Sales and Marketing
- Technical/ Continuous Improvement
- R&D/ Innovation
- Supply Chain Management
- Quality Control/ Quality Assurance
- Retail/ Area Sales
Graduate Development Programme
Your Career Path
Graduates starting a career in Dairygold will be given an individual, tailored two-year career path plan, to build a solid foundation of skills and competencies for a long-term career in our business.
Key elements of our Graduate Development Programme include:
Dairygold are Approved Premier Partners with CIMA and a Platinum Approved Employer with ACCA. Achieving these accreditations with CIMA and ACCA demonstrate that the learning and development support provided to finance graduates at Dairygold is at the highest global standard possible with both accounting bodies. As a result finance graduates working with Dairygold who opt to undertake a ACCA or CIMA qualification, can fast track specific aspects of their Practical Experience Requirement and benefit from additional support from CIMA and ACCA.
Diploma in Management
A core element of the Dairygold Graduate Development programme is its 2 year Diploma in Management. This Diploma is undertaken by all of our graduates and incorporates 10 modules including 2 residential events. The Diploma in Management is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and is formally recognised as a level 6 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.
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For additional regular updates on the program see the Dairygold LinkedIn page, our LinkedIn Graduate Showcase Page and our gradireland company page or click here to download our brochure.
Deirdre O'Brien, R&D Graduate
My favourite part about working in R&D is that no two days are the same. There is great diversity in my role that makes my working day both interesting and challenging. I also get to work a lot with cross-functional teams giving me great insight to all aspects of the business. I am given a lot of responsibility in my role and have had the opportunity to lead a number of projects, which can vary from Cheddar, Speciality Cheese, Whey and Milk Powders. The Diploma in Management has also instilled me with the qualities and skills needed to progress to a managerial position in the future.
Stephen Kiely, Supply Chain Graduate
Being Ireland’s largest farmer owned Co-op enticed me to join Dairygold. As a supply chain graduate I have gained experience in transport logistics, milk advisory as well as cheddar logistics. This has provided me with an overview of all aspects of the supply chain function. The Dairygold Graduate Development programme allowed me to develop the required skill set through appropriate training and guidance from management while also gaining responsibility in my roles. You are encouraged to be a leader in your role as a graduate. Dairygold are willing to invest in you to further your career opportunities and personal development.
Deirdre Watkins - Technical Analyst for DG Cheddar Plant.
Working with Dairygold’s Technical team has given me a wide range of opportunities and allowed me to see all aspects of the business.
Our technical team is involved in highly cross functional work which means my day to day diary can vary from very hands-on work to project based work. As someone who loves variety in their work this was an ideal position for me. From plant scale new developments in both products and technologies, this position provides me with both challenging and also very interesting areas to work in.
Being a graduate, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow my personal development skills here in Dairygold as well as working towards receiving a Diploma in Management.
To date, the Dairygold Graduate Programme has proven to be a fantastic career choice; I was immediately given the opportunity to take on a role which suited both my college background and future goals.
As the Organisation (and Dairy industry as a whole) is currently undergoing significant growth, there have been many exciting challenges which I have been afforded both within my department, and across other areas of the business; such as leading energy saving projects and implementing Asset Management systems.
A Buddy system, Line Manager guidance and Personal Development sessions act as support mechanisms for the graduates and, in short, I feel that the programme is perfectly tailored to allow graduates to grow and develop into the future leaders of Dairygold.
Ivan Vallence - Agri Graduate
My current role in Dairygold is Ruminant Area Manager where I work with approximately 386 dairy farmers in both a sales and advisory role.
Through the Dairygold Graduate Development Programme I have received exposure and valuable experience by working in several different areas of the Dairygold agribusiness. This exposure has helped me to develop a career within Dairygold. What I found to be most beneficial to myself in terms of my own personal development was getting a lot of responsibility early on in the Graduate Development Programme through the different rotations. As well as this, working closely with senior management and being involved in major projects are some of the highlights.
I would highly recommend the Dairygold Graduate Development Programme for any graduate with ambition and drive for a successful career in the agribusiness sector.
Haiyan Yu R&D Technologist, Innovation Centre, DFI Irl
"The graduate programme was well designed and planned and contained lots of practical management techniques. Furthermore, it helped to give an overview of all aspects of the business, in particular those outside my own area. I have been fortunate to have been provided a fantastic opportunity to develop my own personal and management skills, necessary for future success in management in a commercial business environment."