Graduate Roles in Dairygold

Applications are now Closed.

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. Each graduate will be placed in value adding roles throughout the business.

Career opportunities include:

•    Manufacturing/ Operations
•    Product/ Process Development
•    Technical Sales/ Business Development
•    R&D/ Innovation
•    Technical/ Nutritional Advice
•    Supply Chain Management
•    Quality Control/ Quality Assurance
•    Retail/ Area Sales
•    Finance
•    I.T.


Your Career Path

Graduates starting a career in Dairygold will be given an individual, tailored three-year career path plan, to build a solid foundation of skills and competencies for a long-term career in our business. The programme provides 2 to 3 rotations into different areas of the business, while remaining in your chosen function, where specific projects are assigned. The experience gained on these rotations provides the graduate with exposure to the broad range of activities within the business in a structured manner. The area of rotation will be linked to the graduate's academic discipline. Finance and Accounting graduates are offered a 3 year Graduate Programme with exposure across the Finance Function, leading to CIMA, ACCA or ACA professional certification which is fully funded by Dairygold. Areas of secondment during the 3 year graduate programme are illustrated below:

Dairygold Graduate Programme

Graduate Development

A core element of the Dairygold graduate programme is its management and professional development programme, the Diploma in Management. This accredited development programme running over the course of the graduate programme provides our graduates with the essential competencies to progress into leadership positions in the future. The Diploma in Management practice offers our graduates off-site learning across a range of business and personal development skills together with practical work based project.

Core elements of the Diploma in Management are as illustrated below:

Diploma in Management

As all graduates receive ongoing reviews as part of the programme, other individual competency development requirements will be included in each graduate's development plan and delivered through in-house experiential learning or targeted external/internal training initiatives.

Dairygold also utilises the knowledge and expertise of our people through a graduate mentoring programme where graduates are provided with career advice, support and information from a more senior member of our team.


Graduate Recruitment


Dairygold recruits graduates from a variety of academic disciplines in co-operation with third level education institutions worldwide. Some of the disciplines we recruit from are seen below:
•    Finance
•    Engineering
•    Agri-Science
•    Food Science
•    Business

The Application Process for our 2015 Graduate intake is now open, please see the information and link at the top of this page.

For additonal regular updates on the program see the Dairygold LinkedIn page, our LinkedIn Graduate Showcase Page and our gradireland company page.

Graduate Testimonials

Haiyan Yu

Haiyan Yu
R&D Technologist, Innovation Centre, DFI Irl

Having always been interested in working and living abroad, the Dairygold Graduate Program offered me an opportunity to realize my goals and allowed me to join a leading food ingredients business. 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 work in Dairygold’s new Innovation Centre based in Mitchelstown and 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.