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Graduate Development Programme

Are you on board for the Dairygold Challenge?

We are Ireland’s largest farmer owned Co-Operative employing over 1,250 employees across Ireland, UK, Germany, Spain and China. As an ambitious, globally growing organisation, we need exceptional talent. That’s why we invest so highly in our two year Graduate Development Programme. Our best in class programme is designed to provide graduates with focused development and real responsibility at the early stages of their career giving them the platform to accelerate into leadership roles.

By investing in bright, ambitious and hardworking graduates and helping them develop their careers at an early stage, we are creating challenging and rewarding opportunities for them to grow with the business, into management and professional roles. 


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Our Diploma in Management

A core element of the Dairygold Graduate Development Programme is the Diploma in Management. This is undertaken by all our graduates and comprises of 10 modules delivered over the two year duration of the Graduate Programme. The Diploma is fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, and is formally recognised as a level 6 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

“We will only grow our business through investing in the development of our people.”
Conor Galvin, CEO

Who do we hire?


The Graduate Development Programme has a strategic link to our succession planning process so we are essentially seeking to hire the leaders of the future. Dairygold graduates must have strong knowledge in their area of study and demonstrate behaviours acutely aligned to the Dairygold four core values; results orientated, customer focus, people development & respect and continuous improvement & innovation.

Our employees are committed, passionate, resilient, hardworking and wear the Dairygold jersey with pride. We provide exciting career development opportunities for graduates, who want to learn, add value and showcase their potential at the cutting edge of best practice and innovation in the business. We can offer a broad range of excellent career opportunities across a variety of functions.




Graduates get the opportunity to rotate 2 to 3 times throughout their time on the Graduate Development Programme. This blended learning approach provides graduates with exposure to a broad range of activities within the business. Rotations will be linked to academic discipline and may involve a rotation to one of our overseas sites or international market locations. Each year we take in graduates in the following areas:

1. Manufacturing/Operations

2. Commercial Sales & Marketing

3. Product/Process Development

4. R&D/Innovation

5. Technical/Continuous Improvement

6. Supply Chain Management

7. Quality Control/Quality Assurance

8. Retail/Area Sales

9. Finance

10. Agri

Your Learning and Development

Our Graduate Programme has a strong track record of developing talented leaders and functional experts within the business. As a graduate with Dairygold, you will have this exciting opportunity to shape your own career. We support and encourage graduates to develop a tailored career path plan when they enter the Graduate Development Programme at Dairygold. This enables them to build a solid foundation of skills and competencies for a long-term career in the business.

Your Learning and Development

Each Graduate will have access to the following personal development tools:

  1. 1:1 coaching sessions
  2. Access to psychometric profiling
  3. Mentor Programme
  4. Buddy System
  5. On the job development and learning
  6. On-going manager support & feedback
  7. Strategic cross functional project assignment

Finance Graduates

Finance graduates in Dairygold get a unique offering. As well as having the opportunity to study the Diploma in Management, all finance students also complete their finance exams with ACCA or CIMA. All exams and materials are fully funded by the Society and paid time off for study leave is provided.

Dairygold is an Approved Premier Partner of CIMA and a Platinum Approved Employer with ACCA. As a result Dairygold finance graduates can fast-track specific aspects of their Practical Experience Requirements required to achieve ACCA qualifications. Both these accreditations demonstrate that we provide our finance graduates with the highest global level of learning and development supports with both accounting bodies.

Finance Graduates