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About Lakeland Dairies

Lakeland Dairies, a major dairy processing co-operative, operates within a fifteen county catchment area across the northern half of the island of Ireland. The Group processes about one billion litres of quality milk annually into a range of value-added dairy foodservice products and functional dairy food ingredients.

Our Foodservice Division is a sophisticated dairy foodservice operation with automated, modern production technologies. We offer highly appealing, value-added dairy products for use in food preparation and direct use by our clients’ consumers throughout the international foodservice industry.

Our Food Ingredients Division extracts the constituents of freshly assembled milk to offer a comprehensive portfolio of highly functional food ingredients with fine, free flowing milk powders, proteins and liquid dairy fats of an exceptionally high quality and consistency.

As well as catering directly for domestic consumption, Lakeland Dairies exports large volumes of dairy produce to the UK, Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and other international markets.
Our Agri-business Division is a producer focused business supporting thousands of farming producers with scientifically based nutritional information and high-performance products. This is backed by a top quality customer relations service, fast and efficient deliveries and a network of regionally based retail outlets.

Each business unit is supported by an experienced and professional leadership team from operations, procurement and information technology through to marketing, financial services and human resources. This ensures competitiveness and commitment throughout the Group.

As well as serving our home markets, Lakeland Dairies exports large volumes of dairy produce to the UK, Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and other international markets worldwide. The Group is also a leading provider of dairy produce to Ireland's Kerrygold brand.

All of Lakeland Dairies' processing facilities operate to the most stringent international standards of quality and sustainability. 

To ensure customer satisfaction, we rigorously test all raw materials, in-line processes and finished products. This underpins the overall Lakeland guarantee of Quality, Flexibility and Reliability in meeting all customer requirements.

The Graduate Programme

The Lakeland Dairies Graduate Programme is specifically structured to provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop your skills over a two year period.

During this time, you will complete rotational placements in appropriate functions and departments within the company, relevant to your discipline. In parallel with this, you will complete a Diploma in Management.

Throughout the programme, you will be assigned a mentor within the relevant departments for support and advice. You will also have ongoing contact, support and assistance from the Graduate Programme Co-ordinator to review and discuss your progress.

We invite applications from graduates of Food Science, Human Nutrition, Information Technology, Engineering, Agri Science and Business disciplines.

The ideal graduate will:

  • Have an Honours degree
  • Show a high record of achievement
  • Be an ambitious, dedicated and highly motivated person
  • Be able to work as part of a team and also on their own initiative
  • Enjoy challenge as much as success
  • Be organised and structured in their work and capable of on-time delivery

What we offer you:

  • A two year rotational programme
  • External Management Training
  • Competitive Salary Package
  • A one-to-one mentor
  • Exciting career prospects
  • Fun and challenges along the way
Contact name: 
Lucia O'Neill
Telephone number: 
049 436 4348
Contact by email: 

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Region: 
County Cavan County Down County Monaghan Outside Ireland
Organisation's locations: 
Killeshandra, Co Cavan; Bailieborough,Co Cavan; Newtownards, Co Down
Number of employees: 
750
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
7
Areas of specialisation: 
Manufacturing and processing
Sectors: 
Manufacturing and processing

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