Graduate scheme

About Us

C&D Foods are currently recruiting hardworking and ambitious graduates from a wide range of disciplines including Food Safety & Quality for a role based in Ireland initially (approx. 6 months) with travel and rotations across our 8 manufacturing sites in Mainland Europe.

C&D Foods is one of the largest pet food manufacturers in Europe, offering specially-formulated cat and dog food for the private label market. Founded in 1969, and now part of the ABP Food Group, C&D Foods has grown to become one of the industry’s leading pet food producers with eight manufacturing sites across Europe supplying quality products to customers around the world.

The C&D Foods Graduate experience:

Graduates starting a career at C&D Foods will be given responsibility from day one. Over the course of our 2 year programme you travel around many our 8 production sites in Europe and gain experience in various role within the sites quality department, while working alongside the Group Head of Food Safety & Compliance.

You will be supported with on the job and external training, experience a number of different areas of the business and connect to mentors and other graduates across the company.

  • Short term: responsibility from day one
  • Medium term: fast paced progression to managerial positions within the Group.
  • Long term: develop as future senior leader within the ABP Food Group.


  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams and departments across the group on projects.
  • Understand the production process and food safety aspects
  • Identify and highlight opportunities for continuous improvement across the board
  • Support Group Head of Food Safety & Compliance on specific projects
  • Immerse yourself in all aspects of our Quality depart onside and at group level, fast tracking your route to becoming a senior leader, or manager within our fast growing business.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Degree level qualified in a relevant field of study
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-starter/hungry to get involved. While there will be structure to your learning and prescribed projects a lot will depend on the Graduates initiative.
  • Ability to operate at all levels across the business, internally and externally.
  • A desire to pursue a long-term career in the Food Industry.
  • Language skills are desirable but not essential
  • A willingness to travel and relocate to C&D Food locations across Europe

Candidates should have the relevant work rights for ongoing full-time employment

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