Graduate scheme

County Westmeath + 2

C&D Foods are currently recruiting hardworking and ambitious graduates from a wide range of disciplines including Research & Development , Technical & New Product Development for a role based in Ireland (Mullingar) or the UK (Manchester or Driffield), with travel across our 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 to our 8 production sites in Europe and gain experience in project management while working alongside the Group Head of Research and Development for C&D Foods.

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 process of the New Product Development process from receipt of queries, paperwork process, recipe development and launch to the customer
  • Detailed support with any R&D Grants across the group
  • Regular detailed reports and key trends on data gathered from the NPD process
  • Identify and highlight opportunities for continuous improvement across the board
  • Support Group Head of R&D on specific projects
  • Full review of raw material testing requirements for the whole group and building of database to be shared across the group.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Degree level qualified in a food, feed or science related field
  • IT Skills – Excel & Microsoft suite.
  • Any previous system implementation experience/exposure to operating/recipe systems will be a notable advantage
  • 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 if required to C&D Food locations across Europe

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

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County Westmeath, Ireland, Europe

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