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About Dairygold Co-Operative Society Limited

We are Ireland’s largest farmer-owned dairy business processing c.1.3 billion litres of milk annually (20% of the Irish Milk pool) from our 3,000 milk suppliers. We manufacture and market a diverse range of dairy ingredients incorporating cheese and powders, including high spec proteins/ingredients for use in infant formula, food and nutrition sectors.

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Dairygold as a Company

The vision of Dairygold is to be a leading global, farmer-owned Co-Operative delivering global food solutions, whilst consistently enhancing the livelihoods of its stakeholders. As an ambitious, globally growing organisation, we need exceptional talent. That’s why we invest so highly in our 2 year Graduate Development Programme.

Headquartered in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, we employ over 1,200 people and generate a turnover of circa €992 million from global sales. We have three distinct business units:

  • Dairy Food Ingredients
  • Agri
  • Retail

We have 4 manufacturing facilities in Ireland, 2 formatting facilities in the UK, 35 retails stores across Munster, a feed mill based in Lombardstown Cork and sales offices located in Germany, Spain and China.

Why Choose Dairygold?

Our 2 year Graduate Development Programme is a key pillar of our human resources strategy as a growing organisation. We strive to create challenging and rewarding opportunities for graduates to grow within the business, progressing into management roles. 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 a thriving food industry.

If you want a role with lots of responsibility, exposure to different areas of our business and focused development opportunities during the early stages of your career, then our Graduate Programme is for you

About our Graduate Programme

Our 2 year Graduate Programme has a strong track record of developing talented leaders and functional experts. As a graduate with Dairygold, you will have an exciting opportunity to shape your own career. We support and encourage graduates to develop a tailored career path plan when they enter the programme. This enables the graduates to build a solid foundation of skills and competencies for a long-term career within the business.

All graduate rotate into different areas of the business/function during their time on the programme. This blended learning approach provides our graduates with exposure to a broad range of activities. Rotations will be linked to academic discipline and may involve a rotation to one of our overseas sites or international market locations.

The Graduate Diploma in Management

A core element underpinning our Graduate Programme is the Diploma in Management . This is undertaken by all our graduates and comprises of 10 modules delivered over the 2 year duration of the 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.

Personal Development

We recognise that we will only grow our business through investing in the development of our people. All graduates receive on-going reviews as part of the programme. Individual competency development requirements are included in each graduate's personal development plan. Each graduate will have access to a highly experienced external coach on a 1:1 basis who they can meet with for confidential guidance and support. Dairygold also utilises the knowledge and expertise of our experienced Managers through a Graduate Mentoring Programme where graduates are provided with career advice, support and access to the senior members of our team.

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.

What type of Graduate are we looking for?

Our employees are committed, passionate, resilient, hardworking and wear the Dairygold jersey with pride. Dairygold graduates should have strong knowledge in their area of study and demonstrate behaviours aligned to our four Core Values; results orientated customer focus, people development, respect and continuous improvement and innovation.

We have very competitive salary and bonus scheme in place for all of our graduates.

Graduate Opportunities for 2022 Intake:

  • Productions/Operations
  • Commercial Sales and Marketing
  • R&D/ Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Control
  • Technical/Continuous Improvement
  • Agri Operations
  • Engineering
  • Finance