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About Dawn Meats

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Dawn Meats - one of Europe’s leading food companies

We are the supplier of choice to a range of local, national and international supermarket, foodservice and manufacturing businesses, who value our commitment to sustainability and quality.

Dawn Meats was established in Co. Waterford, Ireland in 1980, and has grown to a business with over €2bn in annual revenue, employing over 8,000 staff in twelve countries.

Our People

At Dawn Meats, our team members are a diverse and inclusive community of passionate people striving to make a difference. We make every effort to ensure they feel a valued part of the business and that they in turn value the opportunities that arise from working with Dawn Meats.

We are focused on a culture that fosters diversity, inclusion, enthusiasm and motivation, whilst ensuring the safety of each individual within the Company.

Brighter Futures Graduate Programme

At Dawn Meats our people are our strength, and the Brighter Futures Graduate Programme is a key element in building a top class team. We seek graduates with the potential to succeed in a fast-paced business environment and with continuous investment in our Programme, we welcome and encourage the fresh ideas, enthusiasm and energy new graduates bring to the company.

The Programme is structured to provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills and experiences over a range of disciplines in a 2-year period. With no pre-conceived ideas and no limit on your career path, your skills and experiences can be uniquely tailored to the multitude of career opportunities within Dawn Meats.

Your Learning and Development

Experience is the best teacher, which is why at Dawn Meats we like to throw you in at the deep end. Combined with formal training you will work with passionate, talented people who will provide invaluable training on the job plus:

  • Dedicated mentors
  • First class coaching
  • Direct access to senior leaders
  • On-going Manager Support & Feedback
  • Opportunities to undertake assignments, secondments and innovative project work across the business
  • Investment in blue chip residential offsite training.
  • For our Finance and Accounting Graduates the opportunity to gain a professional qualification from ACA, CIMA, ACCA or CPA is available.

Areas of Opportunity

Graduates in Dawn Meats are offered roles with real responsibility from day one. Each year we recruit graduates across a wide range of functions including:

  • Cattle Procurement
  • Agriculture
  • Commercial and Planning
  • Production
  • Sales & Marketing
  • New Product Development
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety
  • Food Safety & Quality
  • Environmental
  • Purchasing
  • Engineering
  • Accounting & Finance

Graduates also get the opportunity to rotate throughout their time on the Brighter Futures Graduate Programme. This provides exposure to a broad range of functions within the business. Rotations can also involve a placement to any of our sites across Ireland and the UK as well as to our sales and marketing offices throughout Europe.

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