Graduates in our 18 month European Graduate Programme are placed in a real role with real responsibility from day one. Graduates are given the unique opportunity to learn about ARYZTA’s business and customer needs by working across our European operations in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary or Poland.
Graduates gain unrivaled on-the-job experience and opportunities to expand their functional skillset. Leadership development is supported through external management development modules. ARYZTA is a fast-paced environment and we are committed to supporting our graduates transition from full-time education to the full-time working environment.
Operations is in many ways the beating heart of ARYZTA. Our Operations teams liaise with all departments to ensure our production processes run to the most efficient standards.
Its main functions include production planning, warehousing and distribution of goods and services ensuring our products reach their destination in the most efficient way possible while still maintaining an extremely high level of customer service and satisfaction.
Opportunities in the Graduate Programme in this area lie within our UK & Ireland Bakeries and Continental Bakeries Centres of Responsibility.
This function enables us to store and distribute goods across our European network in an effective and efficient way.
As a Supply Chain graduate, you will play an essential role in collaborating with production, finance, purchasing and customer service, to ensure we meet our customers’ demands. You’ll assist with the management of the Supply Chain team, improving its effectiveness by implementing relevant supply chain principles and challenging current practices. You will also have the opportunity to work on projects to ensure best practice Supply Chain roll out, while contributing to further site wide challenges and other initiatives that have impact on Supply Chain across the business.
Typical activities you will be involved in include production planning, stock management and logistics and warehouse management.
Opportunities in this area are within our UK & Ireland Bakeries, Continental Bakeries and European Food Solutions Centres of Responsibility.
The Engineering team is responsible for ensuring that Projects are delivered safely, on time and on budget. As a graduate working in this area you will be exposed to everything that makes a global manufacturing business work.
Typical activities you may be involved with include developing front end feasibility studies, factory layout design, process engineering and project management support.
Opportunities in this area are within our UK & Ireland Bakeries and Continental Bakeries Centres of Responsibility.
Our IT department provides technology services to enable the business and support growth. Integrating all of the ARYZTA businesses and brands from a technological standpoint is a key focus for the IT team.
Their goal is to develop solutions that align the organization and enable the right technology for the businesses to collaborate and work effectively together.
The IT team manages business enterprise applications such as SAP, builds the underlying infrastructure to enable our technology platforms, and provides ongoing technical service desk support to ARYZTA employees.
Other areas under the IT function where you may be based on rotation include Data Governance and Business Intelligence.
The Procurement Team works to secure the ingredients and inputs we need to operate safely, efficiently and profitably across many markets both regionally and globally. The demands on the procurement team are far-reaching: researching and analysing markets, understanding and drawing out insights, price risk and new sources of supply, negotiating the best deals with suppliers for ARYZTA, or working closely with end users to simplify and standardise what and how we buy.
Graduates may experience several areas within this function. For Example:
Direct materials – work with our teams to develop deep understanding of the ingredients markets, for example flour, butter, sugar and cocoa.
Indirects – help us partner with our suppliers to support and expand the business by negotiating contracts with suppliers for everything from packaging and bakery equipment to electricity.
Capabilities – help us to continuously improve our performance through projects that deliver new ways of working and greater insight into our procurement performance.
Our finance functions deal with several key areas including planning, organizing, auditing and accounting for and controlling all of our finances. This area also has the vital function of producing the business financial reports and statements at the end of each year.
Upon completion of the 18 month programme, successful graduates are offered the opportunity to attain professional qualifications through the relevant professional bodies. We offer financial support and study leave for those pursuing these relevant financial qualifications.
Opportunities in this area are within our UK & Ireland Bakeries, Continental Bakeries and European Food Solutions Centres of Responsibility. There are also opportunities in our Central European Finance and Controlling Team based out of our offices in Dublin, Ireland.
At ARYZTA, we work closely with our customers in Retail, Foodservice, Industry and Quick Service Restaurants. Tailoring product concepts and pioneering new products and categories is key for our success. In the sales function you will get exposure to several areas for example, account management, product management, promotions, new product launches, sales support and planning for sustainable supply will be just some of your options.
After successful training graduates could move into career avenues such as Junior Key Account Manager, Product Manager, Sales Controlling. Sales is also a good starting point for moving into Supply Chain, Marketing and New Product Development.
Our marketing teams work in tandem to deliver branded customer experiences like no other. These vital teams constantly strive to improve our product offering and reach our customers in new and exciting ways through a host of mediums every day. Graduates within these areas will get real life experience in the ever changing and constantly challenging world of developing and delivering branded ‘turnkey’ business solutions to the European retail and foodservice markets. Graduates may gain exposure to brand management & communications, sales analysis and graphic design along with some all important customer facing sales experience.
New Product Development (NPD) is a vital component of the ARYZTA business. As our customers and consumers requirements change, we must be in a position to react quickly to these trends and have new products constantly in the development pipeline. The research, formulation and development of these new products within time, cost and processing requirements is critical to the success of our business.
As part of an NPD team, Graduates will gain an understanding of our ingredients in order to create innovative concepts for our customers. Graduates have the opportunity to assist in several key areas of this process including – design and development of products, product and packaging specifications and assisting in the preparation and presentation of samples for customer presentations. Having created products in the Development Bakery, graduates will gain an understanding of how the products are transferred into a full production environment.
At ARYZTA, our quality managers aim to ensure that our products are consistent and meet both external and internal requirements. This includes legal compliance and customer expectations.
Quality managers also monitor and advise on the performance of the quality management system, produce data and report on performance, measuring against set standards. As a graduate working in this area, you are likely to gain experience in devising quality procedures, reviewing customer data and requirements, working with purchasing on safety standards, preparing safety documentation and charters.
Food technologists at ARYZTA are part of the team that ensures food products are produced safely, legally and are of the required quality claimed. At ARYZTA, our food technologists are involved in developing and improving the manufacturing processes and recipes of our food products. You may be part of the team that works on existing and/or newly discovered ingredients and technologies to develop new recipes or improve existing ones. Activities will be a mix of office and factory based, working within the existing Site Technical Team and may include, working with suppliers to ensure ingredients are correct, preparing for product launches, ensuring QA standards are met, checking product quality standards against specifications, following up complaints with suppliers, collating and reporting on specific KPI’s, liaising with customers on specific issues etc.
Opportunities in both Quality Assurance and Technical Services are within our UK & Ireland Bakeries, Continental Bakeries and European Food Solutions Centres of Responsibility.
As part of the HR team at ARYZTA, you will be involved in key areas such as recruitment, training, career development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, etc.
As a global business, our HR team plays a significant strategic role in ARYZTA business. Specific activities may include developing HR planning strategies, examining and applying legislation, completing training needs analysis etc. For our graduates, ARYZTA offers a wide and varied career within the HR arena.
Opportunities in this area are within our UK & Ireland Bakeries, Continental Bakeries Centres of Responsibility. There are also opportunities in our Central European HR Team based out of our offices in Dublin, Ireland.
ARYZTA Group Internal Audit engage in three primary activities – audits, management advisory services, and investigations.
Our focus is to actively work with management assisting them to address strategic, financial, operational, IT and compliance risks and exposures.
ARYZTA GIA review key business processes and use the knowledge gained from working across a range of business units to benchmark best practices. Upon completion of a review we work in an advisory role with senior management providing recommendations for process improvements both to reduce the risk and to increase efficiency in-line with these practices.
Because of our unique role, GIA team members gain exposure to every part and every level of the organisation, creating a springboard from which to build and develop a rewarding career.
As a graduate working in the GIA team, you will gain experience of risk management, compliance, internal controls and anti-fraud programmes, amongst others.
As this is a central function, opportunities will be based out of our offices in Dublin, Ireland with travel dictated by project work.
Meet Our Graduates
Gary O’ Brien, 2014 Graduate Programme
I have been based in Grange Castle in the Commercial Finance team since starting as a graduate in 2014. During this time, I have gained great insight into how the business operates from both a commercial and financial perspective.
While in the programme, my mentor challenged and set targets for my development. This enabled me to adapt to various changes within the business and take on responsibilities which took me out of my comfort zone.
The first project I was involved in was analysing promotions we offer to major customers to see if they were financially. My role involved the day to day activities within Commercial Finance. This allowed me to produce similar reports on certain areas of our foods business such as our Coup de Pates range and Chilled product range. These reports are now being analysed by our UK market as they intend to adapt similar reports on their regions.
I have recently been given the responsibility of analysing the viability of our tender agreements and pricing for our Food-service customers in addition to being heavily involved in the FY17 Product Budget for AFS Ireland. I am constantly learning and networking within the business and identifying ways in which I can improve the opportunities that are available to me.
Chiara Giullani, 2014 Graduate Programme
During my graduate programme I was located in Eisleben, our main production site in the EU. Here I worked in the European Central IT Infrastructure team. I have had opportunities to travel and visit other ARYZTA locations for meetings and IT Audits.
I have been mostly operating as Project Lead for important IT Modernisation streams (NEMA, FSB Spain, ARYZTA Nordic). This was great opportunity for me to learn about the IT Services.
My biggest achievement was managing the migration of NEMA’s 1600 users and 6 plants, estimating costs, ordering equipment, managing finances and coordinating a team of 6 Tech Leads. During these months, I travelled often to FSB Spain and ARYZTA Nordic (Sweden) to coordinate the phases of the EU Modernisation with the Managing Directors and the Plant Managers. For these smaller streams I was responsible for the design.
I have attended monthly review meeting with the EU IT Director and VP IT Infrastructure ARYZTA North America, and dealt with users’ cultural challenges. Communication between management and users has been critical for success. This project was very challenging and its completion gave me great satisfaction. I work with an extraordinary team, who I can challenge and who always support me. I find it very motivating that in ARYZTA you must always give your best and there are no limits to what you can achieve.
Simon Omsels, 2016 Graduate Programme
I am based in Freiburg, Germany and work within the Supply Chain at Aryzta.
My role is to control the demand module in SAP and ensure that this part of the Supply Chain runs efficiently and effectively. From the beginning I got the chance to lead projects and present them to senior leaders. The graduate programme has given me many opportunities to travel to different cities and network with others in the business worldwide.If you want to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment then Aryzta is definitely the place for you!
Adam Chiovini, 2016 Graduate Programme
My name is Adam, I am an Environmental Engineer in Hungary. I’ve been in the business for seven years. My most recent project to date was getting to introduce and develop an energy management system in Hungary and Romania.
Aryzta gives you the opportunity to learn and grow and the graduate programme allows you to meet graduates based in other countries and make strong relationships with each other.I love what I am doing, I love my company, and the best advice I could give to anyone is to never quit, work hard and think outside the box!
Tina Hubner, 2016 Graduate Programme
I am a Marketing graduate based in Zurich, Switzerland.
One of my biggest projects to date was creating a Customer Satisfaction Survey, which I produced to all our customers and then presented the results to the Managing Director. It is extremely rewarding and encouraging getting to work on projects like this yourself.
The skills I think are required to be successful are to be open- minded, hard- working and just be yourself!
Janina Mahlmeister, 2016 Graduate Programme
I’m Janina and I am the Human Resources Graduate based in Eisleben, Germany.
My main role is to work on internal communications within the business.
I applied to Aryzta because I wanted to work in an international company and was always interested in the food industry. The graduate programme has been excellent because I get to continue to learn & develop at the Irish Management Institute throughout the 18 months, and network with other graduates.
I would advise future grads to be resilient, flexible, work hard and think outside the box!
Aoife Mitchell, 2016 Graduate Programme
Hi, my name is Aoife and I am the Technical Quality Graduate based in Grange Castle in Dublin. I am part of the central technical quality team who gives technical support to our sites around Europe. This includes working closely with product development & commercial teams and customers too. I also deal with sample submissions, specifications, complaints & product reviews both in store and in our bakery.
I have found working with Aryzta such a positive learning experience. As an international, fast paced company you are entering into a business environment that offers so much learning, change & innovation. I have learned so much especially working with sites & people all over Europe. As a graduate you are both guided and encouraged every day and are very much integrated into the business.
Jennifer Campbell, 2016 Graduate Programme
Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am currently one of ARYZTA Quality Graduates based in Dublin Ireland. My role working as part of the quality team is fast-paced, diverse and rewarding. Some of my many responsibilities include monitoring product and supplier performance, regularly reviewing our products to ensure the required standards are being met, conducting internal audits within our storage warehouse and creating quality procedures.
I began the ARYZTA European Graduate Programme in September 2016 and I can honestly say this programme has been an excellent support for me while beginning my career in the food industry. Every day brings new responsibility, stretching my capabilities and providing endless opportunities to learn and grow professionally.
Carmen Ruane, 2016 Graduate Programme
I am on the internal audit team based in Grange Castle, Dublin. My role consists of carrying out audits within the company globally in the different legal entities of ARYZTA and the functions within this. Auditing is carried out in three main stages: the planning, fieldwork & testing and reporting. It is internally looking at wider findings within the company, the risks associated and putting an action plan in place.I applied to the European Graduate Programme because I wanted to work for a plc and be given the opportunity to travel. I also love languages and Aryzta really gives you the chance to utilise this.
So far I have had to carry out audits in our businesses in Poland, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Singapore. My biggest project to date was getting the opportunity to carry out an audit in our Australian business. The most challenging part of this was to carry out the whole audit in Australia in just two weeks! It was an extremely rewarding and satisfying experience.
The Graduate Programme has given me huge support over the 18 months. I have received external formal coaching sessions from the IMI but also informal coaching sessions internally. We also get the chance to network with the other graduates by working on a project together, which we will present to the Managing Director. My own team has supported and guided me throughout my journey and I have real responsibility within the Audit team now. It really is the perfect start to your career if you are looking for a real job role with learning and development throughout.
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