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Management Development Services (MDS) Ltd

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Graduate Scheme Job in Downham Market


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Downham Market 



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per year


Graduate Scheme





Job Description:

Are you a future leader of the food and fresh produce industry? Do you want to work for the likes of PepsiCo, Barfoots, G's Fresh, Aldi and British Sugar? If so, you could take your first steps towards becoming an industry manager with the MDS graduate scheme. We place grads in four different roles in four businesses over two years, giving you a 360 view of the food & fresh produce supply chain and kick starting your career. You'll receive management training and will be thrown in at the deep end in varied and challenging roles and the learning curve will be steep. In return, you'll be making a real difference in the businesses you work within and gaining the skills and experience needed to accelerate your career in the industry once you finish the scheme. What's more, you'll be supported every step of the way by a business that has been operating this graduate scheme on behalf of 40+ key industry players for over 30 years. If you think you've got what it takes, find out more about the scheme and apply on our website (details below). What we offer
  • Two year graduate scheme involving 4 different placements in 4 different businesses
  • Valuable experience within a fast-paced and innovative industry
  • Roles with real responsibility
  • Opportunity to relocate to roles overseas
  • Off the job training leading to Leadership and Management Qualification accredited by the CMI
  • Access to an extensive network of companies and industry contacts
  • Coaching from MDS staff and secondment managers at all placements
  • Continued support throughout the programme
  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent and diverse career prospects. Account Executive, Farm Manager, Agronomist, Operations Manager, Technical Manager or Procurement Manager: the opportunities are endless.
Who are our Members? We work with over 40 member companies, ranging from retailers to suppliers and also businesses associated to the supply chain (e.g. crop protection & market research). These include:
  • Aldi
  • G's Fresh
  • Greenyard Fresh
  • Finsbury Food Group
  • Pepsico
  • Syngenta
  • Berry Gardens
  • Double H
  • Barfoots of Botley
... and many many more. To find out more, visit the members section of our website. Post-MDS Prospects MDS Alumni can be found all over the industry, from growers, retailers and crop protection businesses to market research and software providers. Roles are as varied as the industry itself, but MDS is a fast track to senior management roles and there are examples of alumni that have set up their own businesses, are MD's and CEO's, senior managers of departments. Company benefits
  • Competitive salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • Outstanding training and experience
More about the Industry Ever wondered how your chips made it to your plate? Or how blueberries are transported half way across the world to end up on supermarket shelves? The food & fresh produce industry is the driving force behind these supply chains. Often overshadowed by supermarkets and food manufacturers, the food and fresh produce industry is like the behind the scenes production team of a Hollywood film: you know it is there but what it actually does is a mystery to many. The truth is that it is varied, wide-reaching and, most importantly, absolutely fundamental to the survival of modern societies. The industry is a buzzing assortment of procurement, new product development, agronomy, finance, engineering, production, commercial and many, many more opportunities. The MDS graduate scheme is the gateway to this exciting industry. Person requirements
  • Strong interpersonal skills who are capable of inspiring and leading others
  • Resilient and flexible candidates who are prepared to relocate every six months
  • A passion for pursuing a career in the food and fresh produce industry
  • Highly motivated individuals with a thirst for the challenge of a rapidly evolving industry
Qualifications and experience requirements
  • A 2.1 degree or above, 2.2 may be considered
  • All degree disciplines considered
  • Land-based, food related, life sciences, business management, marketing or language degrees preferred
  • No specific experience is required as we are more interested in your potential to develop into the leaders of tomorrow
Application process There are 3 stages to the application process: Online application Telephone interview Assessment centre Intakes are in October and April each year. Apply early to avoid disappointment. Company Description MDS is a not for profit whose mission is to identify and develop the future leaders of the food & fresh produce industry. Set up over 30 years ago by a small group of forward-thinking growers who were worried about the lack of skilled managers in the industry, the organisation has now grown to a membership organisation of over 40 businesses. MDS runs a graduate scheme on behalf of these members, rotating graduates around the businesses in varied roles to give them a broad view of the whole supply chain and at the same time providing them with management training. For graduates, this provides a unique opportunity to experience different businesses and sectors, making them more rounded, flexible and resilient future managers. For businesses, the scheme provides a regular stream of talent with the potential to progress into leadership positions.