Management Development Programme

Farmfoods is a friendly, family run business with a real passion for our products, our customers and our people. We are looking for committed, highly motivated and driven people to join our unique management development programme.

If you're a hard working, dedicated, and passionate person, the type of person who is determined to succeed and who thrives on responsibility then joining our team might be your perfect career choice. Apply and prove it to us through the application process.

Working in our fast paced environment is extremely challenging and it is not for the faint hearted, the days can be long and demanding. We operate 7 days a week, 363 days a year and you will often be required to work early in the morning, late in the evenings and at weekends. Retail is exciting and great fun but is not for everyone and you should decide before applying if it is for you.

The Farmfoods Management Development Programme is your opportunity to join our growing business. We are looking for our leaders of the future and this could be the start to an exciting and challenging career in retail with great opportunities for people who demonstrate the qualities outlined above.

Applications Closed

We have now closed for applications for our 2015/16 programme. Applications will open again for 2016/17 on the 1st October 2015. Please check back to apply then.

You can also visit us at the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 2015 at stand B20.

Our Story

We are a family business with ambition. We pride ourselves on offering our customers great value, quality products from clean and tidy stores with the friendliest team in retail.

When we started out we were a butcher and meat processing business supplying meat products to the catering trade and to the public from our own shops. By the 1970’s we had expanded and we had stopped selling to the trade to focus on selling only to the public. This is what we still do today.

In 1978 we bought and opened our warehouse on the site we still occupy in Cumbernauld, Scotland. This allowed us to buy in bulk and discount our prices, attracting more and more customers. From this base we have expanded steadily.

Today we are a national business selling a range of over 1,500 great quality products to millions of customers each week. We have over 320 branches spread throughout the UK from Invergordon in the North of Scotland to Plymouth in the South of England.

The Programme

During our 12 month programme you will experience almost every part of our business. You will have all of the support and training you need but you will find the job demanding, requiring excellent organisational skills and an ability to work efficiently.

After 9 months you will have acquired the necessary knowledge and management skills to enable you to take on the challenge of running one of our branches. This, the climax of the year, will see you running your own business for three months, managing a team of up to 40 people. You will have to draw on all of the knowledge and experience gained to date and you will have to work effectively, adopting a positive attitude as you motivate your team to overcome the daily challenges of running a successful business.

Once you have this experience successfully under your belt you will be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and management experience to take on a permanent role managing one of our branches and at your final review & sign off meeting towards the end of the programme you will discuss opportunities for progressing your career with us. Whether for you that means into larger branches, multi-site management, training, distribution, administration, commercial or any of the many other opportunities within Farmfoods you can be sure that the skills you have gained during your training will leave you well equipped to succeed.

Why Us

We are a growing business who recognise the value of developing our people into leaders of the future. Our Management Development Programme is different, it is designed to give you a thorough grounding in retail and a sound understanding of our business.

Following your successful completion of the programme you will be assigned a permanent branch manager position. You will also be able to discuss opportunities for your future career with Farmfoods. Where you go after the programme is down to your own ability, personality and determination. There are permanent and secondment opportunities regularly available across our business from progressing to larger branch management, multi site management, distribution, administration, commercial and more. These opportunities require different abilities and skills and are always competitive but after completing our management development programme you are uniquely placed to succeed wherever your ambitions lie.

From day one you are trusted, and respected as part of the team. Whatever your role, your contribution matters and in our fast paced business you can really make a difference.

Benefits

  • £22,000 starting salary
  • Full time, permanent position
  • Fantastic e-learning retail training programme
  • Comprehensive training in leadership and management
  • 30 days holiday
  • 15% discount on our great range of food
  • Opportunities for career progression

About You

We are looking for committed, highly motivated and driven people to join our management development programme. If you're the type of person who is determined to succeed and who thrives on responsibility and hard work then the Farmfoods Management Development Programme might be your perfect career choice. To be eligible to apply you must have:

  • A 2:2 Degree in any discipline
  • A Full UK Driving Licence
  • The full and unrestricted right to work in the UK
  • A hardworking, friendly personality

or

  • A minimum of 1 year's management experience in a similar customer facing environment
  • GCSE (or equivalent) Maths & English grade C or above.
  • A Full UK Driving Licence
  • The full and unrestricted right to work in the UK
  • A hardworking, friendly personality

If you meet these requirements we would love to hear from you. We don't mind if you have never worked in retail before, as long as you are friendly and hard working.

Application Process

There are three stages to our recruitment process each of which is designed to get the best out of you and to help us find the best people for our team.

FAQ

You will find the answers to some common questions below:

  • Applications for our 2015/16 programme have now closed. Applications for our 2016/17 programme will open on 1st October 2015.
  • The Farmfoods Management Development Programme is open to both graduates with or expecting to achieve a 2:2 or above in any specialism and non graduates with relevant management experience. Full details of our requirements can be found further up on this page.
  • You should also hold a full UK driving licence and have the right to work in the UK. Proof of both of these will be requested.
  • Stage One – Application Form

    The online application form consists of a number of short questions which enable us to get know a bit more about you and also to help you decide if we are the right company for you.

    Stage Two – Telephone Interview

    If your online application is successful you will be contacted to arrange a telephone interview. This will be a short interview to help us get to know you a bit better.

    Stage Three – Assessment Centre

    If you are successful at stage two you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. This is the final stage of the recruitment process and will last for a whole day. It will consist of a series of group tasks and a final interview with member of the Farmfoods management team.

  • Assessment centres will be held in a number of major cities locations across the country, details of which will be provided during the application process.
  • The Farmfoods Management Development Programme lasts for 12 months
  • Full training and support will be provided throughout the programme and you will complete our comprehensive e-learning training courses. In addition you will also complete our 12 month comprehensive training programme in leadership and management. This will cover many different theory and practical aspects of business management including; communication, leadership, handling personnel matters and decision making. Your success on this course is a condition of your continued employment with Farmfoods.
  • At the end of the programme you will have a final review with members of the senior management team. Upon successful completion you will be assigned a permanent branch to make your own.
  • You will be offered a permanent position with us providing you have passed the criteria set out for the programme, for example the successful completion of your training and satisfactorily completing your regular reviews. Your final review will take place in August at the end of the programme. For the right people Farmfoods is a job for life.
  • Following your successful completion of the programme you will be assigned a permanent branch manager position. You will also be able to discuss opportunities for your future career with Farmfoods. Where you go after the programme is down to your own ability, personality and determination. There are permanent and secondment opportunities regularly available across our business from progressing to larger branch management, multi site management, distribution, administration, commercial and more. These opportunities require different abilities and skills and are always competitive but after completing our management development programme you are uniquely placed to succeed wherever your ambitions lie.
  • You will work 45 hours per week across 5 days. Retail is definitely not a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 job, so if this is what you are looking for you need not apply. Our teams work hard and nobody knocks off early. At Farmfoods we expect to go home a little tired, but pleased with a day’s work well done.
  • You will receive full support and training throughout your time on our programme including e-learning, a residential training course and on the job training.

    You will also have your own mentor who will perform regular reviews with you to ensure you are progressing well, and who you can contact at any time should you have any concerns or questions.
  • For the 2016/17 programme we are looking to recruit up to 50 people.
  • You will not find another programme that better balances training, responsibility and the buzz of a fast paced job. Add to that a guaranteed secure job (following successful completion) at a national company with great opportunities and family values and we believe the Farmfoods Management Development Programme is truly first in class.
  • Shortly after you apply you should receive an email thanking you for submitting your application and confirming that it has been received.
  • We are unfortunately unable to provide feedback at the application form stage due to the high volume of online applications we receive. However, we are happy to provide feedback following the assessment centre if you request it.
  • Absolutely, you are welcome to apply again once our applications open for next year’s intake. Just make sure you take on board any feedback provided.
  • Of course, we have no age limits on our programme.
  • Of course, further details on how to apply internally will be supplied when applications for our 2016/17 programme open in October 2015.

Get In Touch

If you have any other questions about our programme we would love to hear from you. Use the form below to get in touch, find us on Facebook or just email mdp@farmfoods.co.uk.