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.
We are now accepting applications for our 2015/16 Management Development Programme. To begin your application please select the assessment centre location that you wish to attend. Full details of our assessment centre dates can be found further down this page.
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.
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.
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.
Day 1 - Induction
Welcome to the team! We'll get you started in a branch and introduce you to your mentor, a member of our senior operations team who will oversee your development throughout the programme by meeting with you every 6 weeks for a review.
Weeks 1 to 5 - Retail Assistant
During this time you will work hard to get to grips with the core operations within one of our busy branches. You will be expected to become a valued member of the branch team, working efficiently and to a high standard.
Weeks 6 to 8 - Distribution
You'll spend three weeks working in one of our four distribution centres doing everything from picking orders for stores, stock checking and administration.
Weeks 9 to 13 - Duty Manager
Now it is time for you to take on real responsibility and learn to become a Duty Manager responsible for running a shift in one of our branches. You will need to work hard, show initiative and act with completely integrity at all times. Your team will now be looking to you.
Week 14 - Holiday
Relax and enjoy a weeks holiday and return refreshed and energised to move on to the next stage in the programme.
Week 15 - Branch Auditor
Spend a week out on the road with one of our branch audit team. You'll visit 4 different branches this week and carry out a full audit on everything from customer service to product availability and cash handling.
Weeks 16 to 22 - Duty Manager
It's back into a new branch as a fully trained Duty Manager. Your new Branch Manager will expect you to work hard and efficiently and take responsibility for leading the branch team in their absence.
Weeks 23 & 24 - Holiday
Enjoy another two weeks holiday
Week 25 - Central Services
There is a lot on this week, you'll spend time in one of our central offices in Birmingham and get a taste of what it is like to be part of our Customer Service, Buying, Marketing, Branch Returns, Payroll and Property teams.
Weeks 26 to 37 - Duty Manager
Return to your branch for the final part of your time as a Duty Manager.
Week 38 - Holiday
Relax on another weeks holiday.
Weeks 39 to 51 - Branch Manager
The majority of your training is now over. You will be given your branch, a multi-million pound business, with a team of up to 40 people to run for an entire quarter. You will be set challenging targets to achieve and must work hard to run an efficient branch and show that you are an effective manager.
Your review & sign off meeting lets you reflect on the year. After this meeting you will be assigned a permanent branch manager position and you will discuss opportunities for your future career with Farmfoods. After completing our management development programme you are uniquely placed to succeed wherever your ambitions lie. Week 52 is your final holiday week.
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.
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:
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.
There are four 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.
Before you apply please ensure you are available to attend one of our assessment centres below, should you reach this stage of the application process. You will be asked to select which assessment centre you would prefer to attend before you start your application.
Wednesday 23rd March, 9am-4pm
Wednesday 30th March, 9am-4pm
Thursday 31st March, 9am-4pm
Tuesday 5th April, 9am-4pm
Thursday 6th April, 9am-4pm
Friday 7th April, 9am-4pm
Wednesday 13th April, 9am-4pm
Thursday 14th April, 9am-4pm
You will find the answers to some common questions below:
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.
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