Planning Graduate Programme (J002507)

Full Time
Date added: Wednesday 23 March 2022

JOB TITLE: Planning Graduate Programme – J002507
COMPANY: Avara Foods
LOCATION: Telford (Shropshire) or Hereford
SALARY: £28,000 (reviewed every 6 months throughout the programme) plus generous benefits and training package

Are you analytical and good at scheduling? Looking for a new challenge to kickstart your career?

As an inclusive, forward-thinking business, we take pride in our approach to Planning across Avara Foods and are looking for a highly competent and motivated Planning Graduate to be part of a high-performance team. You will be a key part of our site Operations team, based at our advanced manufacturing sites located in either Telford (Shropshire) or Hereford.

Purpose of the role

As a Planning Graduate your primary objective will be to maintain an effective and efficient process to provide quality, fresh and convenient products for our customers. You will be responsible for scheduling the portioning operations over multiple lines, this role also provides live control of our production lines and close coordination with other functions.

Your key responsibilities as a Planning Graduate will include:

• Developing an in-depth knowledge of planning and scheduling processes
• Getting involved in site & planning projects to develop your project management skills, whilst working with key cross functional stakeholders
• Growing and developing your people skills by leading and influencing those around you
• Communicating with all levels, including our customers and key stakeholders to always ensure transparent communication
• Create and maintain packing schedules for each shift, ensuring production targets are met and raw material and labour are optimised
• Provide production managers with clear goals, monitoring progress and escalating potential variances
• Maintain agreed service levels with internal and external customers
• Act as a live intradepartmental communication hub.

This role will be varied and at times challenging and is based within the factory and office environments.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a driven and ambitious Planning Graduate to join our team. To be successful you will:
• Have achieved a 2:2 degree (or higher), a bias in a Supply Chain, Maths, or Business or Operations Management Degree is desirable, and CCC (or higher) at A-Level
• Strong Maths and Excel skills
• Have an inquisitive and forward-thinking mindset, always looking to learn and develop
• Demonstrate a passion for continuous improvement and lean principles
• The ability to communicate confidently and effectively across all levels of the business
• Be confident in building effective working relationships and working as part of a team
• Be able to pick up and deliver projects, with the ability to work unsupervised
• Have a flexible approach and responsible attitude to work and driving development

What’s in it for you on an Avara Foods Graduate Programme?

As a Planning Graduate at Avara Foods, we want you to feel supported and inspired to be the best version of yourself. With a real job and responsibility from day one, the graduate programme framework ensures that you are given equal opportunity to learn all the necessary technical skills in your chosen field and provide you with practical business experience, as well as being personally tailored to you and your development plan.

When you complete the programme, you’ll have built a broad range of experience in a variety of roles to equip you with all the tools and skills needed to progress your career with Avara. Though we offer many opportunities throughout the programme, it is your commitment, determination and resilience that will help to ensure you succeed.

You can also look forward to benefits that amongst other things include the following:

• £28,000 starting salary with a review every 6 months on your programme
• Fully funded professional qualifications and training in line with career aspirations and your role
• Relocation Allowance – we will support you if you rotate or move around for the duration of your programme
• 5% employer contribution towards Pension
• 31 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays
• Lifestyle benefits such as exclusive perks and discounted shopping vouchers, wellbeing support and discounted gym membership

We have a duty of care to our employees/colleagues and wouldn’t want you to spend a large amount of time commuting, so we require our graduates to be based within a reasonable radius of their placement location. Relocation support is available.

A little about us

Avara Foods is one of the UK’s largest food businesses, supplying chicken and turkey to the nation’s most popular supermarkets and restaurants. We are a fully integrated business controlling the whole product supply chain, which include feed mills, farms, hatcheries and factories with associated transport and logistics functions that employ more than 7000 people. This is achieved by investing in people, utilising the latest technology and being uncompromising in our commitment to high quality and food standards.

All our operational facilities are Covid secure, with protective measures and precautions in place to keep our people safe.

Assessment Process

We work closely with our Graduate Recruitment Partners who will follow up the next stages in your application. Our assessment process includes an assessment day which we will host on one of our operational sites.

You’ll need to have the permanent right to stay and work in the UK.

If you’re ready to work in a dynamic environment alongside talented people who take pride in delivering great results, apply via the link below:

Planning Graduate in United Kingdom – Avara Foods

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer.


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