All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Associated British Foods (Grocery) employees based on 154 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.7/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.7/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.7/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.3/5
 
Company Culture:
3.7/5
 
Career Progression:
3.8/5
 
Colleagues:
3.9/5
 
Training:
3.9/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.5/5
 

Associated British Foods is a diversified international food, ingredients & retail group with sales in excess of £13bn, over 130,000 employees and a presence in 50 countries.

We recruit 18-25 graduates each year into our Grocery division, which comprises eight consumer-facing businesses that manufacture and market a variety of well-known brands both nationally and internationally. The businesses have developed an enviable portfolio of leading grocery brands, such as Jordans cereals, Patak’s curry pastes, Kingsmill bread, Ryvita crispbread, Silver Spoon sugar, Twinings tea and many more! We’ve also recently acquired two fantastic sports nutrition brands; High 5 and Reflex Nutrition, further broadening the categories in which we operate.

ABF focuses on giving people real responsibility and growing profit whilst operating in a friendly and down to earth way. Our graduate schemes are designed to give you relevant experience and the stretch to become one of our future leaders. You’ll get a real job on day one with training, development and support to help you flourish. We encourage networking and the building of cross-functional as well as cross-business relationships and there are plenty of opportunities to maximise your career growth by experiencing different brands, categories, processes, and even continents!

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Variety, working with lots of different sites and teams
Lots of opportunities
Working with people who are open to ideas and improvements

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Interesting and challenging work
Great work -life balance
Good colleagues
Interesting brands and business
Development opportunities
Progression

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Real responsibility from day one and feel like a valued team member
Great networking and career progression opportunities

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement Job Title: Category buyer- IT/Telco

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Level of autonomy and responsibility I have, exposure to different people and businesses.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Suppy Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Great supportive colleagues and working environment
- Real job with real responsibility
- Challenging but supportive
- Lots of opportunities

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: Category Executive

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The graduate training is excellent and covers a really broad range of areas. You get a great breadth of experience, with the opportunity to experience two difference businesses (and hence two cultures), as well as two different functions.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: National Account Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Lots of responsibility.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Lots of different projects so always doing different things. Get to really think things through and then activate e.g. brand plans. Lots of opportunity for analysis and creativity.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I am provided with real responsibility and interesting projects to work on which give me the opportunity to make a real impact. I also receive regular and extremely useful training.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Twinings Tea Buying Job Title: Assistant Tea Buyer & Blender

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Travel

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Opportunities to move location and be able to move into different roles.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Manufacturing Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

There is lots of training - I've learned a lot at different training events, including leadership, time management and how to conduct projects.
Everyone is extremely welcoming and willing to help. The scheme is effectively what you make of it - you can pitch potential projects/ideas and more often than not you will be supported through.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Production Planning Job Title: Planning and Inventory Controller

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Grads at ABF are given SO much responsibility and are really accepted into the culture (there's no "eugh another grad" mentalities).
I have been given so many training opportunities both function specific and more broadly (everything from time management to operational line management, assertiveness and presentation skills).
I am able to be a part of 3 different departments, and interact with many more during my scheme and so am able to get a big picture of the company and how it works.

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing Department: Logistics Job Title: Supply chain graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

-Great opportunities for exposure

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement Job Title: Buyer

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The variety of the role and the responsibility you get. The variety of departments you get to work with.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate/Assistant Brand Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Responsibility
Training provided
Company ethics and working enviroment are great

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing Department: Food Manufacturing Job Title: Shift Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I get to work with a great team of people and watch them develop and grow. I am privy to a lot of high level information which makes me feel important & trusted.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement Job Title: Graduate Buyer

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Best thing is probably the sheer amount of variety you encounter. You may have a meeting with a sales rep talking about ingredients in the morning, then the rest of the day you could be working on your supply chain maps - mapping out where in the world your ingredient comes from and what processes it undergoes along the way.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement Job Title: Procurement Manager - Packaging

What are the best and worst things about your job?

supportive culture

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Technical

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Fast paced
Constantly changing
Learn something new all the time
Great team work
Fantastic network

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement Job Title: Sustainability Lead

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Ability to make it on my own and not be micromanaged. Supportive managers.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Shift Performance Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Responsibility given, variety of tasks and roles, support network that you receive coming into the business.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Working with lots of different departments and parties.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: Regional Acconnt Manager for Europe

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Travel
Level of trust given
Level of responsibility given
Flexibility

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement & Sourcing Job Title: Food, Chemicals & Ingredients Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Supplier negotiation.
Supplier relationship management.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Great colleagues
Interesting brands - including non-mainstream products areas e.g. Ethnic foods at Westmill
Friendly, relaxed culture
Openness of Leadership team
Working culture - flexible, balanced

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing Department: NPD Job Title: New Product Technologist

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: HR Job Title: HR Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: Coop Supply Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Fast Paced
Challenging
Every day is different

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Variety of opportunities and challenges.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

This is a fast-track learning and development scheme. In 5 months I have already completed a placement in Technical Assurance and I am coming to the end of my placement in the ATC lab. I have learnt so much in such a short space of time and had exposure to a lot of different Technical skills. The scheme is well structured but it is up to me to make the most of my time in each department by asking to experience as much as possible. The culture at ABF is very open and everyone is really willing to help as much as possible which is great for a Graduate.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Centre Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The diversity of each day's work and the ability to work on high profile tasks, which helps improve your network and credibility within the company.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: National Account Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I am gaining a huge variety of experiences.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Engineering Job Title: Graduate Engineer

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Thrown in at the deep end really increases your confidence.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement Job Title: Procurement Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Flexible working. High level of responsibility given from day one. Fantastic support network including knowledgeable managers and company directors, mentors and graduate trainer. The exposure to all the grocery companies. An amazing training scheme for graduates including quarterly development training. Expenses paid for including driving and hotel stays where required. A good starting wage for graduates.

There is a high standard of career progression opportunities and the company takes on board your preferences and aligns roles where possible to you, alongside business requirements. From a procurement perspective you build crucial skills very quickly and learn the fundamentals needed for the role, which gives you a solid foundation for your future career. The graduate scheme is really valued in the company and graduates are looked after and supported in every way possible.

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing Department: Engineering Job Title: Project Engineer

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I get to travel around to loads of different sites and learn about the different challenges each business and site faces.
You also get to build up a fantastic network of people across the whole of the grocery group.
The work you are given is real work that makes a genuine difference from day one.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Technical Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Varied work.
Support there to challenge yourself.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: National Account Executive

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people and support network.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: HR Job Title: Graduate Talent Officer

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The team and people who I work with across all of ABF make coming to work fantastic. Seeing the commitment the company puts into their Grads and the rest of their staff to ensure progress is happening where people are working hard and have ability.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: Trade Marketing Manager

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Lots of flexibility and no two days are the same.
- Great people to work with - very diverse staff.
- Fantastic products and people who are passionate about them.
- Strong management with clear strategic direction.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Sales Job Title: Customer Development Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people in each business, they are like a family!

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Loads of responsibility from day one. Not treated like an intern.
Great support network and tracking of my career progression.

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Supply chain/Operations Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Operations Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Procurement Job Title: Graduate Buyer

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Sales Job Title: Shopper Marketing Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Sales Job Title: Customer Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Logistics/Planning Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Sales Job Title: Account Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Category Job Title: Category Executive

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Operations Job Title: Operations and Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering Graduate Trainee Department: Engineering Job Title: Graduate Engineer

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Customer Development Scheme Job Title: Customer Executive

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Sales Job Title: Customer Executive

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Category Exec.

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Marketing Job Title: Brand Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Procurement Job Title: Procurement Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Procurement & Sourcing Job Title: Food, Chemicals & Ingredients Buyer

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: R&D Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Technical Job Title: Quality and Technical Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Product Development and R&D Department: Technical Job Title: NPD Technologist

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Sales Support & Development

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Executive

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Department: Condiments team Job Title: Marketing graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Customer Development Job Title: Business Development Manager

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering Graduate Trainee Job Title: Craft Engineer

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Arts & Media, Market Research Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Sales Job Title: Sales

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering Graduate Trainee Job Title: Maintenance Planner

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Twinings, Commodities Job Title: Assistant Buyer & Blender

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Accounts Team Job Title: National Account Executive

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Category Job Title: Category Exec

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Arts & Media, Brand Management Department: Ryvita Job Title: Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Job Title: National Account & Online Executive

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Continuous Improvement Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering Graduate Trainee Department: Central Engineering Job Title: Project Engineer

Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution, Supply Chain Department: Operations Job Title: CI Project Mananger

Industry: Arts & Media, Brand Management Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Sales Team - Wales and South West Job Title: Territory Manager

Industry: Buying and Selling, Sales Department: Retail Field Sales Team Job Title: Business Development Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Territory Management Job Title: Territory Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Sales Job Title: National Account Executive

Industry: Buying and Selling, Sales Department: Sales Job Title: Territory Manager

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Job Title: International Marketing

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Production Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Logistics Job Title: Operations Management Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Sales Job Title: Category Executive

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Arts & Media, Brand Management Job Title: Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain graduate

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Oxfordshire Job Title: Territory Manager

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive

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Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate/Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Manufacturing Job Title: Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee Department: Silver Spoon Job Title: Graduate Engineer

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Management Graduate Trainee - Operations

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Technical Job Title: Technical Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Management Graduate Trainee - Operations

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Technical Job Title: Quality Assurance Leader

Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution, Supply Chain Department: Planning Job Title: Production planner

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Manufacturing Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Manufacturing Job Title: Operational Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Silver Spoon Job Title: Supply Chain Management Graduate

Department: International Business Development Job Title: International Business Development Assistant

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Buying & Procurement Job Title: Packaging Buyer

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: International Sales Job Title: International Executive

Industry: Buying and Selling, Sales Job Title: Customer Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Territory Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Brand Management Job Title: Graduate Marketing Assistant

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Supply Chain & Procurement Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Team Leaders Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Allied Technical Centre Job Title: Technical Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Jordans Ryvita Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Silver Spoon Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Silver Spoon Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Allied Bakeries Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Westmill Foods Job Title: Supply Chain Graduate

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Allied Bakeries Job Title: Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Allied Bakeries Job Title: Graduate Management Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: Westmill Foods Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Sales Department: Allied Bakeries Job Title: Territory Manager (Sales)

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Supply Chain Department: AB World Foods Job Title: Project Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG, Account Manager Department: Sales (Multiples), AB World Foods Job Title: National Account Manager

Industry: Consumer Goods and FMCG Department: Procurement

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The amount of responsibility I get with the different projects I work on whilst also having a huge level of support from my line manager and formal training opportunities.

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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic, interested, honest.

Interview Advice:

A whole day of interviews and assessments, so eat a big breakfast.

Technical Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Experience in Marketing is not necessary and shouldn't put you off applying but you should be able to explain why you are keen to pursue a career in marketing.

Interview Advice:

Demonstrate your personality and be yourself.

Your answers in interviews and your performance in tasks doesn't have to be perfect but you need to show the logic behind your answers and be open to how you could do it better next time.

There is a mix of group discussion, case studies and individual interviews.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Understand company structure
Show that you are ambitious (they want future leaders)

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and enjoy it
In the group make sure you are really engaged but also allow quieter people to speak
Use the meal the night before to be inquisitive and find out about ABF

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Don't exaggerate- you will be asked about it at interview. Try to show how your experience matches the skills/type of person required.

Interview Advice:

Give specific examples for everything you say you have done/experience you have gained!

Category Buyer- IT/Telco, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

- Do your research on why you want to work for ABF
- Understand why you want to do the scheme you have selected
- Be yourself!

Interview Advice:

- Be yourself and be honest
- Be confident and passionate about why you'd like to work for ABF on your chosen scheme.

Suppy Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Make sure you research the brands and the different businesses thoroughly.

Interview Advice:

Be humble and be yourself. Try to enjoy the assessment day and be aware that you will have lots of different challenges thrown at you- if one interview doesn't go well put it behind you and move on to the next one.

Category Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Don't get too bogged down with templates or structures for answers - just use honest examples and answer the question that's being asked! Use as many examples from different experiences as possible.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - Honesty and integrity are really highly regarded in this business, so don't feel the need to be overly formal or structured in the interviews. Again, just answer the questions as you would if you were having a chat with a friend.

National Account Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Prove you have a real interest to work in for ABF and in the particular role, research the values and what makes the company unique and show you have done this. Also make sure to showcase what you can bring to the company and role as well as understanding the development and opportunities you will gain.

Interview Advice:

Be energetic and show a real passion for the company and the role, make sure you do your research into the company and what you might be doing in the role. Prove you will be a good fit, ABF is a company which values its people and an excellent work culture thrives. Do not try and be something you are not- this will quickly be identified. Make sure you showcase your skills using a breadth of examples form different things you have done, both academically and extra-curricular.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Research the different businesses within ABF Grocery and the wider ABF group.

Interview Advice:

Passion and emotional intelligence are important to show.

Assistant Tea Buyer & Blender, Twinings Tea Buying at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Take time to give in-depth answers that are a true reflection of yourself.

Interview Advice:

Relax and find common ground with the interviewer. Also prepare and learn some example questions that are online - I got asked a few that I had prepared!

Supply Chain Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

I would advise future candidates to be very thorough in their applications. Draw from previous experiences, and demonstrate potential to learn and progress. Make sure that you explain everything logically and coherently when formulating your answers. Include lots of examples, making sure to explain why they are relevant and answer the question.

Interview Advice:

Make sure to explain your answers thoroughly, include examples and relate them to the question being asked.

Questions include - explain a time when you have demonstrated working as a team, a time when you have had to convince other people to change their opinion etc. Tackle all questions carefully and calmly, I would encourage you to include lots of detail - it's better to explain as much as possible rather than be vague.

Supply Chain Graduate, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Don't be boring - tell them about who you are as a person, what motivates you and what makes you tick! Don't just be another list of qualifications.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! They are looking for a cultural fit and the assessment centre is SO in depth you won't be able to fake it. I recommend learning a little about all the ABF grocery companies and their locations as you will be assessed by employees from all.

Planning and Inventory Controller, Production Planning at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

-Show your willingness to learn to learn

-Show ambition

Interview Advice:

-Be yourself

-Be reflective of previous experiences

Supply Chain Graduate, Logistics at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Research the business well and make sure your answers reflect the graduate competencies.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and have a good range of examples in the STAR approach.

Buyer, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

ABF really care about humilty and authenticity. Be yourself in your application.

Interview Advice:

If your written application is successful, you will need to complete a telephone and video interview. A personality and numerical/verbal reasoning tests and then an assessment center.

The assessment center will focus on four areas:
1) A presentation based on information given to you on the day
2) A group activity
3) A motivational interview - why you want to work for ABF and in your chosen field
4) A behavioural interview - how you would behave in the workplace based on situations given

Marketing Graduate/Assistant Brand Manager, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be open and honest, your values are important so they should come across. ABF is all about a good cultural fit.

Interview Advice:

Research the companies that ABF own, just make sure you have a basic knowledge. Again be honest, there is nothing wrong with not knowing an anwser, and try not to be nervous.

Shift Manager, Food Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - I'm not sure how much the application process has changed however they ask questions that relate to the ABF Grad values and it's your opportunity to really talk about what you've done, what you're interested in etc.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! Apart from your knowledge and skills they're trying to determine if you fit into the organisation. And at the same time, you have to decide if they fit into your definition of where you want to spend most of your waking hours.
Ask questions - no question is a silly question.
Relax during the dinner.
Don't be competitive against other candidates. Whilst they may be recruiting for one role, if more than one person shines, they will see what they can do.

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

structure answers well

STARE technique

Interview Advice:

structure answers well

STARE technique

be yourself

be confident

Procurement Manager – Packaging, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your research about the business before applying

Interview Advice:

Do your research about the business before applying
Be passionate about the brands

Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be honest and provide examples of where you have shown different skills in different environments.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, stay relaxed and keep in a resourceful headspace. Discuss experience outside of education where possible. Do not try and be too formal as they also need to see your personality and style.

Lots of questions are asked around various different situations so have examples of where you have shown different skills from different experiences (outside of education!).

Shift Performance Manager, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Real responsibility is so true!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Supply Chain Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be open minded and try new things

Interview Advice:

Prepare well and have a range of experiences to draw from that meet company's values

Regional Acconnt Manager for Europe, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be clear and concise.

Embrace what makes you different.

Think about how you can add value to the business and how best to get this across in your application.

Be open and honest. The company is looking for individuals who are not only intelligent and talented but will also support the company ethos and culture.

Interview Advice:

Be open and honest. The company is looking for individuals who are not only intelligent and talented but will also support the company ethos and culture.

Ensure you read up on the company, role and some of the challenges facing FMCG currently. You are likely to be asked about these or asked to prepare a small presentation.

Don't be afraid to say you don't know. The company doesn't expect you to have all of the knowledge at this point. It's about showing that you have the ability to problem solve, think critically and draw on your experiences in other fields.

Food, Chemicals & Ingredients Manager, Procurement & Sourcing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Showcase your difference and your experience.

Interview Advice:

Be youself
Be curious
Show you care

Coop Supply Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do you research on ABF & the industry.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, relax. Practice standard questions.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Show interest in the company (Allied Bakeries and ABF) and give clear reasons as to why Technical interests you. Use examples where possible of previous experience.

Interview Advice:

There were 5 different stages to the Assessment Centre:
1 - Presentation on 1 of a several optional topics, prepared for on the day (not in advance)
2 - Group task
3 - Interview on your CV/Skills/Work experience
4 - Interview about why Technical, why Allied Bakeries, why ABF
5 - Scenario based interview with prep time on the day

Be yourself - ABF are looking to take on Graduates who fit with their culture and values, by being yourself the interviewers will get a better understanding of your possible fit within the company and it will help you determine whether ABF is the company for you.
Be prepared to answer questions with a lot of examples that demonstrate your skills. Use examples that show learning and development, analysis skills and leadership where possible as these are important to a future leader. If you have any previous work experience, think about the times you may have been exposed to Technical documentation or where Technical issues were experienced.

Technical Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

- Be genuine, show enthusiasm and answer the question you're asked - no rambling!
- Show you think outside the box, you can challenge the norms and are capable of being a leader, not just a follower.

Interview Advice:

- Be yourself and stay calm even if you think you've made a mistake.
- Smile, keep eye contact and don't be afraid to ask questions.
- Research the company and ensure what the scheme involves.
- Make sure you have activities and examples for basic competency questions - what are your strengths/weaknesses, when have you lead a project, when have you had to persuade someone to go with your idea....

Supply Centre Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Be open & honest, don't try to be impressive or put on a front.

National Account Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself!

Interview Advice:

Some manufacturing knowledge but also a wider knowledge of the interaction of different elements of the business.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Research all the companies and understand the brands. Be certain on the scheme you are applying for and identify why exactly you would like to work for ABF specifically and why that job role.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, and read the graduate competencies. Have a think about how you would answer interview questions in a manner that is not generic, using the STAR model to bring in your experiences. Be confident.

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the company and make sure you answer the question but show how your skills are relatable to the industry.

Interview Advice:

Be honest as it's as much about you being a fit for the company as it is the other way round. Personality can carry you just as far as technical knowledge.
You need to show that you have the resilience to deal with a job in this industry.

Project Engineer, Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

What really makes you stand out. Lots of small experiences can be explained and come across in a really good way, think about what skills you've picked up at sports teams, organising a party etc.

Interview Advice:

Structure your answers well.
Use STAR - situation, task, action, response.

Supply Chain Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

ABF value open, honest and down to earth people the most, just be yourself throughout the recruitment process, as it seems top priority to them is company fit.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

National Account Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Learn about the company and the role within that company as it may not be the same as a similar role in other businesses. Also think about why a career in FMCG and especially ABF excites you - what are you planning to get from your career?

Interview Advice:

Be true to who you are and allow the assessors to see the real you. It could be just what they are looking for.

Graduate Talent Officer, HR at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Make sure you're clear on why you want to work for ABF as opposed to another FMCG supplier. ABF and Unilever are very different business models - what attracts you to the ABF way of working?

Be confident but humble - they're looking for self-aware candidates who understand their strengths but also their weaknesses and want to develop on these.

Trade Marketing Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, show that you have researched the company and show a genuine interest in the role and the scheme. They invest a lot of money and time into their graduates so they want to see some sort of passion or interest.

Interview Advice:

Take your time and think about the answers that you give. Most importantly, be yourself. Do not try to be anyone else, they will clock on that you are not being genuine no matter how good your acting face is! No two graduates are the same, ABF hire such a broad spectrum of individuals all with different strengths and qualities.

Customer Development Graduate, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - ABF values authenticity. Do your research!

Interview Advice:

Use STAR technique, be yourself, don't be too rigid/corporate.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your research into ABF businesses and the dynamics of how a company of this structure might function. Also think about the challenges the business would be faced with.

Interview Advice:

It's really important to 'be yourself' - although clichéd, they will be able to see through it if you put on a show! Make sure you understand the culture of ABF.

Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be thorough as a lot of people apply. So be specific and not generic with applications and relate to how you can benefit in addition to what you have to offer to the company.

Interview Advice:

Be authentic and be yourself. If you aren't it will become clear. Try and apply all questions to yourself/life and answer them from your own perspective which is relevant to your motivation for working for the company and within that role.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply chain/Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Know the Industry your applying to!

Yes of course the business knowledge and passion is very important but for me knowing the industry was a huge driver for why I would be right for the business/role.

Interview Advice:

As above, you don't have to have managed a department of 25 managers, 14 supervisors and 250 staff.

They are only looking for potential and willingness to adapt and perform in the environment!

Be confident and passionate about what you have done and what this shows and you should be just fine!

Supply Chain Graduate, Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Research the company, and really try and link your examples using the STAR approach to their main competencies that they are testing you on: Analysis and Judgement, Drive & Ambition, Humility & Authenticity, Learning & Growth.

Interview Advice:

Video interview - prepare your answer well for the questions you know you will be asked. Make sure you prepare your answers with the STAR approach, so that you don't trail off at the end.

Face-to-face interview - most important thing to do is to get across your enthusiasm and examples of where you have demonstrated things they are asking for. Don't worry about not having the technical knowledge - they can teach you this! They just want to make sure you are the right fit for the company!

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

ABF really value authenticity and humility in their employees, so being yourself is really important during the whole recruitment process. Once on the scheme, personal development is very important - so if you aren't willing to take on feedback and recognise and work on your areas of development, then this isn't the place for you.

Interview Advice:

Understand the structure of ABF and how the grocery businesses operate individually- this is a really important element of the company.
Have a think about your strengths and weaknesses with real life examples.
Be prepared to give examples of your passion to make things happen and understand what motivates you.
Understand the sort of work you will be doing in your role, and therefore why you are a suitable candidate.

Shopper Marketing Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, sounds cliché but ABF really value honesty and openness. It really shows when someone is down to earth in the assessment centres.

Have a look at the key competencies ABF require and ensure you have examples where you have used those skills for these. Show your development areas as much as your strengths. ABF also value self awareness.

Ensure in group exercises you are listening just as much as directing and it is not always the leading role which shows off the best set of skills.

Interview Advice:

Group exercise, competency interview, situational exercise (real life situations think about lots of operational priorities i.e. H&S, Quality, Performance, People and think outside of the box), personality interview (highlighting a few key development area from a questionnaire), presentation on a hot topic (think about business impacts).

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself. If you fit, you fit!

Interview Advice:

Be honest, humble and true to yourself!

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, don't blag, make the most of the social time with ABF Colleagues prior to the Assessment Centre (don't sneak off to bed straight after dinner).

Interview Advice:

As usual, competency based.

Customer Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Interviewers are looking for bright individuals who will fit into their businesses and are willing to learn, not perfect people who know everything there is to know about FMCG.

Interview Advice:

About my previous experiences (whether related to the job or not) and my motivations.

Supply Chain Graduate, Logistics/Planning at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

When writing your application do be aware of the graduate competencies required by the role and think about how you can demonstrate them in your application.

Interview Advice:

There will be a video interview, telephone interview and an assessment centre for the role. The video interview is short you will be asked 4/5 questions and have a set amount of time to answer. Make sure you are prepared to give concise answers. For the telephone interview ensure you have done some research about the business, the industry and role you are applying for. Make sure you understand these components and can explain your motivations for applying. Also, be prepared for competency based questions. The assessment centre is two days long with a meal on the first evening where you will meet interviewers. You will then have to complete a behavioural, motivational and competency interview, give a presentation and take part in a group task. The most important thing to remember is to be genuine as ABF value this highly and are looking for authentic people who have drive and the capacity to develop the skills required for the role.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be you. ABF really value you as an individual. They like well rounded people who do more than just work. So make sure you show that you have experience in different roles (even if they aren't roles that are the same as you are applying for, just show work experience if you have any) and different hobbies/interests you have.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Use plenty of examples in the interviews and think about why they are relevant - what skills you gained, what you have learned and what you would do going forward.

Interview Advice:

Do your homework on the companies within ABF - a basic knowledge will really help throughout the process. Beyond that, be yourself. The placements and training will give you the experience you need to learn, so the recruiters are looking for people with enthusiasm, ambition and authenticity.

Account Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for analytical work and have an interest in numerical problem solving. Make your own opportunities and don't expect things to be put on a plate for you.
Enjoy variety.

Interview Advice:

Give examples relating to the 3 key competency drivers.
Think about what you want out of the role and company longer term.
Be approachable.

Category Executive, Category at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Ideally, get some industrial experience before applying. Make sure that the CV is clear, and there are no grammatical/spelling mistakes!

Interview Advice:

Make sure to thoroughly research the company and be passionate about the role and the brand!

Operations and Supply Chain Graduate, Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your research on ABF and their values. Review the job description and prepare some examples of when you've demonstrated the skills required. Demonstrate a genuine interest in the food/FMCG industry and in ABF.

Technical Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Don't let anything hold you back, it's not just about education and work experience, life experiences are just as important. Make sure you justify any examples given and always relate it back to the question being asked.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, the most important thing is that you are a good match for the business, if you are then you will both get the most out of the job. The environment you will be working can be quite up and down and they need to know you will able to cope with that. Show that you have a good sense of self awareness, if you do have any areas in which you can develop then highlight them and show you understand this is a limitation and are willing to work learn and improve. Show you have a willingness to learn and always try your best.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Try and get your personality across as much as possible in the application - It is difficult when you're having to write answers to what feel like very generic questions, but it will stand for so much with ABF. Don't always feel like you need to give an example where your result has been astoundingly amazing, if you can tell a story and explain in your answer how you learned from an experience and have developed, this will resonate so much more.

Interview Advice:

There were multiple elements to the Interview/Assessment Centre process, but don't let this get too intimidating. At the end of the day, to even make it to the assessment centre they know that you're competent enough to join the scheme, so really use this as an opportunity to show how you fit with the culture of ABF. Spend time on the Grocery Graduate Scheme website getting familiar with it.

Customer Executive, Customer Development Scheme at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be genuine and honest. Show a willingness for continuous self improvement.

Customer Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Try and get some sort of experience in FMCG before you apply.

Interview Advice:

Research the industry!

Category Exec., at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Take your time to get to know ABF as well as the companies within. Research is important.

You need to be sure that it's the kind of company for you - that you agree with the culture and the Graduate values and you will be happy here.

Be yourself and let that show in your application. One thing I've learnt while working here is that they can teach you what you need to know to do the job; it's your personality and motivations and what you bring to the organisation that they are interested in.

Interview Advice:

I was asked questions about the results from my personality questionnaire, which I had totally forgotten about so make sure you don't lie when you complete that.

I was also asked about my thoughts around scenarios, and having never done Procurement before, they were trying to understand my thinking process. So it's okay to get questions wrong, as long as you can justify your reasoning.

Don't compete with other people in the room. If you're all fantastic candidates, they'll take you all on.

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Ensure that you are honest and humble. Do your best to let your personality shine through.

Food, Chemicals & Ingredients Buyer, Procurement & Sourcing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be open and honest from day one on what you want and the company can help you get there.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, ABF value honesty and humility and will see through an act.

Ecommerce Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

This will mean having to relocate at least once to a different site so you have to be flexible on location, but rotations are only 6 months.

The placements and positions are not always clearly defined in advance but suggestions from the Graduate are always welcome and encouraged.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be natural, curious and open to your assessors. Ask questions about them, get to know them.
Talk about yourself as well, as they will want to get to know what kind of person you are and if you will fit with the company culture.

Supply Chain Graduate, R&D at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Study up on the company, be realistic about what you want. Be open minded, every business is great in its own way even if you have a preference for one.

Interview Advice:

Think about your answers, and stay calm. It's ok to take a minute to think, and use STAR.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Ensure you do your research of the company. Ensure you show off your skills, and your determination for progression as an individual.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, work through all tasks given in detail and be confident in your answers.

Supply Chain Graduate, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

See if you fit with the values - if you align then you will be a good fit .
Use examples in application of previous experiences.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - let your personality show through

Quality and Technical Manager, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

1. Be yourself during the application stages because if you're hired for the wrong reasons then the job probably isn't right for you anyway.

2. You should be open minded if applying for this role as the scheme offers such a variety of skills, roles and locations and you need to adapt to each one.

Interview Advice:

Questions I was asked:
1. Why this company and why this particular scheme?
2. Examples of times when I've had to deal with difficult and challenging situations.
3. Examples of times when I've had to work in a team.
4. Examples of times when I disagreed with someone and how I handled the situation.
5. Examples of times when I made the wrong decision and how I handled it.
6. I was asked to expand on the various experiences I had on my CV.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Know yourself and be yourself.

NPD Technologist, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Think about how your strengths and experience fit the job description.
Use as many different examples as possible.

Interview Advice:

Skype/telephone interviews:
Do as much research as possible about ABF & your role.
Do as much research as possible about the FMCG industry, trends etc.
Try and use as many different examples as possible rather than just one job/placement.

Assessment centre:
Be open minded and flexible.
Don't get put off if you don't do well in one task, try harder for the rest.
If the assessors ask you how you think you've done, be honest. This is your chance to show yourself. Awareness and explain what you didn't do well and how you could have done it better.

Sales Support & Development, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, research the company and the brands and be on top of the latest trends in marketing and consumer behaviour.

Interview Advice:

What is Marketing? What would you do in X situation at work? What relevant experience do you have for the role?

Marketing Executive, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself!
Be gutsy and brave. Don't be a wall-flower, the more they see, the more they can assess you
Read a book on assessment centres so you know what to expect.

Interview Advice:

Ask questions about the company - it's a two-way process.
Prepare answers to questions like 'Describe a time when you (showed teamwork/leadership/failed/suceeded/overcame a problem).

Marketing graduate, Condiments team at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Understand the roles that you might be completing as part of the graduate scheme. If possible try and take a genuine interest in the world of FMCG, however in your application, and progression through the early application stages make sure you let your personality come through, don't be too sterile in your application style.

Interview Advice:

Honestly, the biggest piece of advice here would be to be yourself. At the assessment day it was clear that some of the applicants were putting on a front with the assessor's, and this was picked up on. Try not to overthink the process of an assessment day, just go be yourself, give honest answers to questions and if you are a good fit for the business, this will shine through.

Business Development Manager, Customer Development at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Take your time. Make sure you answer everything concisely and actually answer the questions rather than pad it out. Anything can be made relevant with the appropriate justification.

Interview Advice:

Being a fit for the company is a big thing for this organisation so be genuine as this can play in your favour even if you aren't the best in terms of technical skills.

Craft Engineer, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Relax - everyone at the assessment centre is just there to get the best out of you - no tricks or tactics. Always be yourself as people notice when you are being genuine and that is not an attribute that ABF admires. Also, this way you will know if ABF suits you.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and genuine. Don't be afraid to ask for a moment to think. Each stage of the assessment centre is challenging but in a good way and you get time to prepare for each section so, use the time effectively and just keep calm and you will be able to answer all of the questions asked. If you know which grocery business you'd like to start in then network well.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Everyone who gets hired at ABF all have the same values- it's not about competitiveness but about helping each other.

Marketing Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you do your research and genuinely want to work within this sector. Be genuine and passionate, it is important that this comes across throughout. Falsities will be sniffed out.

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions so think examples! "Tell me a time when" etc.

Sales, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Show an interest in the company and the wider ABF group. Use a variety of scenarios when answering the questions, both from university and outside in work or hobbies.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. If you get to interview your grades have spoken for themselves. We are looking for people who are naturally a good fit for our business.

Maintenance Planner, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Be yourself, ABF is an ego-free company and it is important to not put up a front as the interviewers will see right through this.

Knowledge of the business is essential but also a wider understanding of global trends affecting the FMCG sector

Assistant Buyer & Blender, Twinings, Commodities at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Only apply if you like the fast paced environment of FMCG and feel you would thrive and enjoy it. If you believe you are a suitable candidate, then ABF really appreciate people to really be themselves and they will look for potential. When applying for customer development, be prepared to complete executive roles which are not exactly customer facing but give you great exposure to what the future in ABF could look like.

Interview Advice:

ABF want to know that you are adaptable, approachable and conscientious. Think of real life examples where you have shown the particular skill sets they say they are looking for- there are ABF wide ones, but also function specific- so for sales- self-motivation, drive, enthusiasm, passion etc. Again, be yourself but you need to come prepared- know how the graduate scheme works, what you think you will be doing, how ABF works- its structure and where the grocery businesses fit in with that. A bit of commercial awareness is important too- you need to show you are interested in the sector!

National Account Executive, Accounts Team at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Get some experience that is relevant to the scheme, whether a part time job or an internship. The greatest mistake that students can make is not working while at university. Thousands of students will get degrees and you need something that will make you stand out. Some people are good at blagging their way through interviews with very little experience, but the majority will need a working background that can demonstrate their suitability. I came from a retail background so had some experience at the opposite end of the grocery spectrum to my current role. There are plenty of summer internships to apply for too. Do some research on the FMCG sector and ABF before you apply. Think about why the scheme appeals to you and why you'd be good at it.

Interview Advice:

Try and get some interview practice before the real thing, whether through university or a careers service. Don't try and be someone that you aren't because the interviewers will probably be very experienced and will see through any kind of act. Don't make up scenarios that prove your skills for the same reason. Try and stay relaxed - interviews are as much about assessing your personality as your capability. If you appear too flustered and nervous then that might raise questions about your ability to keep your cool when dealing with stakeholders. Be professional but not to the point of being one-dimensional - assessors will want to see how easy you are to be around and how well you work in a team. They aren't after a robot who can provide answers perfectly but who has no interests or experiences beyond that. Think about your answers to questions carefully before you speak to make sure you cover all bases.

Category Exec, Category at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate that you have something different about you over everyone else. Be passionate about the food industry and show it e.g. by becoming a student member of a relevant professional organisation or by keeping up to date with current trends in the industry. Be aware of your strengths and areas for improvement and be able to demonstrate that you are already doing something to work on those areas.

Interview Advice:

Do your research on ABF and what we stand for. What is our position in the market and who are our competitors?
Where would you like to be in 10 years time? How do you know this is the right career path for you?
Show your personality and keep your honesty, integrity and humility.

Technical Graduate Management Trainee, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Get to know the culture of Abf and the business units you are applying for. The graduate website has information about each company and the types of roles there are available.

Graduate, Ryvita at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to be mobile. Be yourself at interview. Ask lots of questions, seem truly interested in ABF, rather than just FMCG as a whole - at the end of the day, the company structure is so different to the structure of companies like Unilever or P&G - in my view this makes the whole experience much more exciting and interesting; really embrace this difference. Be down-to-earth, want to improve, embrace opportunities for training and development, enjoy working with other people.

Interview Advice:

Why ABF? Why not Unilever/P&G?
Why this scheme?
Why did you choose your degree subject?
Tell me about a time when _____ (Always use the STAR model (i.e. Situation, Task, Action, Result))
Ask questions! Seem interested!

National Account & Online Executive, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be open to the chance to work for different food brands and smaller companies, which are all tied together and receive the benefit of being a part of ABF. Clearly state why you want to work with these brands and in the food industry in general. When answering specific application questions try to include relevant examples and anecdotes.

Interview Advice:

Think of a range of examples of when you have demonstrated different skills and attributes before your interview so that you are well prepared.

Supply Chain Graduate, Continuous Improvement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Your degree results show your intelligence so in your application highlights how you have applied skills to projects or to your jobs. Take on board any feedback offered and learn from it.

Read up on ABF and gain an understanding of how the Grocery Group fits in and the companies/brands that make up the Grocery Group.

Interview Advice:

Congratulations if you've made it to the interview! That is already a massive achievement.
Be yourself during the day and try and stay calm. The interview is about ensuring you are the right fit for the company (and the company is the right fit for you). Ask questions and speak to the interviewers to get a feel for the company and which of the companies within Grocery you prefer as you may have a choice.

Project Engineer, Central Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Applying for the graduate scheme with ABF is your first step to entering into a world of opportunities. As with all roles you do get out what you put in. If you are willing to be flexible, to help with anything, to take on some challenges, to put in the time and effort to make a difference and to put into practice some great leadership skills that will make your people great too.... then ABF is the place for you.

Interview Advice:

Sometimes people forget that the interview is more than just telling us about your skills and experience, it is also about showing us who YOU are and how you can fit in with the company values.

CI Project Mananger, Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Show an aptitude for learning and developing, do plenty of research on ABF and marketing in general to show you're interested in the area

Interview Advice:

Practice competency questions around leadership and experiences. There is also a situational role play so think about the best way to work with others in a team and show 'commercial acumen' - in a natural way!

Marketing Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

This is a seriously good role for a massive player in FMCG, the products we work with change all the time so research new product development, competitors etc. Try to speak to someone in the role now. Show a self-driven attitude and a keenness for sales, along with an ability to influence and you will be a good candidate.

Interview Advice:

Know about the business and what the brand means. Be able to talk about all/most ABF businesses, because most/all will be represented. Have a clear idea of what you want to do with the grad scheme and be prepared to talk about your weaknesses.

Territory Manager, Sales Team – Wales and South West at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Evidently, you need to have done your reasearch. You are competing against lots of good candidates so don't miss out on something that you should have easily known- about the grocery group, the role and ABF in general. Think about why you would be suited to both the business and the role, and brain storm experiences that prove this in interview situations.

Interview Advice:

You do need to have all the qualities that they say one needs in sales - motivation, adaptability, resilience etc. because it can be a demoralising and challenging role at times - and the recruitment process is there to make sure you would be suitable for the role. You need to be able to adapt to build relationships with people from all walks of life and cultures; cultural and social sensitivity is fundamental. You need to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations and stay positive and confident in these situations. Ultimately you need the drive to win over people and influence them to take on your advice, support, brands and ideas in store. Advice would be to think of situations where you have been challenged and overcome difficult situations, or you have been thrown out of your comfort zone and thrived. However, I think they are also really looking for passion and enthusiasm; even if you have the most amazing competency examples- you need to be passionate. They are looking for potential.

Business Development Manager, Retail Field Sales Team at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your research
It's a 6 stage application process, practice mock interviews, aptitude tests, assessment centre tasks and presentation skills.
It's a brilliant industry, I would definitely recommend it

Interview Advice:

You will be asked some info about the company, as I said, do your research.
Use competency based answers. Eg tell me a time when you displayed leadership.
Try and give broad skills based evidence. From University, Work, your personal life and achievements.
If you can do any voluntary work that you can talk about it always looks good.
Be honest, don't just regurgitate what you think wants to be heard - it's easy to spot

Territory Manager, Territory Management at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

For National Account Exec, you need to be organised and on top of your admin/numbers/day-to-day job before you can tackle larger projects. It may be boring, but it is so important when you progress that you understand the detail.
Apart from that, passion and energy is needed because a lot of the time you are working independently.

Interview Advice:

Focus on what you have done so far in your career and match that to the key competencies for the job you're going for. Think of examples of good and bad experiences and use the STAR (situation, task, action, results) approach when answering questions.

National Account Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

It's a challenging role that requires extremely high self motivation, and will to build relationships with people who haven't got too much interest. You really need to show you have that ability to relate to people, and effect their decisions positively

Interview Advice:

Have good examples of where you have shown the core competencies they are looking for, when involving and leading, other people I found are the best ones. Be yourself, the company seems to look for a type of person rather than anything else, and be honest.

Territory Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be honest during your application and give experiences that are relevant to you and to your role.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm and be honest. The interviewer wants to get to know you but this is also your chance to get to know them so remember to ask questions and don't be afraid to take a moment to consider your answers before giving them.

Supply Chain Graduate, Production at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

On the application form demonstrate your knowledge but more importantly your passion for the role and the company itself.

Interview Advice:

Completely be yourself - they are sussing out whether you would fit into the company culture just as much as testing your interview skills.

Supply Chain Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be sure to include what interests you have outside of work and studies, and how you can relate this to skills you have that would be useful professionally (e.g. teamwork, communication).

Interview Advice:

Write down a list of competencies that you think might come up in an interview and plan what examples you have of you using these competencies.

Technical Graduate Management Trainee, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

In my opinion, giving examples of working in a team is great to show you can integrate. I think it would be useful to show working with others to complete a task like a University project or coursework.

Interview Advice:

I would advise to be enthusiastic and genuine. Approach the group tasks, during the assessment centre, with the intention of completing the task as a team rather than to stand out on your own.

Operations Management Graduate, Logistics at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Research the business. Know our products and customers. Ask yourself if you match our values.

Interview Advice:

Be genuine and honest!

Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Put the time in to the application. There are thousands of people that apply for the job and no matter how well you think you are suited to the role, you need to prove that you want it even at the early stages.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself in interviews and assessment centres. There is a strong culture at ABF and assessors are often looking for certain character traits, as well as general business acumen. Even if you are able to bend your character for the assessments, it will prove difficult to alter your personality once in the job - so it's best to be relaxed and honest.

Category Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses and have evidence of situations where you have worked on your areas for improvement.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality and be passionate about the business.

Technical Graduate Management Trainee, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be genuine
Be interested and interesting
Prove you can be commercial and consumer orientated

Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Try and be confident in yourself and trust in your own instincts. Don't worry about what other people are saying.

Supply Chain graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Prepare competency questions before the interviews, and have a really clear idea about why you'd like to be on this particular grad scheme

Interview Advice:

Questions along the lines of e.g. a time when you worked in a team, and others related to the experiences written on your CV. On the phone interview, don't be afraid of the silence when the interviewer is writing.

Marketing Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be yourself! ABF is a friendly company and they want to get the best out of you, so if you be yourself, then you will know whether you will fit in to the organisation.

Be prepared! Think of times when you did well and also times when you didn't do so well. Knowing yourself and your strengths and weaknesses is a really important part of the application process. Examples can come from university, part-time work, social or sports clubs/committees or anything where you play an important role in making things happen.

Interview Advice:

I had a phone interview, Skype interview and 2 face-to-face interviews at my assessment day.

For the phone interview, make sure you have done your homework and know what ABF is all about and you have really looked into what the job is you're applying for.

The Skype interview was really good. I hadn't done one before this, but it is much easier than a phone interview because you can see the interviewer so you can tell when they are looking interested and get a feel for whether they want to know more about what you're talking about. The Skype interview is more to do with the STAR technique of answering questions (situation, task, action, result) so if you think about some ideas/scenarios before the call and think of STAR, you can give structured answers and won't waste time.

At the assessment centre, the interviews are more for the interviewers to find out more about yourself. This is where you can show your personality and talk about your experiences. Think how your skills fit in with ABF values and the job role. And come with some questions for the interviewers - it is supposed to be 2-way.

Territory Manager, Oxfordshire at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

- Be able to pull on a breadth of experience as the role is very varied
- Be confident in your people skills as this is key for the marketing role
- Come with ideas because they are listened to

Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Make your application relevant and stand out. Relating the application to the job description ABF give out is also good. Everything must be well thought out and you should be able to defend yourself in light of discussing your application with an assessor.

Interview Advice:

Enusre you have lots of varied examples of how you: overcame obstacles, teamwork, lead etc. Examples should be from more than just your University work or University socieites. Also being able to demostrate a keen interest in Engineering will help.

Engineering Management Graduate Trainee, Allied Bakeries at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Keep your answers to the point. Don't try to pretend to be someone you're not - if you are right for the job this will shine through on your application.

Interview Advice:

Again, be yourself and enjoy the assessment day. I really enjoyed my interview as it was a chance to sell myself and also to get to know the interviewer and the company. During the group tasks, remember you have a whole team to work with - voice your ideas but listen to other people's ideas aswell and build on them with the team.

Supply Chain Graduate, Planning at The Silver Spoon Company at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be honest.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and do not try to come across as someone you think the company is looking for. Just be yourself and if it is the right match for you and the company, you will be offered a position.

Territory Manager, Field Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Research the company and its core competencies and make sure you show evidence of your research in your application.

Proof read your application as any spelling/grammatical errors will likely lead to a rejection of your application.

Make sure you are comfortable with the idea of relocating around the country a few times over the first couple of years, as this will happen.

Being a foodie really helps!

Interview Advice:

ABF are looking for people who will fit into their business culture - team players, strategic thinkers.

In group exercises in assessment centre, make sure you contribute but don't dominate the team, come up with ideas but also consider and reflect on others' opinions.

Supply Chain Graduate/Management Trainee, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic.

Graduate Management Trainee, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Mechanical / electrical degrees tend to hold greater weight (please do not let this put off chemical engineers). It is not about having the best engineering CV it is more about future management potential and being a nice person (ABF is full of nice people).

Interview Advice:

Tele and skype interview, do your homework on the company - more important than I've seen elsewhere. Know what is is to be an engineer in the FMCG industry (talk to one) and demonstrate why this is for you (it isn't for everyone). Sustainability/corporate responsibility came up which is a rarity, other than that it was very standard.

Eng assessment centre seems to have changed a bit, don't know how much I can help . . . Play nice during group tasks, delegate but don't dominate (we're not looking for bullies). Know how you might want to enter a new foreign market with a brand and perhaps brush up on your decision mathematics re. shortest postman routes etc.

Graduate Engineer, Silver Spoon at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Have a good knowledge of the grad scheme you are applying for, be sure about what you want to do, and just be yourself!

Interview Advice:

I was asked lots about my knowledge of the company and the grad scheme I was applying for, but the majority of the questions were based on if I would be a good "fit" for the company.

Management Graduate Trainee – Operations, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

You need to stick out from the crowd. Most people applying for the job will have the required degree and grade. You need to build a picture of yourself outside of education, relating your extracurricular activities to how this has developed you as a person. E.g. sports = teamwork.

Interview Advice:

Preparation is key. You can have a good idea about what questions or what type of questions are going to be asked. Some may differ and you won't be able to prepare for them, but for the types of questions you can, write draft answers down and learn them.

Technical Graduate Management Trainee, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your homework. Know about the company and the job. Ensure that your strenghts match what is required.

Interview Advice:

Again do your research. Be yourself - don't try to be someone that you're not.

Management Graduate Trainee – Operations, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

You need to show that you are hardworking and want to make a difference.

Quality Assurance Leader, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Interview Advice:

Be honest, and answer questions truthfully. It's as much about how your personality fits the company as it is about your abilities and skills.

Production planner, Planning at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be passionate, confident in your ideas and ensure you understand all of the different sectors of ABF. Know your stuff but show off your personality too - culture and behaviours are deemed just as important as existing knowledge.

Supply Chain Graduate, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Be honest and to make it very clear that your work ethic is paramount to how you will contribute within the company.

Interview Advice:

My advice would be to genuinely engage with not only the interviewers but also others going for the same role. A lot of this job involves working with very different people and it would be good to show that you can positively communicate with others.

Operational Graduate, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Do your research so thoroughly.This is the only way you can really demonstrate a genuine interest in the role. Also it really is best to apply for jobs that you really want to do. It does show at interview.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, you can tick all the boxes but if no one wants to work with you day to day you won't get the role.

Don't waste too much time planning group tasks. Some is important but the time is quite short.

Supply Chain Management Graduate, Silver Spoon at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Application Advice:

Just remember it's about how good are you for the company; not just how good you are as an individual.

Interview Advice:

Be personable! At the assessment centre, many try their best to give textbook CV answers to informal questions; so much so that the person's personality doesn’t come through.

International Business Development Assistant, International Business Development at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery) View »

Best:

Lots of progression opportunities
Huge scope to move around in the business
Good wages and benefits
Training opportunities

Worst:

Locations

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Large organisation with great networking opportunities
Benefit of being in a smaller independent company, whilst also being part of a large organisation

Worst:

Quite spread out in many locations

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Number of brands and different cultures as a result of the decentralised culture and environment.

Worst:

Because of the decentralised nature, often difficult to navigate across it all!

Category Buyer- IT/Telco, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The separate structure means that each business has its own culture, you are not just a cog in a big wheel, and you get the benefits of working in a smaller business with a bigger backing.

Worst:

As the cultures between businesses are so different you may end up not enjoying the business culture you are in.

Category Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

So much training, lots of support, very understanding.

Worst:

Can be cliquey, and salary comparable to role at other businesses is slightly lower.

National Account Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Lots of opportunity to move around and get different experience

Worst:

Risk adverse and slow moving sometimes

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The people within the organisation.
The development opportunities offered.
It is a huge company but the decentralized nature of it provides autonomy and a chance to make a real impact.
The company treats its people very well.

Worst:

Due to the decentralized nature the locations you can be placed are across the UK and there is no large central HQ meaning all the grads are in different places.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

International opportunities, success, collaboration

Worst:

Slow progression

Assistant Tea Buyer & Blender, Twinings Tea Buying at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Opportunities to move location around the country.

Worst:

-

Supply Chain Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

There is a lot of training on offer.
Friendly culture - not very 'corporate' which works well for me; there isn't any grandeur for effect. People seem to generally be very honest and down to earth.

Worst:

The company locations vary significantly across the different sites. Some sites are located in places that I personally wouldn't want to move to, but this is the same for a lot of manufacturing based companies.

Supply Chain Graduate, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

There are so many opportunities for learning and training, the culture is relaxed and everyone is lovely.

Worst:

There is often a do first and think later attitude, with most departments stretched for man power.

Planning and Inventory Controller, Production Planning at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

- Global
-Large share of food industry
-Wide variety of different brands

Worst:

- The worst shift hours possible
- Not big and shiny

Supply Chain Graduate, Logistics at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The values the company hold are all about helping each other and it is definitely taken up by the employees. It is a really lovely and friendly place to work.

Worst:

Lots of pressure based on cost reduction.

Buyer, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Great culture
Ethical business
Flexible - will help you gain experience and support your development

Worst:

Due to the umberella structure infromation and expertise can sometimes get lost

Marketing Graduate/Assistant Brand Manager, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Lots of great benefits, good pension scheme. Nice people who are very knowledgable, access to lots of resource and other companies.

Worst:

Politics of the workplace, the lack of management or clarity of your manager.

Shift Manager, Food Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

People are the best thing - everyone is willing to share their experience and their advice with you. Especially as you're new, they're really willing to help you out.

ABF has so many companies within and it has a culture of bringing individuals from the different businesses together. We have an annual Procurement Conference where teams from across the globe meet up for 2 days. We also have a Women's Business Education Forum, so plenty of opportunities to grow your network and meet new people.

Worst:

Being heavily manufacturing-based, some people you meet are quite stuck in their ways. And they are not really receptive to change. And they can find it uncomfortable having a graduate come in and bring new ideas in. Some people use comments like graduates get 'red carpet treatment'. But you just have to work on your people and influencing skills and change their perception of graduates and yourself.

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

the culture
benefits package

Worst:

n/a

Procurement Manager – Packaging, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Ethnically diverse.
Supportive management / no micromanagement / lots of trust.
International travel.

Worst:

Lack of decision making and ownership.

Sustainability Lead, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The smaller companies within ABF run as individual companies on the whole and make their own decisions. Lots of different locations that are possible to work at and so many brands within ABF grocery, providing many opportunities. You are given genuine responsibility from day one and have training courses throughout to support you.

Worst:

Not all talent is freely shared amongst the companies within ABF.

Shift Performance Manager, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Culture.

Supply Chain Graduate, at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Values
Trust

Worst:

Paper work / corporate responsibilities

Regional Acconnt Manager for Europe, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The staff are incredible.

Worst:

Decisions are often made at the wrong management level.

Food, Chemicals & Ingredients Manager, Procurement & Sourcing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Varied opportunities & great colleagues

Worst:

As with lots of other FMCG business' locations are not particularly central...

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Incredibly reactive and flexible
Care about employees and encourage development
Care about work life balance

Worst:

Disjointed communication in the business

Coop Supply Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Enormous network

Worst:

None

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The company culture is really genuine at ABF. They value their graduates and spend a lot of time ensuring you have enough support and training to complete the scheme to the best of your ability.

Worst:

None so far.

Technical Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Ethical environment, horizontal culture across the conglomerate of businesses. Open to change and challenge. Market leaders in several area and high profile brands.

Worst:

Can often be painted out to be a 'big bad company'. Sometimes hard to inspire a change within such a large network.

Supply Centre Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Fantastic people and culture

Worst:

Some of the locations are less desirable

National Account Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Friendly atmosphere. Everyone is willing to help. Your development is key.

Worst:

Due to the nature of the company with separate entities, each one can seem dethatched.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Job Security. The business is huge with exposure to different markets and products. Networking opportunity is high. The company culture is fantastic, everyone is lovely to work with and are built from the same values. There isn't a hierarchy structure.

Worst:

None

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Right from the start you are exposed to a fantastic network of people who can provide support and advice

Worst:

The fact we are an FMCG company means that the pace things can change make planning, a real challenge.

Project Engineer, Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Knowledgable people willing to help

Worst:

unsure

Supply Chain Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The people

Worst:

Stress

National Account Executive, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The opportunities to grow and develop are massive and we have such a diverse range of businesses across Grocery but also in the whole of ABF, which means opportunities are out there to go get if you want them.

Graduate Talent Officer, HR at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The people

Worst:

The location, but you will find that a lot of people commute and ABF pride themselves on flexible working - so it makes it worth it!

Customer Development Graduate, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Very

Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

People focused thus there is a lot of support and help.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply chain/Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The investment in you !

Worst:

-

Supply Chain Graduate, Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The people are really friendly and supportive.
Premium brand.

Worst:

It can come across as quite a formal company, with limited collaboration between departments.

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Many small business that operate autonomously which make up ABF. This means that with good networking you can move business and develop different skills, experience different roles and culture around ABF whilst still maintaining good job security.

Worst:

Because key decisions/projects/changes have to be signed off at board level for the business and sometimes beyond that i.e. higher in ABF people sometimes feel that processes can take time.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Training & development

Worst:

Location (but we are moving!)

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Great work life balance, great culture, people and team spirit. Enjoyable and varied work, travel.

Worst:

The first couple of years can feel a little slow as you're champing at the bit to get on, but that might just be me!

Customer Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

They really care about us and our career development, not just making money

Supply Chain Graduate, Logistics/Planning at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

ABF are a fantastic company to work for particularly on the marketing scheme as you get a lot of ownership and responsibility immediately. ABF values it's gradates because we contribute to business success. The business overall is an ethical one and you get a very good work life balance.

Worst:

As a graduate you get lots of chances to network however networking and sharing across the wider business can vary.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

How much they value the people. They care about you. You're not just a number, you're an individual.

Worst:

Like any large organisation, sometimes bureaucracy limits efficiency when you're trying to gets thing done. There are lots of approvals and systems in place that are there for a good reason, but can be frustrating at times.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

There is so much opportunity to move around and try new roles within ABF. I have had six lines manager since I joined and every one has been encouraging and supportive in my long term ambitions. This is true of most employees in the business - there is a culture of personal/professional development.

Worst:

Due to the decentralised nature of ABF, there can feel like there is a bit of red tape at times.

Account Manager, Sales at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Culture, working environment, training course, development, support, management,

Worst:

Often heavily desk based, decisions are normally made a higher levels.

Category Executive, Category at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Fantastic network of people and great opportunities for career progression!

Worst:

N/A

Operations and Supply Chain Graduate, Operations at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Working with big brands and household names. ABF Grocery encompasses many brands and means there's lots of opportunities available.

Technical Graduate, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The roles you are brought in to do are real jobs and you are able to see the outputs of what you do. You get involved a variety if roles, which gives you an appreciation of the department as a whole and how it impacts others as well.
You get the opportunity from very early on to build extensive networks with people all across the grocery group, not just in the business or department that you start in, which widens the scope for variety and progression by opening up the wider group.
A lot of training gets provided for you and this is spread around the country to enable you to see multiple sites from different businesses allowing you to get an appreciation of the different processes and styles along with the different challenges that face each business and how they cope with that.

Worst:

The fact you are doing a real job can also be a downside as this can change quite rapidly due to the needs of the business, this can effect things like relocation and can sometimes make communication seem quite poor.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

Sometimes we are too focussed on the result, not how we get there.

Customer Executive, Customer Development Scheme at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

People

Worst:

Red tape

Category Exec., at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The network with all the ABF businesses - you get to know people across the businesses and someone somewhere will always be able to help you out

The Graduate Training is amazing - as a Graduate a lot of investment goes into us and topics we cover range from Leadership, to Followership, to Time Management, to Influence and Assertiveness.

Worst:

There are people who are stuck in their ways of doing things that do not embrace change very well and it's a challenge to win them over and gain their trust and get them to adopt new ways of working.

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Great recognition and personal / career development

Worst:

Loss of knowledge after someone's departure : poor handovers.

Supply Chain Graduate, R&D at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Really great brand, with lots of knowledge and support.

Worst:

Loyal work force, which can sometimes become slightly resistant to change.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

The ability to interact with ABF as a whole and develop a network. The opportunities to grow as an individual. A great salary for graduates, and a belief that managers actually care about you as an individual.

Worst:

Can at times be a very pressured environment due to the need to meet demand, but often thrive in these situations.

Supply Chain Graduate, Manufacturing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Great at work life balance and really encourage graduates to progress

Worst:

Location

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

network
opportunity
trust

Worst:

inflexible working hours

Quality and Technical Manager, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

1. The company culture - there is a genuine interest in keeping employees happy and healthy

2. ABF is so huge that there are endless opportunities

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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Best:

Recognise potential and give opportunities to those who deserve it

NPD Technologist, Technical at Associated British Foods (Grocery)
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