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The following is a Graduate Review for Associated British Foods (Grocery).

Associated British Foods (Grocery) scores 3.5/5 based on 154 reviews.

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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.


Due to the scheme being focused on learning and development, there has not been many opportunities to develop leadership skills yet. This is due to the large amount of technical skills that must be developed before leadership opportunities are possible.

What is the annual salary for this role?

Starting salary: £29,000 - £31,000

Current salary: £29,000 - £31,000

What hours do you actually work, on average?

Start: 08:30

Finish: 16:45

What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?

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.

Do you have any interview tips?

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.

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