The place everyone wants to work
People make our brands
We are a people business and we have created and developed the very best place for our people to grow and thrive. As the largest private company in Ireland, we harness and energise a vast array of skills and talents to deliver our ambitions and share in our success. Our people make our brands. From our bakers who get up at 3am to bake fresh bread every day, our drivers who start work at 5am to bring fresh deliveries to retailers seven days a week, to our panel of chefs, dieticians and nutritionists.
When we talk about the people who make our brands, we don’t just mean the people who work directly for Musgrave – we also mean the relationships we have with our retail partners and the local communities they serve, their people and our suppliers.
The success of our business depends on forging long-term relationships with people who share our values and have a commitment to profit with principle.
Best of the best
We run some of the largest and most complex IT and business change projects in Ireland and we have the best people on board to deliver them. We seek out outstanding individuals in business and stretch, challenge, and support them to ensure they meet their career ambitions while enabling us to deliver positive business growth. For example, our trading team is the largest in Ireland and every day they deal with local and international suppliers enabling us to deliver the best available produce to customers.
Together with our retailers we employ more than 45,000 people and in Ireland alone we have 35,000 employees. Across our stores, our offices, our warehouses, and our retailers, we feed 1 in 3 people every day in Ireland. Find out more about a career with Musgrave.
Our Graduate Programme
We are proud of the fact that many people start their careers with us and stay with us throughout their working life. Our Graduate Programme has a strong track record in developing talented leaders for the business. We attribute this to the way in which we embed our graduates within the business, rotating placements so participants can gain a strong commercial sense for our business as a whole.
Former graduates hold roles from director to marketing manager, to financial controller. Our blend of formal and experiential development lays foundations that enable graduates to establish their own brand of success. Find out more about our Graduate Programme.
Ireland’s best truck driver
We’re delighted that a member of the Musgrave team for more than 18 years, Peter O’Neill, won the Best Truck Driver at the 2015 Irish Fleet Transport Awards. Peter is responsible for delivering chilled food to all SuperValu and Centra stores covering the southern half of Ireland, as well as loads from producers. He took on hundreds of applicants in tests ranging from eco-driving to load securing to win the coveted title, saying, ‘I’m thrilled! Winning this award recognises my commitment to what I do and my determination to keep learning and improving even after the best part of 20 years.’
Making it real
We asked Ciara Collins, one of our Musgrave graduates, how she found the Graduate Programme. ‘Our graduate project focused on a commercial business process, which is strategically critical for our retail partners. We worked with IT, Finance and Sales, and applied continuous improvement principles to identify steps to reduce the amount of waste and non-value add activity by over 70%. Since then many of our recommendations have been implemented across the business and I’m delighted to be part of that.’
New skills, new challenges
Since joining Musgrave in 1999 as part of our Finance Graduate Programme, Kerrie Lucey has taken a number of roles across the business. ‘I had real responsibility from my first day as a graduate and the diversity of the programme ensured that I gained a broad foundation of relevant experience,’ says Kerrie. Today Kerrie is Musgrave’s Head of Business Change and is responsible for leading the business change plan around the ‘One Finance 2018’ programme, which is about ensuring that we build a best-in-class finance team that maximises the use of technology to meet the ever-changing needs of the business.
Valuing traditional skills
In a changing world, we value traditional skills. We are proud to say that each of our SuperValu stores has its own butcher, such as Sean Kean, from Davis’ SuperValu Longford who started out as a butcher at 16. ‘Nowadays people want to know the provenance of their meat and how best to cook it. Increasingly we are having discussions about healthy eating and quality with customers, which is great to hear.’
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