Nurturing talent will drive future innovation in retail and foodservice

With our award-winning Graduate Programme now open for applications, our Director for Talent, Learning and Development Anne Rigney talks about how important our early careers programmes are for the business.

Graduate programmes are widely acknowledged to be an excellent opportunity for talented young people to get a step on the career ladder, and gain the skills needed for high-level job roles – and of course they are. At Musgrave we support a talented pool of graduates every year to grow, develop and thrive in careers they are passionate about. They are given significant responsibility from day one, coupled with support from the best managers and mentors in their field, and many of our graduates go on to become managers themselves or even directors at Musgrave.

Nurturing emerging talent is also an extremely important part of what we do at Musgrave, it has huge benefits for our business, and ensures that we remain innovative and nimble in the future.

Retail, wholesale and foodservice are all evolving at pace, and digital technology has completely changed the landscape over the last decade. Early careers talent, like our interns and graduates, are at the very heart of this transformation. They are the generation demanding change – food-to-go, next day delivery, contactless shopping and personalised experiences. They also want food to be sustainable and ethical, healthy and delicious.

When consumers look at our business and brands, they perhaps associate it with traditional aspects like groceries, supermarkets and the food and drink on the shelves. But our business is just as much about innovation and technology today as it is about apples and bread. Everything we do is driven by digital, data and analytics, and our work in innovation is critical to the customer experience.

As Ireland’s largest private sector employer, and a company that turns over more than €4 billion each year, if you join Musgrave you can expect some of the best commercial teams in Ireland to work with, the brightest financial minds to learn from and the biggest IT infrastructure projects to work on. To put it simply, if you think food retail is only about shops and products, then you’d be wrong.

Our early career pathways provide our business not just with talent, but fresh eyes, new ideas and plenty of passion and enthusiasm. So, if you are a 3rd level student with an interest in innovation, digital technology or consumer experience, and a passion for food and drink or sustainability, then you should consider Musgrave as a career option – because we want to hear from you. For further information, visit our Graduate Programme website.

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