Why Choose HR?
HR is about more than just helping your employees, fundamentally it is about helping the business to drive towards its commercial objectives. During 2 years on scheme you will split your time in half experiencing the different challenges facing our commercial and operations teams. The roles will allow you to explore two Grocery Businesses gaining a wide understanding of the fast-paced world of FMCG. During your scheme, you’ll receive core management training alongside HR-specific development and can start a fully-funded CIPD Level 5 qualification.
What will you be doing?
One thing for sure, life in HR is busy, dynamic and ever changing.
You could be spending time:
Influencing senior stakeholders on policy changes,
Conducting Investigatory meetings,
Root Cause analysis on issue such as absence figures,
Planning structural changes to teams to maximise their performance for the business,
Listening, advising and questioning line managers.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people who are more than just passionate about helping people grow and develop. We want proactive individuals who can think logically to support problem solving within our teams. Our HR teams are commercially aware of the wider business context and think creatively about how HR can best support the business to get to where it is going. If you are excited about the opportunities that the food manufacturing industry offers, and are driven to make processes continuously better, to put ABF ahead of the crowd, we want to hear from you.
What do our Grads Say?
Being a HR Trainee Business Partner, is fulfilling in many different ways. Having only worked in HR since last September, it’s a brand new experience for me and so far I’m enjoying every minute of it with ABF. I initially expected HR to be process-driven, and people-centric. My experience so far with ABWF has pleasantly surprised me in the sense that we aren’t restricted by processes, and are encouraged to be pragmatic and autonomous in our roles. The cross-functional interaction with a wide range of people, and the direct business partnering I engage in with our Sales function, are what I enjoy most about my role. Naturally, business partnering senior stakeholders and influencing some key business and people decisions are big challenges but the outputs are very rewarding. One of my main responsibilities this year has been to lead our succession planning in the Sales function. I have a close understanding of our people’s potential within ABF and engage with senior managers to ensure we are planning for the future effectively. The prospect of my future within HR and ABF, I think looks bright. I’m looking forward to experiencing HR in an Operational environment, and seeing where my career in HR progresses! Alice Power 2017 Graduate
No two ABF graduate schemes are the same, I think that is something that is so unique and rewarding about being a graduate at ABF. My journey has taken me from procurement, to manufacturing and I even spent 9 months working on our Brexit contingency planning! I've learned a massive amount during my time in ABF and have developed both personally and professionally.
I had completed some great summer internships during my summers and spent three fantastic years studying Philosophy at the University of York, and I was ready for a new challenge in the world of work. I knew I wanted to join the FMCG industry- an exciting and fast-paced industry.
After completing my degree in Chemical Engineering, I joined the ABF Grocery Engineering graduate scheme in 2015. The 3 main reasons behind me applying to ABF were: the variety of businesses and roles, the commitment to grads post-scheme and most importantly my love of food!
We offer 7 different graduate schemes, each offering fantastic opportunity and development. Click below to find out more about what we have to offer in ABF Grocery!