We’re a family-owned company and a global leader in the food industry, creating consistent quality meat products from sustainable sources for some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and food service providers. With 13 sites throughout the UK, Dunbia is a division of Dawn Meats employing over 5,200 people. Our passion for quality and innovation drives our rapid growth, and we’re looking for ambitious graduates like you to join our team.

Imagine being part of a company that values integrity, trust, and creating better food naturally. By investing in innovation and sustainability, we aspire to become a key partner for new and existing customers. We welcome and encourage the fresh ideas, enthusiasm and energy new graduates bring to Dunbia.

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With no pre-conceived ideas and no limit on your career path, we offer talented, ambitious and hard-working individuals a range of careers in a fast paced, dynamic business environment. The programme is structured to provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills and experiences over a range of disciplines in a two-year period.

With us you will receive:

We will support you to grow professionally, with a structured training programme, 1:1 coaching, dedicated mentors and on the job training. The programme provides quality training with hands-on involvement ensuring our graduates are equipped to take on future leadership roles within the company.

Our graduate programme allows you to experience different areas of the business, broadening your horizons and giving you exposure to new environments and the chance to explore new challenges. Our programme leads to a fast-tracked position of responsibility resulting in a successful, fulfilling and long-term career at Dunbia.

You will have the opportunity to learn from our team of passionate and knowledgeable people. We value our graduates; you will become a respected team member with everyone willing you to succeed.

Alongside our structured training programme, we provide residential offsite training and team building to further enhance your skills, ensuring you stay ahead of the game. We invest in our people to develop the skills necessary to become future managers of Dunbia.

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As part of our vision, we challenge and support our people to realise their full potential as part of our high-performance team. We thrive to create an engaging place to work, there’s never a dull day at Dunbia. Charity events, awareness days, competitions and giveaways fill our weeks throughout the year to engage with our people and our offsite team building event is a calendar highlight for our new graduates.

We invest in our team at every step of their career. Continuous development and training are central to the programme, we work closely with recognised Management Development Institutes in Ireland and the UK to develop our Graduates as managers of the future.  We set you up to follow in the footsteps of many of our senior management team who themselves entered through the graduate programme.

"Our graduates are an important part of our business at a day to day level, but also in how we plan for the future. We want the brightest minds with the best ideas who can ensure our ongoing progress towards becoming Europe’s most sustainable meat company. Many of the senior management team, myself included, have come through the programme, demonstrating the opportunities for career progression. I would encourage graduates who are considering their future to apply today."
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Accounting & Finance

Gain a robust understanding in all aspects of the Finance Function with support at every step of the way to attain the professional qualifications needed to become a finance leader of the future. 

Mechanical Engineering

As an engineering graduate you will be hands on and, on the go, working in a fast paced, busy environment overseeing electrical, mechanical and automation projects in a food manufacturing business.


This varied role will provide you with an opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the Environmental department and participate in continuous improvement projects within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.

Food Safety & Quality

A hands-on opportunity to understand and impact on food safety, quality and animal welfare across a fast-paced food manufacturing environment. Ensuring legislative compliance, customer excellence and continuous improvement.

Human Resources

As your skills and knowledge develop over time, you will get involved in all aspects of HR within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment and your responsibility will increase.

Livestock procurement

An exciting opportunity to learn about all areas of livestock procurement within the business, gaining a full understanding of production and operations.

New Product Development

You will be involved in supporting and managing the NPD process to ensure new and re-developed products are launched successfully. 

Operations & Commercial

Work in a fast-paced food manufacturing environment gaining a hands-on experience across all aspects of operations, production and commercial with a focus on continuous improvement. 

Retail National Account Management

This exciting role will see you gain a wide range of business experience skills, providing support to major UK retail supermarket customer accounts. 


Working across key areas such as supply chain, animal welfare, and sustainable agriculture, you will get involved in all aspects of the agriculture and research and development areas within the business.