UCD Management Development Programme 2018-2019

Since beginning in 2016, the Dawn Meats Management Development programme run by University College Dublin has welcomed over 100 cohorts. The programme is custom designed to offer trainees the opportunity to develop industry specific management skills in leadership, communication, innovation and lean business principles. The 2018-2019 participants from Dawn Meats and Dunbia undertook 8 modules in total, from professional development planning and time management to maximising influence.


Huw Smith, of Dawn Meats Group HR said; The Dawn Meats, Dunbia and UCD Management Development Programme combines the latest in academic research with the applied experience of managing a fast-paced dynamic agri-food business.  As such, the completion of this course should be the aspiration of all of our future business leaders and a milestone in their careers’.


Professor Dolores O’Riordan Director of UCD’s Institute of Food and Health and Vice-President for Global Engagement at UCD said:


“This is our third year working in close collaboration with Dawn Meats Group, to design and deliver a bespoke programme to further develop the skill set of graduates working in industry. The programme is designed help the graduates to address the global challenges facing the agri-food industry such as economic and environmental sustainability, food safety and healthy diets. It focused on developing the skill sets of leadership, negotiation, communication and project management to ensure the graduates would take a leadership role to address these challenges’.


The programme has proved to be invaluable to both trainees and the business alike and will continue to develop future leaders of the company in years to come.


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.


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.

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.

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. 

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. 

New Product Development

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

Livestock procurement

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

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.

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.

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.