Key Information

Our Two year Tulip Management Development Program 

We believe that our graduates help shape our business and the aim of our two year Management Development Programme is to provide participants with the chance to rotate and experience different business situations within a variety of our disciplines. Although, we can also accommodate those who wish to remain in one specific discipline throughout the programme.

Our positions are permanent and at the end of the programme we take participant’s skills, knowledge and behaviours as well business requirements and candidates preference into consideration when allocating future roles and career path.

All participants will take part in team building experiential activities, interactive learning sessions and have the opportunity to obtain the necessary knowledge, and skills required for future supervisor and managerial roles within our business.

Our promotional material providing details of our two year Management Development Programme, is circulated though different methods, including social media, job boards and grad fairs. We are also running a competition to win a years supply of bacon! To take part, simply add your details below and answer the question to enter…. Read more about our programme below and how to apply.



Find out more about our two year Management Development programme and how to apply.

Who's It For?

Our Management Development programme is aimed at those who have a passion for food along with the ambition, initiative, motivation and drive to succeed in a faced paced FMCG business, full of challenges and development opportunities. Graduates should have obtained a 2.1 degree and possess strong numerical and Communications skills, complimented with a pragmatic, flexible approach.

We offer a competitive starting salary with life assurance. Further salary reviews will take place throughout the programme. In addition we provide an excellent My Tulip Rewards discount scheme, offering cash back opportunities as well as discounted rates with lots of restaurants, cinemas, gyms and retailers. We also offer an Award winning equipped for life scheme, offering mini health MOT’s, a best doctors service, health and well-being support.

All our sites are located throughout the UK and have the scope to run both a rotational scheme and a static role, however the two year placement can also incorporate working at numerous sites, and therefore flexibility is key.

Our Programme Format

Getting You Started

You will begin your time with us by spending a full and engaging week on what we call our Farm to Fork experience. Here you will learn about our full supply chain from pig production right through to a product ending up on the shelf at a retailers and get to meet and learn from experienced Managers already working in our business.

The week is designed to build your knowledge in a number of areas as well as understand our Business Unit structure

  • The Commercial environment, the role of New Product Development and the procurement and supply chain process
  • Technical and Legal compliance
  • Farming and Abattoirs
  • Fresh meats and their processing
  • Food Processing & craft products
  • Our Dalehead operation and its unique approach
  • The customers perspective

Learning Your Role

As you move into your first rotation or your static role you will learn and develop through the experience of “doing your job”. This will be a really rich experience and you will be supported by your Line Manager who will guide and challenge you to help you develop. Don’t worry you won’t be on your own! You will also receive regular 121 meetings with your own personal Mentor and the HR Business Partner who supports the business until you are attached to.

This individual support will help you review your experiences and learning. Additionally your Mentor is there to share their own experiences with you to broaden and strengthen your own development. On your first day with us we will share some approaches that you can use to gain the maximum benefit from your Mentoring and other 121 sessions you have.

If you are on the rational scheme, the 2 mandatory rotations you will experience will be our Operational and Supply Chain functions where you will gain an understanding of;


  • Manufacturing and KPIs
  • Quality and cost reduction
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Managing teams
  • Leading others

Supply Chain

  • Planning process
  • Logistics
  • Internal customer service
  • Understanding the whole supply chain
  • Maximising flow and efficiency in the factory
  • MRP

Towards the end of your first year with us, your HR Business Partner will start discussing with you options for your 2nd year rotations which you can choose.

Structured Workshops

Once you have started to get into the swing of your first rotation your series of structured workshops will start. You will have the opportunity to work with a broader group of people in our business at these sessions. Workshops will take place at different sites throughout the Tulip Group so we give you maximum opportunity to experience and learn from our other Business Units. You will have the opportunity to experience a site tour and a business awareness session presented by a senior manager.

The aim of our structured workshops is to allow you to explore current thinking and models with an experienced facilitator in the areas of personal impact, management and leadership and organisational change. You will gain many useful tools and techniques that will underpin the way you handle future work challenges. There is an action planning process for you to work with following each workshop that you will present back on at future sessions.

We will also challenge you to participate in a charity fund raising event which will test and develop your team working skills. The final workshop will involve you delivering a presentation to Senior Managers at Tulip about your learning and impact (but don’t worry we will give you training and support to get you really ready for this). Structured workshops include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Communicating with impact
  • Working effectively with others
  • Maximising your own and others performance

The full schedule of workshops will be given to you on your first day with us.

We will also support you to gain an Industry recognised qualification during this time so you have some hard and fast evidence of your achievements and personal development.

The Outdoor Experience

In your second year with us you will participate in an exciting outdoor challenge event. This is designed to really test and challenge you to perform in a range of activities that you may never have encountered before (as well as be some fun!) This is a facilitated event that aims to really push you to achieve, it is also a fully observed event so you will end up with some really detailed and useful feedback to take your development you to the next level.

And finally we will be encouraging you to engage with our Resource Library so you can enhance your own development in a continued and very targeted way.

We hope that you will find this a stimulating and challenging learning experience that really helps to get your career with us off to a great start.

How to Apply

We attend a number of careers events across the UK, throughout the year and advertise on major job boards.

To apply today, please follow the below link, click Apply and complete the short application form:

Apply for our Management Development Programme

Our application process involves verbal and numerical testing along with personality profiling. Those applicants that go through to the next stage will take part in a skype interview and those applicants shortlisted will be invited to attend our very own assessment process that will take place in February 2018. This day involves candidates participating in several group exercises, delivering a presentation and attending an interview during which, we will evaluate behaviours, knowledge and skills. The whole experience provides the candidates a chance to demonstrate to us that they have what it takes to join our team.

Meet a Graduate

Sophie Cave - Demand Planning

Sophie attended University of the west of England and obtained a Business Studies degree. Sophie joined Tulip’s graduate programme and began her learning journey in our Supply Chain team in June 2014. Sophie worked on various projects, including one relating to dolav’s. Sophie’s was tasked with identifying efficiencies and any cost saving initiatives.

More recently Sophie has progressed into our demand planning department and will be supporting the team with a number of change management projects. Sophie’s determination and self-motivation supports her success along with her flexibility and ability to embrace change.

Chris Gill - Technical

At the age of 28, Chris now manages the technical side of Tulip’s site in Redruth and is currently involved in a major upgrading project which calls on all the skills that he has accumulated since joining the company in 2009 – straight out of Durham Uni. Chris has made rapid progression throughout the company in part because the right opportunities have come up at the right time and in part because as a member of the technical team, he has been exposed to different areas of the business very quickly.

“I joined Tulip with a BSc in Biology and a Master’s in Management,” says Chris. “I didn’t want to work in London so I applied for schemes throughout the UK. My dad had heard of Tulip because he used to work in the food industry.”

Lucy Anson - Assistant Category Manager

After completing her degree in Geography, Lucy started her life in Tulip at the head office in Warwick working with the commercial team. She then moved into category management and is now Assistant Category Manager.

“Being a committed foodie, I wanted to get into the food industry but didn’t have a food degree. I discovered that the Tulip Graduate Scheme is more flexible than most in that applicants don’t have to apply for a specific role and that a food qualification isn’t a requirement.”

Lucy says that she knew very little about the food industry when she left university – and knew even less about pork. Now, however, she interfaces with one of Tulip’s major customers, analysing product performance and providing merchandising support.

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