Key Information

Our Two year Tulip Management Development Program – Starting Sept 2017

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, circulated though different methods, including social media, job boards and grad fairs, advertised that you can win a microwave full of our tasty Rapid Rashers. 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 from Cornwall to the West Midlands and have the scope to run both schemes however, the two year placement can also incorporate working at numerous sites, and therefore flexibility is key.

Our Programme format


Upon joining our Management Development programme, delegates will participate in our corporate induction and then embark on our farm to fork tour starting at our head office in Warwick. The week’s learning will involve experiencing the full supply chain from pig production, through to retailer delivery of finished product.

Two year programme starting September 2017

As well as participating in day to day operational activities, gaining valuable knowledge and a variety of skills, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a strategic plan, design business processes, and manage a strategic change and budgets. In addition lead, challenge, influence, negotiate and problem solve.

We provide all graduates with full mentoring support throughout the programme and regular performance management meetings.

Experiential team building events

Participants will take will take part in two facilitated events where they can acquire, shape, enhance or demonstrate and share their commercial acumen, networking, leadership, influencing, time management and problem solving skills. Equally allowing everyone to exhibit their innovation and entrepreneurial flair.

Project work 

Work on projects designed to and enable participants to gain or enhance their business knowledge, demonstrate their skills by engaging and influencing significant numbers of people as well as implement the agreed outcomes / solutions. During which they can strengthen their professional networks, who could be external as well as internal stakeholders.

Facilitated Interactive Learning Modules and Master Classes

Each session is a residential module and will take place in one of our manufacturing plants. Designed so that participants will have the opportunity to visit and experience different parts of our fast paced business. Each session will consist of structured soft skills training and interactive sessions with Leaders of our business that aims to provide additional opportunities to network, refine behaviours and learn valuable tools and techniques.

  • Personal accountability and collaboration [PDR, Discipline & Grievance, Leadership styles / people]
  • Conflict resolution, interpersonal and negotiation
  • Creative thinking and presentations

Industry recognised qualification

Participants will be able to underpin their learning and experiences by gaining an industry recognised management and leadership qualification.


During the final module participants will present their learnings to a panel of key stakeholders (e.g. CEO, Group HR Director, Head of Learning and Development) which will be followed by an end of course award ceremony and dinner.

By the end of the programme participants should be equipped to deal with future challenges and have a fantastic successful career with us.

How to Apply

We attend a number of careers events across the UK, throughout the year and advertise on major job boards. To view and apply for our Management Development programme please go to our job search.

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 at one of our manufacturing plants. 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 gf.

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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