Key Information

The Tulip Graduate Programme


Are you ready to meat success?

We are searching for talented graduates who have the potential to be future leaders in our business.

As part of our rotational programme you will take part in four unique placements across two years. This will give you the chance to understand everything we do.

Graduate positions are permanent and we will support you in securing a fast-tracked role within our business.

If rotating around the business doesn’t sound right for you, we do have a number of direct-entry, static graduate roles, which can be found here.

Applications are now closed for the September 2019 intake.

What we bring to the table

  • £25,000 starting salary
  • Sponsorship for a professional qualification
  • Discounts on retail, food, cinema, travel and much more
  • Expert mentoring
  • Bespoke coaching
  • Wellbeing support
  • Great food!


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

Who it's for

Our graduate 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 (or be expecting to obtain) a 2.1 degree by September 2019 and possess strong numerical and communications skills, complimented with a pragmatic, flexible approach.

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.

You must be comfortable working in a manufacturing environment.

How it works

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. This is also a great opportunity to meet the other graduates on your cohort!

Placement Structure – Rotational Graduates

If you are a rotational graduate, each placement typically lasts six months, and you will be supported every step of the way.  Your line manager will guide and challenge you to help you develop.

You will also receive regular 1-2-1 meetings with your own personal mentor and HR Business Partners.

There are a number of exciting placements available for you to choose and you will be undertaking a range of high-level projects that will influence the way we do business.

Direct-entry Graduate Roles

You may choose to join our business as a direct-entry graduate, and will be taking part in the development programme whilst in a static role.

You can find direct-entry roles suitable for graduates on our vacancies page: www.tulipltd.co.uk/careers/job-search/

Structured Workshops

After your first few weeks with us your series of structured workshops will start. You will once again get to meet your graduate colleagues and the senior managers within our business.

The aim of our structured workshops is to allow you to develop skills in  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.

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

The Outdoor Experience

In your second year with us you and your graduate colleagues 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!)

Industry-recognised qualification

We will sponsor you to undertake an industry-recognised qualification that will support your desired career path.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for the September 2019 intake.

The application process is as follows:

Stage one: An initial application form that tells us a bit more about you and why you want to work for us.

Stage two: Online testing including verbal and numerical assessments and personality profiling.

Stage three: Skype interviews on a day and time that works for you.

Stage four: Assessment centre

Stage five: Offers made! Successful candidates will be made an offer by April 2019 with the view of starting in September 2019.


If you have any further questions about the graduate programme please email: recruitment@tulipltd.co.uk

We’d be happy to hear from you!

Meet a Graduate


Mert joined Tulip as a graduate back in 2011.

He has been very successful within the business and he is now a Procurement Manager.

Mert has enjoyed the variety of being a graduate, and has worked in a number of different departments during his time, such as planning and meat purchasing.

He says that his favourite part of his journey has been the change within the business, which he expects will continue over the coming years.

‘Be part of the change!’


Jennifer joined Tulip in 2017 as a HR graduate.

She has been involved in a wide range of high-level projects, including looking at HR processes and managing engagement activities.

Jennifer’s favourite thing about the Tulip Graduate Programme is attending the regular structured workshops, where she can network with other Tulip graduates and see their professional development, as well as her own.

Her one piece of advice would be ‘make the most of everything!’


Tom joined Tulip as a graduate in June 2017, after completing a degree in Business Management.

He describes himself as a ‘real foodie’ so Tulip was the perfect choice for him!

Recently Tom had the opportunity to speak at the Top 60 conference, which is made up of the top sixty leaders at Tulip. It is one of the things he is most proud of.

His advice for graduates is to ‘get stuck in and be enthusiastic!’

Megan Royle - Rotational Graduate

Megan joined the rotational graduate programme on 4th September 2017 and has already gained a wealth of experience.

Her first placements so far have been based in Operations and HR. Megan is now getting ready for her third placement in the Category Insight Team in Warwick – variety is the spice of life!

Her advice to prospective graduates is “Apply to the graduate programme! You’ll be surprised with the variety of roles available within the business”.

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