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Here at Danone, we believe that your future holds no limits and we'll provide a world of opportunities for you to embrace.

Whether you join us on one of our graduate programmes or in one of our other graduate vacancies, you'll be at the cutting edge of our business, playing a key role from the start.

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Our Graduate Programmes

Marketing & Sales

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On our sales and marketing programme, you will spend a year in sales and a year in marketing. During this time you will get close to our consumers and understand how to build and develop market-leading brands.

Nutrition

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Securing a place on our Graduate Nutrition programme could see you working at the very hub of nutritional innovation, research, quality and education to guarantee that our products are the 'the best in class'.

Business Partnering

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This programme will give you real breadth and insight across the business, working on live projects and covering business areas ranging from supply chain to finance to human resources.

Sophie Springgay

Category Marketing

I contribute to a variety of
business needs; analysing
sales data, implementing
our marketing strategies
in-store, helping to improve
the baby category offering
on Asda.com and helping
to organise events within
Asda stores.

Jack Read

Medical Sales

My main responsibility is
to build relationships and
deliver educational updates
to professionals who,
through their roles, provide
advice to consumers on our
products. This also
encompasses attending
national exhibitions and
orchestrating
informative
study events.

Eleni Michaloutsou

Business Planning
Analyst

I am a Business Planning Analyst
in the Early Life Nutrition, looking
after the reporting and working
very closely with Sales as the
key user of two sales systems.
Working in such a cross-
functional role, it has enabled
me to work with different
functions and personalities
and develop professionally
and personally.

Career development

Inspiring your personal growth and professional development is part of our DNA. That's why we offer our graduates bespoke learning plans incorporating both formal and on-the-job training as well as coaching and mentoring opportunities.

We are committed to growing our talent, with a worldwide objective to fill 80% of our job roles internally. Nearly all of our directors are home grown.

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Recruitment Process

Eligibility Criteria

Sales & Marketing, Business
Partnering & Direct Hire

  • At least a 2:1 degree classification in any discipline
  • A minimum of 320 UCAS points
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Nutrition

  • At least a 2:1 degree classification in Nutrition or Dietetics
  • A minimum of 300 UCAS points
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Benefits

Bringing our sense of purpose around health to life in our work place

  • Occupational health advice and annual nurse-led health MOTs
  • Flu shots
  • Workshops on nutrition and wellbeing
  • Fitness classes
  • Massages
  • Free water, yogurt and fruit every day

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Our Graduate Programmes

Online Application Form

This is your first opportunity to show your fit with our values. As part of the application form, you will have 4 CODE questions to respond to which are designed to seek evidence around some key behaviours and attitudes needed to grow successfully within Danone.

Numerical And Verbal Testing

If your application is successful, we will invite you to complete SHL reasoning tests. These consist of a 25 minute numerical test and a 19 minute verbal test.

Danone Leadership Academy

60 applicants are invited to attend this intense yet highly rewarding two day event. This will provide you with a great opportunity to learn more about what it's like to work here whilst helping you be at your best. Everybody will receive comprehensive feedback to help you succeed moving forward.

Direct Hire And Placement Positions

Online Application Form

This is your first opportunity to show your fit with our values. As part of the application form, you will have 4 CODE questions to respond to which are designed to seek evidence around some key behaviours and attitudes needed to grow successfully within Danone.

Numerical And Verbal Testing

If your application is successful, we will invite you to complete SHL reasoning tests. These consist of a 25 minute numerical test and a 19 minute verbal test.

A Competency Based Interview And Case Study

The competency Interview is one on one and you will be tested on different behaviours and attitudes. The tailor made case study is designed to test your functional and CODE competencies that are needed for the role and to ensure your success at Danone.

Do You Share Our Values?

From our values, Hope, we have built a set of behaviours called Code. Values are the beliefs we hold internally and Code behaviours are how we demonstrate and bring these values to life externally. We look for evidence of these behaviours throughout the selection process.

Humanism "People are at the heart
of all our decisions"

Openness "Diversity is a source of wealth
and change, a constant opportunity"

Proximity "Unstoppable together"

Enthusiasm "There are no limits...
only obstacles to be overcome"

Committed To build an ambitious future
Spot new opportunities Thrive on being taken out of your comfort zone

Open To learn and share with others
Be truly curious Work collaboratively

Doer To deliver results in the right way
Take responsibility Overcome obstacles to deliver

Empowered To energise and grow people
Demonstrate passion for what you do Learn from your experiences

On top of the £28,500 base salary, we have a stretch bonus
plan achieved by completing your targets.

Our 5% bonus with stretch to 10% has three main elements:

  • Economic
    performance
  • Collective
    social objectives
  • Personal
    objectives

Events

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What You Want To Know

  1. I have checked the available vacancies online but there don't seem to be any specific roles relevant to me. What else can I do?
  2. I have applied for a position before. Can I apply again?
  3. Can I apply for roles outside the UK?
  4. What are the different graduate opportunities available?
  5. How many graduates are you looking for?
  6. Does having a disability affect my application?
  7. What qualities do you look for in an applicant?
  8. Can I choose an area of the business to begin with?
  9. Does Danone recruit graduates through Milkround?
  10. Can I apply to this year's Graduate Programme if I had already submitted an application last year?
  11. Can I apply if I don’t meet the academic criteria?
  12. What does the selection process involve?
  13. As a graduate, what training and development can I expect?
  14. I’ve already graduated. Can I still apply for a graduate position?
  15. Can I apply if I require a work permit/certificate of sponsorship?

I have checked the available vacancies online but there don't seem to be any specific roles relevant to me. What else can I do?

New graduate opportunities arise in Danone throughout the year. If there are no relevant positions currently available, we would still like to hear from you on a speculative basis. You can forward your CV to: careers.ukireland@danone.com

I have applied for a position before. Can I apply again?

If you did not get through the initial assessment centre, we will provide you with feedback that explains why and whether we would encourage you to apply again.

Can I apply for roles outside the UK?

To see our worldwide list of graduate vacancies, you can access www.danone.com

What are the different graduate opportunities available?

Danone UK offers two forms of graduate opportunity. You will either be recruited into an existing role, e.g. Assistant Brand Manager, Territory Manager or Category Executive, where you’ll be immersed in the role and specific function from day one. Alternatively, you can join one of our graduate rotation programmes, based at our offices near Bath or in London, Ealing Broadway. Under this programme, you'll take on two placements, which will expose you to different functions across two categories.

How many graduates are you looking for?

We recruit around 30 graduates and 20 placement students per year into the business.

Does having a disability affect my application?

At Danone we’re committed to encouraging diversity. Any information you provide will enable us to make reasonable adjustments. If you have a disability or any special requirements which should be taken into account, please let us know as part of your application.

What qualities do you look for in an applicant?

There’s no single type of person who succeeds at Danone, but we do look for people with something special to offer. We’re looking for people who have a passion for excellence and achieving results. You’ll need the ability to challenge and influence others, along with the capacity to adapt to new and different situations. The ability to build strong and effective relationships and to inspire and motivate the others are also assessed.. We look for evidence of these behaviours and skills throughout the selection process, so when you’re preparing for the assessment centre, you should consider how and when you’ve demonstrated these specific behaviours, skills and attitudes. Examples can be drawn from your academic work, hobbies, part-time jobs or extracurricular activities.

Can I choose an area of the business to begin with?

You can certainly indicate the area of the business you aspire to work in if you have a preference. However, we understand that sometimes, the career path you want to take may not be clear so as part of the assessment process, we aim to give you career guidance based on your strengths exhibited.

Does Danone recruit graduates through Milkround?

Yes. Application to our graduate programme runs to October of each year. However, new graduate opportunities arise in Danone throughout the year. If there are no relevant positions currently available, we would still like to hear from you on a speculative basis.

Can I apply to this year's Graduate Programme if I had already submitted an application last year?

We thank you for your interest in the scheme. If you have applied to our graduate scheme within the last 12 months and were unsuccessful, we will provide you with feedback that explains why and whether we would encourage you to apply for the following year’s scheme.

Can I apply if I don’t meet the academic criteria?

Our entry criteria are at least a 2:1 degree classification in any discipline and a minimum of 320 UCAS points (sales and marketing /business partner programmes and direct hire) and a minimum of 300 UCAS points (nutrition programme).

What does the selection process involve?

You should begin by submitting your CV and completing our application form. After this pre-screen, successful applicants are then invited to undertake psychometric testing. Upon successful completion of the tests, you will be invited to join us at one of our assessment centres which include a range of exercises, including interview and group exercises.

As a graduate, what training and development can I expect?

Along with all of our graduates, you will complete a structured induction period where you will learn about yourself as well as the business. You’ll be given a personalised, individual development plan, based on information gathered from the assessment centre. Alongside this, you will be provided with regular feedback and learning support and training to develop the skills and expertise for you to grow within the business.

I’ve already graduated. Can I still apply for a graduate position?

Yes. We’d welcome your application if you’ve already graduated or if you’re studying for a postgraduate qualification. If you’ve already got significant work experience or professional qualifications, you can also review the careers section of our website dedicated to candidates with work experience.

Can I apply if I require a work permit/certificate of sponsorship?

Danone is only able to recruit individuals who are eligible to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sponsorship for any applicants who are non-EEA nationals. For more information, please refer to the UKBA website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

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Sales And Marketing

MEDICAL SALES 2015

£28,500 + BONUS + BENEFITS

At Danone you'll be part of a second to none Medical Sales graduate programme undertaking a two year placement across a number of UK locations.

During this placement you will be assigned a real role and territory within the business with true responsibility and accountability, developing your commercial acumen and key business competencies. You will become a trusted partner for a diverse group of health care professionals, leading and educating on the role nutrition can play within the first one thousand days (from conception to toddler hood).

This programme is a great springboard for any career. Following the graduate programme, you could evolve to work in a number of functions including medical affairs, medical marketing or one of the other commercial functions within Danone.

Closing - 22/01/2015

UK LOCATIONS

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Sales & Marketing 2015 - closed

£28,500 + bonus + benefits

This role is now closed as the application deadline was 31st October.

Closing - 31/10/2014

London/Trowbridge

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Nutrition

Nutrition 2015 - closed

£28,500 + bonus + benefits

This role is now closed as the application deadline was 31st October.

Closing - 31/10/2014

London/Trowbridge

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Business Partnering

Business Partnering 2015 - closed

£28,500 + bonus + benefits

This role is now closed as the application deadline was 31st October.

Closing - 31/10/2014

London/Trowbridge

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Placement & Direct Hire

Sales Placement - start asap

£17,000 - £20,000

This is a 6month - 1 year opportunity for an industrial placement student or a recent graduate to join our Sales team within the Danone Dairy business to start as soon as possible.

Closing - 22/12/2014

Ealing, London

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Order-to-Cash co-ordinator

£28,500 + Bonus + Benefits

This is a great opportunity to start in the Danone Water supply chain team. Some main tasks would include:
*Co-ordinate order placement and management of deliveries to all DWUK customers.
*Liaise, communicate and resolve issues arising from 3rd party providers and lead process improvements.
*Key point of contact for Order to Cash related queries within external and internal customer base.
*Deliver on all designated KPI’s and communicate and animate these throughout the wider OTC team.
*Effectively communicate with external and internal key stakeholders.
*Optimisation of order to delivery process by identification of opportunities to minimise Supply Chain costs within our customer base.

Closing - 22/12/2014

Ealing, London

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