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2022 Graduate Project Management Europe

We are Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company. We understand that consumers want delicious products made from trusted, authentic foods and flavours . Every day millions of people throughout the world consume foods and beverages containing our taste and nutrition solutions. We add protein to your post workout shake, we reduce sugar, while maintaining great taste and we have the know–how to replace the "baddies" in foods with wholesome ingredients. Join us and be part of the future of food.


Role Location


Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland


*Please be advised that the role location is subject to change at any stage of the recruitment lifecycle. Kerry's Graduate Programme operates on the basis that candidates are globally mobile*.




Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading and proprietary consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,000+ food scientists and local manufacturing footprint in 31 countries enable us to co-create with our customers across over 150 countries.  At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030.


Description & Responsibilities:


First and foremost, we look for hardworking, analytical and curious individuals who want to be pushed outside of their comfort zone. Reporting to the a Programme Manager, this opportunity is for you if you have an innate curiosity in understanding how our business works and rigor in getting answers to questions. We offer you the opportunity in having a significant part to play in strategic projects which will deliver impact and results that drive our business. The role will be based in our European Global Technology & Innovation Centre in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland but given the nature of our projects, candidates must be flexible with regards travel and relocation for this role.


•    Manage specific projects or significant workstreams throughout their lifecycle including scoping, planning, executing and reporting
•    Support the wider PM function in the definition of project/workstream scope, goals, objectives and deliverables
•    Lead the development of project plans, identifying project tasks, deliverables, milestones, and resourcing requirements
•    Develop and/or review estimates and estimating assumptions for the project’s schedule, effort, and cost
•    Work with the project sponsor to define team member roles and expectations. Ensure that project resources receive any necessary training
•    Monitor progress against agreed milestones and provide regular updates to all stakeholders
•    Manage risks and issues ensuring that each risk/issue has an owner, clearly defined impact, and mitigating actions (as required)
•    Build and manage relationships with stakeholders and coordinate work between different teams at different locations
•    Conduct, anlayse and share post implementation reviews and lessons learned and drive the development of projects playbooks as appropriate 
•    Support the identification and management of interdependencies with other projects and strategies within Middle Office and the wider organisation
•    Support the early identification of technology impacts in collaboration with Kerryconnect 
•    Support cross project knowledge across related projects and best practice sharing and standardisation across the business
•    Play a proactive role in the promotion and development of project management (KDM) methods and standards, and implementation of good PM practice 

Desirable Attributes:
•    Minimum 2:1 degree in a business-related discipline
•    Eligibility to work in the EU without visa restrictions
•    Key competencies required: critical thinking, decision-making, influencing, project planning, negotiation and stakeholder management 
•    Ability to think critically and apply appropriate levels of challenge to workstream plans, risks, issues and dependencies
•    A can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile when required 
•    Good interpersonal skills and ability to influence, persuade, encourage, collaborate, motivate and coach peers – forging strong and effective working relationships 
•    Teamwork approach with effective stakeholder management skills and ability to collaborate and work effectively with and through people at all levels in an organisation 
•    Flexible and adaptable; able to work in ambiguous situations 
•    Exceptional problem-solving skills
•    Proven record of delivering on projects and achievement of results
•    Motivated self-starter with the determination and drive to succeed
•    Excellent time management and organizational skills
•    Strong leadership and communication skills
•    Excellent IT skills, particularly in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
•    Willingness to travel or relocate across the global Kerry organisation is a key requirement


Joining us means being supported by, and learning from, talented people who really care about what they do. You’ll get bags of responsibility early on, and we’ll be open to your ideas. And because we’re always looking to the future, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. Our current CEO joined us as a grad. How far will you go?

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