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Jobs are Plentiful in the Agri Industry for Graduates

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Jobs are Plentiful in the Agri Industry for Graduates

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 

Jobs are Plentiful in the Agri Industry for Graduates

Minister Coveney recently commented at UCD’s Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition Careers Day, that about one in nine jobs in Ireland is now linked to agriculture, food, food retail and nutrition.

He said the sector is “looking for talent, it’s looking for ambition, and we have a whole new generation in my view who are going to further transform our agri-food, food and nutrition sectors over the next 10 years in a way that’s really exciting, and in a way that will reaffirm this sector as by far the most important sector in the Irish economy.”

Mary Phelan writes in the Irish Farmers Journal about a number of companies recruiting in the sector for both graduate and internship positions. A number of full time job opportunities across a range of areas within the companies are also available.


Randox is looking to hire at least 35 graduates this year. Randox’s two-year graduate development programme provides an insight into a variety of roles and departments. Randox says it accepts graduates from all disciplines.

The company will also be taking on a significant number of students on placement (last year 33 students were given such placements, across a range of disciplines such as business, engineering and science).

Randox is also developing a manufacturing plant in Donegal which will see 540 positions created up to 2020. It will be looking for scientists, engineers and logistical and support staff.

Current job opportunities with Randox include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Phlebotomists

To view a full list of vacancies click here.

Liffey Meats

Liffey Meats has trainee supervisor positions available on the factory floor in procurement. The meat processor also has positions in sales, quality control, product development and packaging.

The company didn’t clarify how many positions exactly are available but it is accepting CVs all the time, saying there is no closing date for such positions but it is envisaged the roles will begin in September.

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Glanbia are offering excellent career opportunities with their 2015 ‘PURE AMBITION’ Graduate Programme, for high-performing Agricultural Science Graduates in the area of Agribusiness Branch Management who wish to pursue a career in a challenging and fast moving environment.

The company are actively recruiting for qualified graduates of Agricultural Science to join a two year Agribusiness Graduate Programme. The company outlines that the role will suit highly motivated, flexible and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about agriculture.

The closing date for applications is Friday March 13th 2015.

For more information on how to apply click here.

Grant Thornton Accountancy firm

Grant Thornton has very strong links with the agri-industry as many of its clients are focused on food and farming. The firm took on 70 graduates last year and some of these came from ag science/agri-business.

The company say that the ag science/agri-business graduates that come into the business do very well as they are involved in drafting proposals for clients at a real level.

The company are now recruiting for their 2015 Internship programme. Details are available here.


Alltech is taking applications for its beef career development programme. The 12-month programme begins in September and candidates will be placed in Europe, mainly in Germany, Spain and Italy so, not surprisingly, a foreign language is an advantage.

Applications open on 1 April and close on 31 May. Alltech also has a dairy career development programme running at the moment which took on four people last year who were placed in China, Turkey, Vietnam and the US. 

Alltech also has a general graduate career development programme which is broader as candidates could be based in animal health and nutrition, life sciences, crop sciences, algae, or the brewing and distilling division, which is relatively new in Ireland. Its 12 places are already filled for 2015 but that includes just one Irish person. The starting date is September 2016 and applications will be accepted from April 2016.

Farm machinery manufacturers Samco will also be hiring after the harvest in November/December.

Explore the Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food sector in Ireland including career videos, articles and information from sector experts Teagasc.


The CareersPortal Team