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Musgrave: deserving winners at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards

Taking place in the Mansion House on 25th April, Musgrave went home with three awards

Matt O Callaghan: “Winning these awards is a real recognition of how far our graduate programme has come.”

Matt O Callaghan: “Winning these awards is a real recognition of how far our graduate programme has come.”


Musgrave won three awards for their Musgrave Graduate Programme at the recent gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards. The company was recognised in three categories: Graduate Employer of the Year – up to 40 intake, Best Graduate Training and Development Programme – Business/Management, and the silver award for Best Graduate Recruitment Website for

“Winning these awards is a real recognition of how far our graduate programme has come,” said Matt O’Callaghan, group human resources director. “We have spent significant time and investment improving our graduate programme, and over the last two years applications have risen by more than 25 per cent.” 

“We have been able to add new programmes focused on the digital and technology side of retail and wholesale, and we are always pleased to see that the majority of graduates stay within the business after their programme ends, which is a testament to the culture and values we have, and our commitment to making Musgrave a healthy and happy place to work.”

We have an ambitious 2025 vision for redefining food retail and transforming wholesale

Chris Martin, group chief executive of Musgrave, explains: “At Musgrave, investing in and developing new talent within our business is critical to our future vision for the business. Retail is a fast-paced industry and today it is evolving rapidly with the explosion in digital technology and changing food trends.” 

“As a business we have an ambitious 2025 vision for redefining food retail and transforming wholesale, and our employees are using their passion, energy and expertise to deliver on this. I think this is an extremely exciting time for graduates to be joining a food retail business and our programme presents an opportunity for young talented individuals to carve out a career path in an expanding and diverse sector.”


Musgrave is a fast-moving business, driven by a strong ethical approach and family values. Musgrave owns Ireland’s leading food retail, wholesale and foodservice brands and are creating fast-growing new brands.  Feeding 1 in 3 people on the island of Ireland, its brands include SuperValu, Centra, Daybreak, Frank and Honest, Donnybrook Fair and Musgrave MarketPlace, which is Ireland’s leading wholesale supplier to retail, foodservice and SMEs. 

Working with a network of entrepreneurial food partners and budding start-ups, they never stand still, and neither do their people.  Musgrave believes in investing in its people and has been developing graduate talent for more than 25 years.  The Musgrave Graduate Programme has a proven track record in providing a strong pipeline of talent, many of whom develop into future leaders within their business. Former graduates hold roles ranging from director to marketing manager to head of musgrave business services.


Yvonne Leo, Early Careers Officer, Musgrave and Siobháin Scanlon, Early Careers Manager, Musgrave

The programme is an experiential graduate development programme that nurtures the values, mind-set and new skills required to respond to changing consumer trends in convenience, online shopping, digital channels and foodie experiences. It is designed to develop and meet the needs of talent requirements in areas such as Buying/Trading, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, Innovation, IT, Omnichannel and Retail/Wholesale Operations.  Opportunities change each year depending on requirements and Musgrave is always looking to bring new knowledge and skillsets to help further progress the business.

The graduates work with experienced managers in their fields and have real responsibility from the start. They are supported by a customised development programme run in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute.  Graduates rotate within the function while on the programme, for example, buying graduates will work in both a retail buying division and a wholesale/foodservices division over the two years to give them full exposure of key experiences to develop their commercial ability. 

Graduates get: 

  • a structured programme with clear roles and responsibilities as they transition from college to work;
  • formal development provided through a bespoke development programme run in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute  which is aligned to the strategic business direction and linked to their performance review;
  • functional specific training and development is provided as required;
  • coaching is provided on an informal and formal basis;
  • chief executive officer and senior manager support in developing early talent;
  • established career paths to facilitate progress while at the same time providing scope to move within the function; 
  • stretch development opportunities aligned with talent strategy and designed to challenge high potential graduates; 
  • the opportunity to shape the future of retail and wholesale.

The award-winning Graduate Programme reflects Musgrave as a destination place to work, where talented people can grow and thrive.

Interested in joining? Recruitment for the 2020 Programme will commence in September 2019. Connect with Musgrave Graduates on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on opportunities.