Got a taste for success? Then join ABP Food Group for the

Agri Careers Fair 2017

at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on 30th March 2017.
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As our business continues to grow and diversify, we’re able to offer exciting and challenging career opportunities for individuals from a range of professional backgrounds and at every point of the career journey.

At the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on 30th March we’ll be showcasing the diverse range of opportunities available within our business. From production line to senior management, from school leavers to experienced professionals, the Agri Careers Fair 2017 is a great chance to see what your future could look like with ABP Food Group.

Schedule

  • IT – 11:00pm – 12:00pm
  • Accounts/Finance & Internal Audit – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Sales & Marketing – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Quality Assurance – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Environmental – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Health & Safety – 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Project Management & Development – 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Engineering – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Quantity Surveying – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Production – 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Agriculture/Procurement – 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Research & Development – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Our Opportunities

Apprentices
We welcome those entering our business straight from school or college by offering apprenticeships that develop real skills and enhance every aspect of our candidates’ professional standing.

Graduates
With a combination of practical training and further qualifications, we aim to enhance the skills of every one of our graduates, while continuing to deliver excellence for our customers.

Skilled Workers
As the group continues to grow and diversify, we are constantly on the lookout for proactive, skilled factory floor workers to help drive our business forwards in the right direction.

Professionals
From marketing to IT, agricultural strategy to human resources, we lead the way on professional development, offering a clear plan of progression and regular opportunities to learn new skills.

Our Divisions

ABP Ireland

Europe’s leading beef exporter, ABP Food Group Ireland specialises in beef processing, de-boning and retail packing.

With a long and proud tradition of working with farmers and customers, we operate highly efficient factories supplying quality beef to European and worldwide retail markets.

ABP UK

Quality, value and service since 1954.

A leading supplier of fresh and frozen meat products, ABP Food Group UK continues to drive innovation in every aspect of our business.

Our UK division spans collaborative partnerships with our customer base, to industry leading practices in processing, animal welfare, product development and retail packing.

C&D Pet Foods

Global excellence in pet food.

C&D Foods is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of private label pet food, producing 570,000 tonnes/year from seven facilities.

We manufacture a complete range of products in pouch, alutray, canned and dry formats, and are the dog and cat food supplier of choice for leading retailers throughout Europe.

Olleco

Supply. Connect. Convert.

Olleco supplies cooking oil, and collects used cooking oil & food waste for conversion into green energy.

As the leading collector of used cooking oil in the UK and Ireland, Olleco helps restaurants and catering groups to maximise the environmentally sustainable treatment of waste food and oil products.

ABP Proteins

ABP Food Group Proteins processes gel bone chips, bone tallow and PAP (processed animal proteins) for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

Our proteins division specialises in the processing of animal by-products and operates across three sites; Waterford Proteins, Munster Proteins and ‘Functional Ingredients’, our new gel bones site at ABP Food Group Cahir.

Blade Farming

Tenderness, taste and long-term profitability.

Since beef subsidies were retracted, Blade Farming has focused on developing a sustainable and scalable model for cattle farming.

Across agriculture, technology and commercial strategy, our research-led business model ensures that our farmers have the resources required to deliver quality livestock and guarantee long-term profitability.

Our People

Brian Moran

Brian Moran

What’s your name and your role at ABP?

My name is Brian Moran and I’m the Sales Manager Hide Division. Prior to this role I was a Division Product Planner for 8 years.

Where did you study?

I completed my BA in 1985 and achieved a HDE in 1986 from the National University of Ireland Galway. I also did an EOP in Italy through IBEC in 1986-87.

When did you join the company?

1982.

Did you hold any roles prior to joining ABP?

None. I’ve always been at ABP.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

For me, it’s the constant day to day activity I have between production sites and customers.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

First and foremost you need the motivation to get on, but knowledge of the product and the market are just as crucial.

Do you speak any languages?

I can speak and write fluently in Italian!

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

I think the most important values are the ability and the desire to learn. Loyalty is also a really important attribute.

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

I’d tell them to be prepared to work in any position and to travel as much as possible. Never stop learning!

Emmanuel Keenan

Emmanuel Keenan

What’s your name and your role at ABP?

I’m Emmanuel Keenan and I am the Boning Hall Manager for ABP Ireland.

What did you study?

I studied butchery and production management within ABP Food Group.

When did you join the company?

I first joined back in 1988.

Did you hold any roles prior to joining ABP?

My previous jobs include working at Coleman’s Butchers, O’Brian’s Carpentry and Tomas Cooney’s engineering.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love dealing with all the new challenges that come my way each week.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

I found that dedication and a hard working attitude have been the most important attributes that helped me grow within the company.

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

I would always value hard work and self-motivation in young people starting out today. You can’t go wrong with those two qualities!

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

I would encourage a younger me to get my head around each of the roles within ABP Food Group. It really does make a difference if you have that broader understanding of a company.

Jelmar Hania

Jelmar Hania

What’s your name and your role at ABP?

My name is Jelmer Hania and having previously worked in International Sales for ABP UK, I now work in a similar capacity for ABP Ireland.

Where did you study?

I have a Masters degree from the University of Amsterdam in Economics.

When did you join the company?

8 years ago.

Did you hold any roles prior to joining ABP?

I worked as a Senior Economist for the Livestock and Meat Commission in Northern Ireland before going on to become Export Development Manager for the same organisation.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like keeping the customer happy and making sure we sell products at the best possible price.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

ABP have given me the freedom and independence to develop sales which has been really beneficial. They have a very compact and effective management structure which serves the company and its employees well.

Do you speak any languages?

Dutch is my native language but I also speak relatively good German and fluent English. I also speak fluent Frisian which is the native language of the county of Friesland in The Netherlands.

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

I like to see ambition and a common sense approach from young people. Honesty, resilience and a constructive approach to tasks is also very important.

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

Make sure you travel, work and study abroad. It really is the best experience you will ever get.

Michael Keating

Michael Keating

What’s your name and your role at ABP?

I’m Michael Keating and I’ve been Sales Manager for France since 2001.

Where did you study?

I went to University College Dublin where I studied for a B’Agr Sci.

When did you join the company?

I joined back in 1987.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really enjoy building relationships with customers and keeping abreast with market trends.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

I would say the two most important ones are integrity and reactivity.

Do you speak any languages?

Yes, I speak French.

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

For me, the key values are commitment and professionalism at work.

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

Don’t look back, just keep looking forward!

Richard O'Sullivan

Richard O'Sullivan

What’s your name and your role at ABP?

I’m Richard O’Sullivan and I’m a Sales Manager at ABP.

Where did you study?

I studied for a B.Agr Sc. degree at University College Dublin.

When did you join the company?

1989.

Did you hold any roles prior to joining ABP?

I worked for ADAS, the UK’s largest agricultural and environmental consultancy.

What is the most enjoyable aspect to your work?

I love the interaction I have with customers and colleagues alike. Team work at ABP is really important and you always feel supported. I also like the fact my work is always varied and diverse so it’s always interesting.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

I think the management at ABP provide fantastic support. They really give you the space to develop in your career and have always been extremely encouraging.

Do you speak any languages?

Yes, I’m fluent in German.

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

I think a strong work ethic and the ability to be flexible is really important. A good personality and eagerness to learn are also important.

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

I would tell my younger self to gain plenty of experience and have a good outline of a career plan. I think challenging yourself is also crucial if you want to progress in your career.

Tom O'Malley

Tom O'Malley

What’s your name and role at ABP?

My name is Tom O Malley and I am the Group Planning & Commercial Manager.

Where did you study?

I come from a farming background originally and studied Agri- Business at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

When did you join the company?

July 2001.

Did you hold any roles prior to joining ABP?

I did a few summer jobs here and there but I joined the company straight out of college!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I get a real satisfaction from growing new and existing business.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

I would say it’s really important to learn from those around you. The guidance from my colleagues and the senior management team has been second to none and has been so beneficial in terms of my own professional development.

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

I tend to look for enthusiasm, ambition and hard work.

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

I would say to learn a language, ask lots of questions and always make the most of every opportunity that comes your way throughout your career.

Eoin Ryan

Eoin Ryan

What’s your name and your role at ABP?

My name is Eoin Ryan and I’ve been the Sales & Marketing Manager at ABP since 2008.

Where did you study?

I deferred college after my Leaving Certificate exams and started working at ABP Nenagh. I then went on the trainee management programme and spent nine months working in the meat industry in France before coming back to Ireland and working at ABP UK.

When did you join the company?

1986.

Did you hold any roles prior to joining ABP?

Other than my time working in France, not really! I joined the company straight after finishing school.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like that I get to work with very committed people who all have a common goal. Completing projects is always a rewarding feeling, as is seeing the businesses of our customers we’ve worked with for many years grow with ours.

What would you say are the key attributes that helped you grow within ABP?

I think crucially it’s about being outgoing, hard work and having a positive attitude.

Do you speak any languages?

I can speak French fluently and some Italian.

What are the key values you would like to see in young people coming to work for ABP?

It’s always important to demonstrate commitment, a willingness to learn and showing respect to colleagues.

If you were talking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

I’d say be prepared to travel, try and learn a foreign language and be sure to give it your best shot.

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