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There’s nothing beige about McCain... Except our potatoes — and we’re extremely passionate about them. 

When you join McCain, you’ll be joining the biggest player in the frozen potato game, bringing people together around the nation for over 60 years by sharing simple, delicious planet friendly food.

We’ve partnered with thousands of the country’s supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, hospitals, and schools to change the way people see the humble spud. It’s all about elevation and creating something better.

So, come and make your career at McCain Foods

About the role

#TakeABite of life outside of your university studies. We’re recruiting for a Commercial Sales Intern.

You’ll join a line of successful interns that have all been in the same shoes, who walked through the doors of our HQ to gain valuable experience as part of their University Placement year. Some of which have since returned to continue their careers with us.

Join us in July 2024 for an epic 12-month journey with our Commercial Sales team.

During your 12-month journey, you'll discover

  • FMCG Commercial Sales: How to boost Revenue and Growth
  • Revenue Generation: The core goal to sell products to retailers and distributors, driving revenue through deal negotiation and meeting sales targets.
  • Market Expansion: Seek new sales opportunities, customers, and distribution channels to increase product availability.
  • Customer Relationships: Build strong bonds with retailers and distributors ensures product visibility and support.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Use data and market research to spot trends, guide strategies, and make informed choices.
  • Merchandising and Promotion: Collaborate with marketing for effective in-store displays and promotions.
  • Sales Forecasting: Predict demand to avoid stock issues.
  • Customer Support: Address enquiries and resolve issues for customer satisfaction.

As an intern, you won't just watch from the sidelines. You'll get hands-on experience, set goals, follow a clear development plan, and chat regularly with your line managers. Plus, you'll build your network inside and outside of McCain, making connections with other interns and professionals across the business.

Our Commercial Sales Placement role will be a generalist role where you will experience a wide variety of experience from all the different commercial teams in our business such as food service and retail sales.

About you

Here at McCain we are go-getters. We are winners. And we work hard. And that’s what we look for in our interns. But you must also:

  • Be currently studying a relevant degree in Business Studies or equivalent.
  • Full clean driving license. 
  • Have a passion and interest in food. 
  • Be seeking a 12-month placement year to support your degree studies (which will run from July 2024 to June 2025)
  • Must be available to start early July. 
  • And of course, a love of potatoes! 

What's in it for me?

Although we do encourage you to taste the goods you’ll be pleased to know we don’t pay you in chips. For working hard, you’ll also get a great salary and some pretty good benefits including:

  • Sign on bonus additional to your annual salary – to help you get started! 
  • An excellent pension where we will pay double what you do, up to a maximum of 12% of your pay
  • Flexible holidays – where you can buy & sell up to 5 days holiday per year
  • Optional health cash plan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 'Chips In’ Volunteering Day Off - to make a positive impact to the competitiveness, resilience, and long-term development of McCain communities across the globe

And of course, being part of a Global business there are great opportunities to shine/thrive should you wish to relocate in the future. We have an ambitious 5-year growth plan that presents development & progression opportunities for those who seek it out.

Where you'll work

Being in the office every single day is a thing of the past. Here at McCain, we champion hybrid working. This means we don’t have a set expectation of exactly when you need to be in the office – however we would like to see you on a weekly basis as that’s the best place for us to build and maintain our connections. Our head office (Customer Experience Centre) is on the outskirts of Scarborough – 1.5 hours away from Leeds City Centre, and about an hour from York.

We have lots of colleagues who travel to and from our Experience Centre (even if it is just for a good coffee!) and because hybrid really does mean hybrid at McCain, they get the opportunity to collaborate with their colleagues when they’re in the office, and balance that with working from home to ensure they get a good life-work balance.

About us

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger.

McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.