Bord Bia announce details of 2021 postgraduate programme

by Dublin Gazette
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Bord Bia has launched its 2021 postgraduate programme, with up to 80 fully-funded places on offer at its Talent Academy.

The programme includes a fully funded masters at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a guaranteed work placement through the agency’s domestic and global network.

The Bord Bia Talent Academy was established to help develop future executive talent in Ireland’s food and drink industry, as it looks to grow and diversify into new markets.

The Bord Bia Talent Academy offers five individual programmes through corporate and academic partnerships in areas of sales, marketing, sustainability, consumer insights, innovation, supply chain and procurement.

Applications are currently being sought from Dublin graduates for the Marketing Fellowship and International Graduate Programmes run in partnership with UCD Smurfit School. The Marketing Fellowship is intended for graduates with work experience, while the International Graduate Programme is open to new graduates with limited or no experience.

The Talent Academy programmes, some of which have been running for over 10 years, attract a wide range of graduates across many disciplines from third-level colleges in Dublin and across the country.

Killester-based Cathal Murphy joined the Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship in 2011 and was based in London, where he supported Irish companies in the dairy, meat, snack foods and spirits industries.

“The Fellowship offered me the opportunity to ‘short circuit’ the traditional career path into the food and drink industry, where I could combine my prior experience in food research with practical on-the-ground commercial experience. The Fellowship itself was really well structured – challenging, but rewarding and with access to some of the world’s leading marketing professors. The skills I developed on the program are those I carry into my current role as Senior Marketing Manager at Bewleys Coffee in Dublin.”

Successful applicants for the forthcoming programmes will be placed into one of Bord Bia’s 15 international locations or with food and drink industry companies both domestically and internationally, depending on the specific programme.

Murphy continued: “This combination of academic learning and on-the-job international experience provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone ambitious to be part of the next generation of Ireland’s food and drink industry leaders. From an industry perspective, Bord Bia’s Talent Academy assures the future talent for the industry as well as providing practical on the ground support to companies now.”

“At Bord Bia, we know the right people in the right places make all the difference. That’s why we strongly encourage anyone with a passion for Irish food and drink and who is seeking a dynamic opportunity to apply – no matter your academic background or where you are in your career.”

How to Apply:

Applications are now open and can be made at

The closing date for applications for the Marketing Fellowship is 27th November 2020 and programmes commences in mid-spring 2021.
The closing date for the International Graduate Programme is 29th January 2021 and programmes commences in mid-summer 2021.

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