Kate Hardacre

Development Technologist Graduate

"Since working at Bakkavor I have loved developing all of the products, but my favourite to eat is the Chicken Patatas Bravas at Freshcook. My tendency to take part in all of the taste panels has resulted in joining a gym!"

I started at Bakkavor as a Development Technologist at an M&S dedicated site in Lincolnshire. Being brand new to the company and role was daunting at first as I didn’t know what to expect! My worries and concerns quickly disappeared as the Freshcook Development team were extremely supportive of my development and made sure I felt a part of the team.

My experience at Freshcook has allowed me to work in a fast-paced environment and has exposed me to working with internal and external customers. Before I started a Bakkavor group I hadn't realised the vast quantity of products I would be helping with developing and launching into stores.

It may seem like a cliché, however no two days are the same at Bakkavor. One day I will find myself involved in customer presentations, another day could be going on a food trawl or sampling new products. My role tends to revolve around meeting deadlines and being prepared for internal and external meetings; however the requirements are hugely varied depending on the product category and retailer I am working on.

Since working at Bakkavor I have loved developing all of the products, but my favourite to eat is the Chicken Patatas Bravas at Freshcook. My tendency to take part in all of the taste panels has resulted in joining a gym!

Being on the AMS has allowed me to attend loads of different training from leadership skills canoeing the Great Glen in Scotland to Development specific days. The Development specific days tend to take place at Bakkavor sites where we can learn about other Bakkavor businesses.

Working in a development role within Bakkavor has given me an insight into the scale and breadth of the business and the opportunities available. I’m really excited to continue my career with Bakkavor and make the most of some of these opportunities.

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