Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Operational Performance Leader

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Who are we?

Inspired Pet Nutrition Ltd, IPN, is a very successful manufacturer of pet foods. We are privately-owned and very ambitious, which creates an environment with a lot of pace, challenge and opportunities. We have two powerhouse brands in Harringtons and Wagg, with the former being the fastest-growing brand in the pet food category in the UK. We are the number one manufacturer in the UK for dry dog food and we are expanding fast into new categories, such as wet food, treats, cat, etc.

We have invested more than £55M in our supply chain facilities over the last fifteen years and have impressive facilities near Thirsk, North Yorkshire and in Kinmel, North Wales. We have a track record of doubling in size every five years so if you want to be instrumental in helping us grow from £100M to beyond £200M then please get in contact!

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What are we looking for?

As a company, we are always striving for improvements and growth and we need driven individuals that will drive improvement to help us achieve our aim of being a world-class pet food supplier. You must be a strong team player, good at building relationships and focussed on achieving results through problem-solving and continuous improvement.

The IPN team is very focussed on performance – starting with safety and quality – and it is fair to say we get things done! We freely challenge each other to see how we can do more and better. However, we are also friendly and supportive – we enjoy what we do! We are looking for people who can make this happen and who thrive in an environment with high levels of accountability.

As you have probably gathered, though we compete with the big blue-chip manufacturers, we are a medium-sized business that is very agile and dynamic. This means that you will be a key player from day one and though we will invest heavily in your personal development, you will also be delivering a benefit to the business from the beginning.

We will accept graduates that have achieved a 2:2 or above in any of the following disciplines:

  • All Manufacturing, Engineering & Science disciplines
  • Other disciplines may be considered


  • Salary: Starting at £24,500 rising in the second year, dependent on performance
  • Bonus: Annual bonus scheme up to 10%, dependent on business and personal performance
  • Pension Scheme: Employee contributions 3% / Employer contribution 5%
  • Holidays: 24 days' holiday, rising to 25 days.
  • Discounted Products: Staff shop available to buy discounted products.

What are we offering?

Our graduate scheme offers an opportunity to give you skills to kick-start your manufacturing career. In the first instance you will be a driver of Autonomous maintenance as a line owner responsible for a £2m, 50 metres long line, running 24 hours a day 4-5 days a week. We will also support you to develop your skills in people management and help you to lead a team as a Team Leader or Shift Manager. For your final placement, we will agree with you where within our business this will be.

We are offering opportunities in both of our factories; Kinmel, Wales and Thirsk, North Yorkshire and whichever site you are based at, there will likely be travel to our other site.

To give you the skills that you need to start your career with us, there are 3 areas that the graduate scheme will cover:

Line Owner

For the 12 – 18 months you will work on the £2m state-of-the-art line. You will learn about owning and running the line. This will include learning the process with the line team and support services such as maintenance and Quality Assurance. You will learn the theory of autonomous maintenance and other best practice methodologies with the aim to improve line efficiency by 20%.

Team Leader/Shift Manager

Within the Team Leader/Shift Manager role you will gain experience of managing people. We will coach you to develop your own management style. We will help you develop your skills by setting a vision with your team, setting expectations through one-to-ones and providing people with the right environment to flourish.

Commercial Placement

Dependent on your skills, interest area and also business need we will look to place you within an area of the business to give you a sound understating of how our business works. This could potentially be in any of the following departments; Quality Assurance, Planning, Procurement, Marketing, Finance or within our factory at a different site.


Are you up for this challenge, do you think you could get these machines working like a swiss watch? If so, we want to hear from you!


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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £24,500 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Kinmel (North Wales) and Thirsk (North Yorkshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Process
  • Science

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