Avara Foods is one of the UK’s largest food businesses, supplying chicken and turkey to the nation’s most popular supermarkets and restaurants.
Kate Vernon - Technical Services Manager
My placement year sold it to me and I couldn't wait to come back. I came straight back once I graduated and I am now a Technical Services Manager.
We are a fully integrated business controlling the whole product supply chain, which include feed mills, farms, hatcheries and factories with associated transport and logistics functions that employ more than 7,000 people. This is achieved by investing in people, utilising the latest technology and being uncompromising in our commitment to high quality and food standards.
All our operational facilities are Covid secure, with protective measures and precautions in place to keep our people safe.
Are you passionate about Information Systems and finding solutions to issues? Looking for a new challenge to kickstart your career?
As an inclusive, forward-thinking business, we take pride in our approach to Information Systems across Avara Foods and are looking for a highly competent and motivated Information Systems Graduate to be part of our high-performing team. You will be a key part of our site operational team, based at our advanced manufacturing site located in Telford (Shropshire).
Purpose of the role
As an Information Systems Graduate you will support the Avara business operation by developing, integrating, and supporting operational system solutions, interfacing between Production, Engineering, IT, and third-party suppliers.
Your key responsibilities as an Information Systems Graduate are:
Maintenance of the factory operation solutions including access rights, new users, security, and company settings
Design, implement and support the company’s internal business and customer facing software and hardware infrastructure
Documenting existing/new processes and procedures and updating as and when required
Maintaining communications with users to advise of solution changes as necessary
Delivering training as required
Maintain and develop training and troubleshooting documentation and data standards
Audit system performance and utilisation, maintaining KPI reporting
3rd party and internal support calls analysis
Providing support in report writing and obtaining data extracts for departments across the business
Identifying areas for improvement and streamlining and implementing approved changes
Aid on other integrations with other solutions
Liaise with the IT department on any IT Issues that impact the operation solutions and maintain a support issue log
Coordinating testing of updates and issue update notifications and changes
This role will be varied and at times challenging and is based within the factory and office environments.
What we are looking for:
We are looking for a driven and ambitious Information Systems Graduate to join our team. To be successful you will:
Have an Information Systems related Bachelor’s Degree (e.g. BSc Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems/Data Science)
Have some experience of working with large data sets, good data analysis and reporting skills (using MS Excel) with a proactive and tenacious approach to problem solving
Have experience of following IT/IS processes and procedures
Have ambition to develop and build on existing information security skills and ability to take ownership of own learning and development goals
Have a self-motivated attitude with the ability to multi-task and thrive in a timeline-driven environment
Have good interpersonal communication skills
Have an inquisitive and forward-thinking mindset, and always be looking to learn and develop
Be confident in building effective working relationships and working as part of a team.
What’s in it for you on an Avara Foods Graduate Programme?
As an Information Systems Graduate at Avara Foods, we want you to feel supported and inspired to be the best version of yourself. With a real job and responsibility from day one, our graduate programme ensures that you are given equal opportunity to learn all the necessary technical skills in your chosen field. It will provide you with practical business experience and will be personally tailored to you and your development plan.
When you complete the programme, you'll have built a broad range of experience in a variety of roles to equip you with all the tools and skills needed to progress your career with Avara. Though we offer many opportunities throughout the programme, it is your commitment, determination and resilience that will help to ensure you succeed.
You can also look forward to benefits that, amongst other things, include the following:
£28,000 starting salary with a review every 6 months on your programme
Fully funded professional qualifications and training in line with career aspirations and your role. You will also be supported with any required Level 7 (Masters level) qualifications needed for Chartered Engineer status
Relocation Allowance – we will support you if you rotate or move around for the duration of your programme
5% employer contribution towards Pension
31 days' holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
Lifestyle benefits such as exclusive perks and discounted shopping vouchers, wellbeing support and discounted gym membership
We have a duty of care to our colleagues and wouldn't want you to spend a large amount of time commuting, so we require our graduates to be based within a reasonable radius of their placement location. Relocation support is available.
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