A Taste for Talent at Bord Bia

12th July 2019

Posted In: FYI

This week, Bord Bia brings on-board 69 new recruits as part of the Bord Bia Talent Academy – Bord Bia’s largest ever investment in talent acquisition for the Irish food and drink industry, in its 25-year history.

The new recruits take up roles in locations across the globe including Mexico, Vietnam, Tokyo, Dubai, New York, Stockholm and the UK. The Talent Academy features four programmes run in conjunction with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and gives students the opportunity to gain professional food and drink industry experience while undertaking a Masters programme with UCD.

Following an immersion and study period of three to five weeks (depending on their chosen programme), the new recruits take up their roles around the world.  For the remainder of the programme, recruits will undergo block release modules with UCD Michael Smurfit and complete academic assignments that support real business and marketing projects.

The 69 new starters include 19 Bord Bia Marketing Fellows who will work on behalf of Irish food and drink companies overseas, wishing to grow exports. Thirty two International Graduates will work directly with Bord Bia, placed in Bord Bia Dublin or in one of Bord Bia’s network of 14 offices worldwide.

Ten recruits will be placed overseas with multinational food and beverage organisations as Origin Green Ambassadors working to implement the principles of the Origin Green programme into their sustainability plans. As part of the Retail and Foodservice Account Management programme, eight recruits will be placed in the UK, working with major UK retailers to secure business for Irish suppliers.

Pictured with Bord Bia, CEO, Tara McCarthy (centre) are four of the new Talent Academy recruits: Daniel O’Rourke (International Graduate), Pauline McKeon (Origin Green Ambassador), Nghia Mai Thi (Marketing Fellow), and Patrick Hennessy (Retail and Foodservice Account Management).