Project Engineer - Undergraduate Placement
Competitive Salary + Benefits


The Role and Team


apetito have been operating in Britain since 1928, which is when we opened one of the country's most advanced factories in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. This is where our head office is located and we now employ 1,200 team members across various locations up and down the UK and there are 7,000 individuals working for apetito worldwide - so there are always fantastic career opportunities globally.
We are the UK's leading supplier of frozen meals to the social sector, and have an enviable reputation in catering for the elderly and vulnerable, which is a responsibility we take seriously and we are committed to delivering the best food, systems and service.
We are looking for new team members to join our graduate placement programme and make a real contribution to the sustainability, resilience and success of our business, to gain real insights into engineering related to manufacturing process work, achieve professional career development and gain experience in a key business function.
The recruits will be on a graduate visibility programme which will both increase the potential of team apetito and you as an employee. This will be an interesting time in your career, but we are serious & committed in giving you the best possible start with us at apetito.


Who We Are

apetito is the UK’s leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors. Servicing over 400 hospitals, 450 care homes and thousands more through our work with Local Authorities, we produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals for people at home or in care. Through our food we look to ‘make a real difference’ to all our customers, up and down the country.

Our Values

Established in 1958, as a family-owned business, our values sit at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to be a business that ‘makes a real difference’, committed to producing ‘great food to be proud of’. We have developed a range of products designed to ‘enhance health and well-being’ for all our customers. We are proud supporters of British food and farming and focus on using the best ‘ethical and sustainably’ sourced produce.

We are driven by a ‘passion for service’, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, offering healthy and delicious meals to customers across the UK.

Ethical & Sustainable

As a business which operates within food manufacturing, we believe we have an obligation to make a positive contribution on society. With over 300 products in our range, we ensure our produce is ethically and sustainably sourced, working only with suppliers who share our commitment to making a positive impact.

We’re a proud member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, that promote respect for workers rights globally. All our new suppliers now operate under the ETI’s guidelines.

We are also a member of The UK’s Plastics Pact, an initiative looking to transform the plastic packaging industry in the UK. As part of the initiative, we have committed, along with other ambitious targets, to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic completely by 2025.

We have also made a commitment to our employees – we’re recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Joining an elite group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations.

Giving Back

Here at apetito, we take our duty to give back to our local communities and chosen charities very seriously. In 2018, we raised over £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Support and Alzheimer’s Society alone, thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees and charity committee. We also support our communities through the apetito Staff Foundation, which gives financial support to the chosen charitable causes of our staff and their children. Since 2005, we’ve raised over £200,000 for these charities.

Full details of our Undergraduate Placement Programme can be found on our careers pages at Placements at apetito


This exciting opportunities will be supporting the production and commerical teams in our frozen food manufacturing & Supply chain environment to deliver innovative solutions to the manufacturing process. You will be working on a variety of capital projects and expansion projects, dependent on the need at time of entry, that add value to the business. You will be required to understand complex manufacturing processes and develop innovative engineering, and / or process solutions, to improve the performance of our manufacturing facility across a broad range of KPIs.
Working in a range of environments, you will gain experience in engineering, manufacturing & supply chain principles, process flows, facility design, production equipment and utilities and refrigeration systems. You will have an opportunity to learn and put in practice techniques such as CAD, Lean, Project planning, along with continuing to develop our long term expansion plans and strategy as part of the wider team.


Some key areas of focus are shown below;

Factory Expansion / Future Capacity Forecasting
• Review & understand existing models
• Work with the team to develop forecasts and how these impact on key constraints e.g.
o Warehousing (Trowbridge) for Raw Materials / Packaging / WiP / Finished Goods
o Preparation areas (focusing on low risk kitchen, high risk kitchen and debox)
o Production areas (Meals)
• Highlighting potential space and process flow future constraints that need to be modelled
• Key machinery constraints based on different scenarios
• Develop a digital model that can be used to easily view different scenarios
• Help develop & input into the 5 year capital plan model


Supply Chain Improvements
• How we receive goods (end to end process map)
• Warehousing (Frozen, Chilled, Ambient, Packaging) capacity requirements (internal & external) for the next 3+ years
• Optimum RM & Packaging stock holding quantities to maximise efficiency (in warehousing & production)
• Stock management process
• Booking in process – understanding of current process and research options to improve aiming to have a decision made implementation started.
• Digitisation opportunities




You will be studying towards a degree in Engineering/Mathematics/Sciences related discipline with the expectation that you will receive a 2:1 (graduating 2022) or above and are looking to complete a 12 - month placement as part of your degree.

Highly Numerate

Excellent Excel Sills

Experience of Project Management

An interest in or knowledge of ERP systems

Personal Qualities:

Excellent analysis, problem management and interpersonal skills
A completer finisher
Self-motivated and able to own and manage workload with minimal supervision – a proven self-starter
Able to demonstrate a structured approach to work as well as being able to work well in team environment and deal with people professionally at all levels
Is effective at using oral and written forms of communication


  • Location

    Wiltshire-Trowbridge, UK

  • Contract


  • Closing date

    25th November 2019

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