20 fully-funded masters programmes available in Bord Bia Talent Academy

Bord Bia launches recruitment campaign for 2023 Marketing Fellowship programme



19 April 2022

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Bord Bia, through its Talent Academy, has launched its 2023 postgraduate programme with up to 20 fully-funded places on offer.

The programme includes a fully funded masters at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a bursary* and a guaranteed work placement through the agency’s domestic and global network.

The Bord Bia Talent Academy was established to help identify and develop future executive talent for Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture industry, as it looks to grow and diversify into new markets.

Export market diversification has been ranked by the industry as its second-biggest focus** as companies actively seek to expand into new markets in response to Brexit. The Academy offers five individual programmes through corporate and academic partnerships in areas of sales, marketing, sustainability, consumer insights, innovation, supply chain and procurement.

The Marketing Fellowship runs in partnership with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and is intended for graduates with a few years’ work experience. Applications are now open for the Marketing Fellowship and can be made at: https://www.smurfitschool.ie/executivedevelopment/programmesforindividuals/mscinternationalmarketingpractice/.

According to Michael Murphy, Organisation and Industry Talent Director, Bord Bia, the potential opportunities for graduates in the industry are immense.

“Last year, Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture exports reached a record €13.5 billion,” he said. “Bord Bia is actively seeking to recruit and retain top class talent for this dynamic and growing sector, with the Talent Academy acting as an incubator for individuals seeking to supercharge their careers.

“Over 80% of the alumni of the Marketing Fellowship, for example, are retained in relevant food industry roles upon graduating from the 18-month programme, reflecting the demand and opportunities that exist for employment at home and abroad.”

The Talent Academy programmes, some of which have been running for over 10 years, attract a wide range of graduates across many disciplines and third-level colleges across the country.

Successful applications will be placed within a leading international food and drink company. Mars, McDonalds, Nestlé, Tesco and Unilever are some of the international companies that offer placements for Bord Bia’s Talent Academy. Countries can include New York, Amsterdam, Madrid, Dubai, Singapore and many more.

How to apply:

Applications for the Marketing Fellowship are now open and can be made at https://www.smurfitschool.ie/executivedevelopment/programmesforindividuals/mscinternationalmarketingpractice/.

Closing date for applications:

The closing date for applications for the Marketing Fellowship is 20 June and programmes commence in January 2023.

*(Marketing Fellowship Programme Bursary amount: circa €45,000)

**(Source: https://www.bordbia.ie/industry/news/press-releases/readiness-radar-findings/)



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