My Grad Story: Saumyajit Dutta

In this blog Saumyajit explains what the IT programme is like and how, just a year into the role, he has already been able to work on major digital projects for Musgrave retail brands. During my first year as an IT Graduate at Musgrave I’ve been based in Cork and I’ve undertaken a large number […]

My Grad story: Mollie Lynch

In this blog, Mollie explains why she chose the supply chain graduate programme and what she enjoys about her role. When I finished college, I was researching companies and Musgrave stood out to me, particularly because of the values that they stand for, including long term stable relationships, not being greedy and working hard. To […]

A day in the life of a trading graduate

Gillian always wanted to work for a FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) company in the food industry, so when she found testimonials from previous Musgrave trading graduates it really sparked her interest. Here, Gillian describes in her own words a typical day in her job role, which in trading is fast-paced and always changing.   […]

Video Blog – Taking on responsibility

In this video Kate shares her experiences of the projects she’s worked on and the level of responsibility given to her. Within this environment Kate has thrived, but as she says, it has all come with the support of her managers and team around her.

Video blog – creating a career path

Having worked with a team on a large-scale programme of store revamps, Shane moved seamlessly into a new role once completing his second year. Shane shares his story from grad programme to new career, and he also talks about how the right mix of support and responsibility helped him to grow and develop.

Get inspired by our Grad of the Year

Throughout his two years Ross has exemplified what a grad can do if they apply themselves, soaking up everything the programme had to offer, and building that into a new job role and ultimately a future career within Musgrave. Ross, from Galway, graduated in International Business and French and joined the grad programme as a […]

Applications: Part 3 #interviews #assessment

Assessment centres are used by many employers when recruiting graduates and each employer will have their own specific structure and exercises. The benefits for us as the recruiter is that we have the opportunity to see how you perform in particular scenarios and understand how you could potentially contribute to the business. The benefit for […]

My grad story: Niamh Scally

Talk us through your typical work day My days are very diverse and can vary from being in the office, in a store or at a shoot. On a day-to-day basis, I work on producing communications for Centra stores, so this may range from producing social, radio ads, creating point-of-sale or working closely with in-house […]

Applications: Part 2 #videointerviews

In Musgrave, we use video interviews to get an insight into who you are and to find out why you want to join our grad programme.  The online platform we use allows you the flexibility of completing the interview at a time that suits you and you can do it from the comfort of your […]

The Musgrave Graduate Summit 2018 – the highlights

Our Graduate Summit is a real celebration of the programme, but it’s also a very serious and focussed event for our second-year grads transitioning off the programme. This is their opportunity to present their business projects to top directors, managers and executives within the business, including our CEO Chris Martin. This year our directors were […]

Video blog – Building lifelong friends

Here Leah talks about how sharing experiences with other grads and building lifelong friends really added to her graduate experience.

From college to the workplace

Joining a graduate programme may be your first experience of a large workplace, or you may be moving to a new city. We can’t tell you what it’s like at other workplaces, what we do know is that at Musgrave you’ll fit right in! As a family business our culture is ‘family-focused’, friendly and welcoming. […]

Find your answer in our frequently asked questions.
What do I need to consider before I apply?

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– Make sure your CV is saved in PDF or Word format as other formats may not be supported on our recruitment system

– Are there specific academic criteria for your preferred role? If we are looking for specific qualifications, we will apply these criteria for shortlisting candidates. You may be considered for your second preference if you do not meet specific criteria for your preferred role.

I've submitted my application, what happens next?

We’ll email you within 24 hours of submitting your application inviting you to complete our online assessments. This email will come from so make sure you mark this email as safe. Depending on your email filters, it may be directed to your spam folder. Keep an eye on the inbox and spam of the email you used for your application. If you have not received this email within 48 hours, contact us on requesting this to be resent. This will be resent where applicable within the time-constraints of the application process.

I haven't received details of the online assessments after submitting my application.

This email will come from so make sure you mark this email as safe. Depending on your email filters, it may be directed to your spam folder. Some spam folder settings will automatically delete all emails after 30 days. If you have not received this email within

48 hours of submitting your application, or believe that it may have been deleted from your spam folder, contact us on requesting this to be resent. This will be resent where applicable within the time-constraints of the application process.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

We’ll contact you as soon as possible after each stage of the recruitment process. Correspondence up to the assessment centre stage is through email so please check your email regularly. Depending on your email filters sometimes our email may end up in your spam folder, check this out if you haven’t heard from us and ensure you have marked our email as safe.

How many graduates do you hire each year?

We’re a fast-moving business and our opportunities change from year to year to meet our business requirements. We typically hire between 10-20 graduates each year.

Can I reapply next year if I don’t get onto the programme this year?

Yes, you can apply the next year if unsuccessful in your application.

Do I need a specific degree to be considered for Musgrave?

Many of our opportunities are open to graduates from all degree backgrounds. Where we do look for a specific qualification, we’ll specify it in the role description so check out Our Opportunities page. If we are looking for specific qualifications, we will apply these criteria for shortlisting candidates.

How recently should I have graduated?

Our roles are aimed at grads who are looking for their first or second job. However, if you are interested in a career with Musgrave and have more experience you can apply directly for any of our vacancies.

What is the minimum requirement to be eligible for the graduate programme?

Successful applicants must have graduated, or be on track to graduate, with an Honours Primary Degree (Level 8 NFQ). For roles where a specific degree or discipline is specified, we will apply these criteria for shortlisting candidates.

I need a work permit. Are you able to organise that for me?

It is a requirement that you are eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland. If you do not hold an appropriate work permit, regretfully we cannot take your application further. If you are successful in your application with us, we will support the required documentation for future permit application. We do not provide financial sponsorship for permits.

Why do I have two role choices on the application form?

We ask for your two preferred graduate roles to understand how you want to develop your career. We’ll consider your application based on your first preference as much possible. We may consider

you for your second choice if we feel this would be more suited to your profile or if your academic qualifications do not meet criteria for specific role if required e.g. if you apply for an IT role and you do not hold a relevant IT/technical degree or masters.

Do I need to know what area I want to work in?

Our graduate roles are designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to progress to business roles in specific areas e.g. if you join our buying programme, you will work in buying teams for the two years of the programme to gain the experience needed to become a buyer for our leading retail and wholesale brands. We recommend you go through our Opportunities carefully and make an informed decision on which area appeals most to your career ambition.

What is the duration of the graduate programme?

The Programme runs for two years, apart from the finance and commercial food leadership programmes, which run for three years. We hire on a fixed-term contract initially and will work with high performing graduates to provide you with suitable career moves in our business post-Programme.

Will I change locations during the programme?

Depending on your graduate role, you will work in at least two of our divisional headquarters throughout the programme. These may be located in Dublin, Cork or Belfast. Check out our Opportunities to see where the roles are based and whether the role has a geographical rotation. If such a rotation is required, it forms part of your contract.

What's involved in the IMI development programme?

The IMI programme is a bespoke development programme developed by the IMI and Musgrave to support the professional and personal development of our graduates. It comprises 6 modules over 2 years focused on areas such as personal growth, strategy, financial acumen, project management. You will also receive individual coaching as part of the IMI development Programme and will work on a business project in Year 2 which you will present to our CEO and senior leaders. Some modules will be facilitated in person at the IMI campus in Dublin and others will be delivered virtually.

Can I work remotely?

All Musgrave colleagues in office-based roles have the option to work in a hybrid role, with time spent in the office to collaborate and engage, and time working remotely. We calling this Work Smart @ Musgrave and details will be shared with successful applicants. Typically colleagues will spend 1-2 days in the office per week however it can vary by team.

Will I work with specific brands or across the whole business?

Depending on the role, you may work across several brands while on the Programme to give you wide exposure of our business. Details of the brands involved in each opportunity are included in the role descriptions on Our Opportunities

I want to study for a professional accountancy qualification, will you support this?

We support our Finance graduates in studying for the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) qualification via the CGMA Finance Leadership Program provided by CIMA. This is an online learning program, similar in scope and rigour to a master’s degree, that teaches the finance, business, people, and leadership skills needed to succeed in the finance team of the future. All learning, assessments and Case Study exam preparation takes place within the comprehensive FLP platform. Musgrave provides financial support and study leave for our Finance graduates to undertake this study pathway. We do not currently support other accountancy study pathways.

Where can I get more information?

Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for regular updates, you can also visit our corporate website to find out more about Musgrave

Are there opportunities to work abroad?

Currently all our graduate roles are based on the Island of Ireland.