Insight & Innovation

Innovation is at the heart of our business and brands, so if you are passionate about digital channels and customer experiences, like we are, then this could be the role for you.

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Job overview

Insight & Innovation is an exciting and dynamic area of our business, and in recent years Musgrave has been at the forefront in Ireland with its online, loyalty and mobile strategy for both SuperValu, Centra and Musgrave MarketPlace. We are looking for emerging talent with a passion for technology, business, innovation and customer experience to support plans to keep pace with consumer facing technology, ensuring we are leaders in this space for our brands. This is an excellent opportunity for innovative and motivated grads with excellent communication skills and an interest in business analysis.

Key facts

  • Duration of programme 2 years
  • Location Cork
  • Rotations No rotations, occasional business travel required
  • Essential qualifications Honours Degree (Level 8) in a relevant digital/technical area (eg, Computer Science & Business, eCommerce in Retailing, Software Engineering, Design)
  • Desirable qualifications Masters in business, digital product design, or technology. Qualifications in UX design, or innovation

What will you be doing?

There are now many ways to engage our customers, through online, mobile, in-store and other services. The remit of the Insight & Innovation (I&I) team is to ensure that all our channels to our consumers, both physical and digital, work in a seamless way and drive continuous improvements in our customer experience. By delivering that seamless shopping experience, we enhance the ability to personalise the offer to our customers and subsequently drive sales for our brands.

The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of our Digital Product Innovation roadmaps which are key parts of our Digital Transformation agenda, with a strong focus on embedding the Consumer Experience into our ways of working.

The Programme will enable you to gain a wide experience right across the I&I department, with a particular focus on our Digital Agenda. This role will entail working closely with the Innovation Proposition Manager and Product Managers responsible for delivering the digital experience for our shoppers and customers at market-leading brands SuperValu, Centra and Musgrave MarketPlace. You will also participate in the Musgrave/Irish Management Institute Graduate Development Programme over the course of the two years.

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

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– 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?

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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. We expect to have all 2022 roles recruited by the end of December 2021.

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. The modules have transitioned to interactive online sessions during the current restrictions and will return to campus in the IMI in Dublin in 2022 in line with public health guidelines

Can I work remotely?

All Musgrave colleagues in office-based roles will continue to work remotely until February 2022. The future of work at Musgrave from February 2022 will be a hybrid model, with time spent in the office to collaborate and engage, and time working remotely. We are calling this Work Smart @ Musgrave and details will be shared with successful applicants.

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?

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Are there opportunities to work abroad?

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