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ScotGrads Given a Taste of the Wholesale Industry by Dunns Food and Drinks

In the second installment of a two part case study, we hear how graduates have enjoyed their first foray into the world of work at Dunns Food and Drinks.

Published: 07/12/2017

Dunns Food and Drinks, the independent wholesaler, approached ScotGrad to find enthusiastic graduates keen to join the team and bring a fresh perspective to the growing company.

Scottish Enterprise Account Manager, Kenny McKay worked closely with Managing Director, Jim Rowan and after a thorough recruitment process, Anna Scott, Hayley Tait and Laura Grady were selected from over 200 applicants for placements in procurement, marketing and logistics.

Kenny said: “Dunns Food and Drinks had initially approached Scottish Enterprise looking to bolster the team as part of future business plans. The company enjoys a strong level of staff retention and Jim was keen to place a greater focus on youth recruitment, creating opportunities in the sector for young people to share their skill and ambition.

“It was apparent that Jim was looking for enthusiastic and entrepreneurial individuals to join the team and together we identified a number of exciting opportunities and development projects that would fit well with ScotGrad and appeal to our graduates. As well as offering a great fit, the support ScotGrad provides during the recruitment and hiring process was attractive to Jim and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to progress.

“Having brought three graduates into three separate departments, it’s clear that they are already making a difference to the business. Their fresh perspective has inspired the senior management team to improve other areas of the business.”

Dunns Food and Drinks Scotgrad placement graduates

23-year-old Anna Scott studied International Business at the University of Edinburgh and is a Business Efficiency Graduate. She said: “My placement focuses on improving the processes within the buying department, specifically the craft beer sector and my knowledge of the drinks industry has developed immensely.

“I spent time in each department during my first month at Dunns and this made the transition from education into the working environment easier as it helped me to understand how the wholesale business functions as a whole and how each department influences another.”

Hayley Tait, 24, graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Marketing and is now a Marketing Strategy Trainee responsible for trend analysis in the food and drink industry and the hospitality sector.

Speaking about her placement, she said: “One of the best things about working for a SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) is being able to work closely with the Senior Management Team, we answer to the Managing Director directly and this has helped boost my confidence.”

Hayley, said: “ScotGrad has always been a trusted resource by students and I would recommend it to other graduates.” 

Finally, 23-year-old Laura Grady is part of the Logistics Efficiency Programme. She heard about ScotGrad through a Careers Adviser at university while studying for a degree in International Business with Modern Languages and Marketing at the University of Strathclyde. 

She said: “My role involves working closely on logistics, specifically in the distribution of goods from the warehouse. I review the processes in place and highlight areas for improvement, helping to implement these.

“I’ve been very fortunate as the company has ensured that I’ve had the opportunity to spend time across every aspect of the business and I’ve been involved in projects across a range of departments. This has allowed me to gain knowledge in the day-to-day running of the business and has helped me to understand how customer satisfaction drives each process. The directors have been supportive and encouraging of my career development from day one.”

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