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Students and graduates

Smurfit Kappa Ireland - Graduate Management Programme. Developing the total Package! 

Explore our options and kick start your career today.

Whether you’re a recent graduate or currently in University, we have a range of exciting opportunities to offer you in Ireland and around the world.

Graduates: Why join us?

You will be part of a talented global team of more than 45,000 people, operating in 34 countries. (Learn more) 

The Smurfit Kappa Ireland - Graduate Management Programme - comprises of four, six month placements each in a unique business unit of Smurfit Kappa, developing Graduate Trainees in a variety of management positions. This provides a secure and dynamic learning environment for individuals who have recently completed their University education, but with limited work experience who are eager to pursue a successful career in management. 

You will play a role in providing market leading, innovative solutions to local and multinational clients. Areas include: Finance, Operations, Product Design and Sales & Marketing with the potential to take up a placement at one of our global operations in the UK, Europe or further afield.

Each placement may feature one major assignment or a series of small projects, working with your fellow Trainees or autonomously, but regardless of the assignment; it will be real and live, and reflect the needs of our business at the time. Furthermore, all of our Graduate Trainees experience further education through completion of a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Management amongst other training and development intiatives such as courses in Personal Productivity & Effectiveness for example. (Learn more)

A large number of Senior Executives within the Smurfit Kappa Group are alumni of the Graduate Management Programme and have grown with the organisation. Bearing this in mind, on completion of the programme you will have a clear idea of the way you would like to further develop your career. You will be given guidance to help you map out how to nurture your future development within the organisation, and provided with details of suitable vacancies across the Smurfit Kappa Group.



Opportunities to kick-start your career

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