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Graduate Programme Ireland

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

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)  

Are you an enthusiastic and ambitious graduate with the desire to establish a career in management? Looking to join a global company offering fantastic career opportunities and the chance to grow within the organisation in Ireland and abroad?    
Smurfit Kappa is a world leading producer of paper-based packaging. Acting as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for customers’ packaging requirements, serving a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, agriculture, technology and consumer goods. 


A superb opportunity has now arisen for a number of Graduates to join our team as part of a 2 year Graduate Management Programme.  

This is an ideal opportunity for a driven and dynamic graduate looking to take their first steps on the career path to success. For the right candidate, Smurfit Kappa actively promotes internal advancement, making this a rare and exciting opportunity not to be missed.  

As part of the programme, you will undertake a challenging and rewarding Graduate Training Programme that will consist of four placements, each lasting six months. Placements primarily in Ireland will feature one major assignment or a series of small projects to provide you with the crucial experience and knowledge to succeed in your future career.  

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. 

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.



  • To be considered for this role, you must have a degree. Equally important is your initiative and determination to succeed. 
  • Candidates should be mobile as each placement location varies around Ireland and Abroad.
  •  Strong communication skills
  • Adaptable, the graduate programme allows you to develop experience across all sectors from the factory floor to assisting the CEO.
  • Enthusiastic and dynamic
  • An eagerness to learn
  •  Proactive
  •  Fluency in a foreign language, in addition to English is preferable but not a requirement​
  • Must be able to work in Europe without a Visa/sponsership

How to Apply