Kick-start your career in farming by spending a year with McDonald’s tracing every step of our supply chain. Mentored by a host farmer as well as some of the UK’s leading food-supply companies, you’ll develop an in-depth experience in sectors such as beef (two placements available; one in the UK and one in Ireland), pork, potatoes, dairy and poultry farming – as well as an understanding of the whole agricultural supply chain. We’ll challenge you to develop a broad range of knowledge that’s needed to succeed in today’s farming sector, including business skills and technological know-how.

What we look for

We are looking for a full-time undergraduate studying at college or university within the UK or Ireland. You’ll need to be over 18 years of age and be determined to have a successful career within supply chain or farming. You’ll have good interpersonal skills and the ability to use your initiative and think innovatively to find practical solutions. You’ll have a keen interest in agricultural supply chain, experience in practical farming and the ability to work alone as well as part of a team. You must legally be allowed to work in the UK.



"Placements are not mandatory at the University I attend. I was drawn to the McDonald's programme because of the variety and getting exposure to the whole supply chain, including the opportunity to spend eight months practically working on farm. It has been a real eye opener and has given me lots of great contacts. It has also allowed me to appreciate just how much work goes on behind the scenes of McDonald’s in getting quality products to store. It has been a great experience and I've met lots of great people, just a shame it has to end!"

Grant Connor, Potato Placement 2017/18

Application process


Step 1

Fill in our online application (this takes about an hour).


Step 2

If we like what we read, we’ll invite you to an assessment day at our head office in London, possibly followed by further interviews.


Step 3

If all goes well, we’ll offer you a job.

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