Engineering Graduate programme

Polymer | Chemical

“I completed my Polymer Processing Technology degree through Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT / TUS) (AIT) and I’m currently working in the new product design department (NPD) in Mannok’s food packaging production facility.”

John Maguire

Graduate Polymer Technologist

“As a graduate, the experience of working with highly experienced Engineers in an area which is rapidly developing new and innovative sustainable solutions is invaluable. I am involved in industry leading product development projects and am part of a team which is at the fore in the challenge to eliminate plastic waste, which is a very rewarding experience.

I now hope to continue my studies whilst working in Mannok to obtain my Masters in advanced polymer materials.”

John Maguire

Graduate Polymer Technologist

Engineering Opportunities

Graduate Polymer and Chemical Engineers have the opportunity to work in our world class consumer packaging manufacturing facilities on developing and producing industry leading sustainable food packaging solutions.

Graduates will gain experience in a range of cutting-edge technologies, including sheet extrusion, injection moulding, thermoforming and product decoration, with sophisticated in-house VACUREMA recycling system integrated with our extrusion lines enabling the use of post-consumer, non-food grade PET flakes to directly extrude high quality, food grade sheet.

Our drive to improve the recyclability of plastic food packaging has resulted in a range of innovative solutions, including our pioneering Detecta by Mannok, a world first solution to make the recycling of black PET meat trays possible.

Plastic Food Packaging

Our Innovative Sustainable Solutions

The Programme

Working alongside our expert Engineers, you will have an important role to play in ensuring the efficient running of production and maintaining the highest product standards, gaining experience in challenges in all operational and strategic aspects of the business including product, quality assurance, engineering and product development.

The carefully structured programme will expose you to real projects and challenges faced in a fast-paced manufacturing environment, with support from a dedicated, experienced mentor.

The programme will also ensure you have the opportunity to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of polymers (PET, PP, PS and PE) plus gain experience of working in a manufacturing environment which is fully accredited to international standards.


Minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Polymer / Chemical Engineering or an Engineering degree with Polymer / Chemical specialism.

  • Why Work with Mannok
  • Benefits & Rewards
  • Professional Development
  • Wellbeing
  • Why Work with Mannok

    Why Work with Mannok

    At Mannok, we value the strength, skill and ingenuity of our workforce and we're committed to continual development and investment in our people to support every employee to achieve their career goals.

    We have a diverse culture, reflected not only in our business functions, but also in our people. A career with Mannok means joining a team that puts people at its core, whether it be customers, partners or employees. We offer significant development opportunities through a wide and varied range of roles and actively seek out potential.

    Mannok is an industry leader, with over 830 employees and almost 50 years of manufacturing history, supplying quality products to some of the construction and food packaging industries’ largest organisations.

    Sustainability sits at the heart of our values, as outlined in our 2030 Vision. We have ambitious targets which will see us transform from a carbon intensive business to a more sustainable pathway. In order to achieve our sustainability goals, we will rely on the commitment and support of every employee and seek to recruit those with shared values. We have built our vision on three core pillars of People, Planet and Partners, each of which are essential to the long-term success of our organisation, ensuring we continue to make a substantial contribution to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of this region for the next and future generations.

  • Benefits & Rewards

    Benefits & Rewards

    We value our people and give recognition for personal success, drive, commitment and determination. We understand that rewards are more than pay and performance related bonuses, so we have a variety of benefits to cater for the diverse needs of our people, these benefits include:

    • Attractive performance related pay scheme with annual salary review
    • Pension scheme
    • Life Assurance scheme
    • Sponsorship for professional qualifications / study leave
    • Enhanced company sick scheme
    • 30 days annual leave, inclusive of bank holidays
    • Incremental holiday allowance increase for long-term service
    • Skills Development Programme with structured career pathways linked to salary increments, rewarding multi-skilled personnel
    • Social Club
    • Discount on company products
    • Health & Wellbeing Programme
  • Professional Development

    Continuous Professional Development

    A career with Mannok offers a range of opportunities to continue learning and professional development, both internally as part of your role, and through our numerous educational and professional development partnerships.


    We are changing how we develop, measure, and recognise levels of skills and competency in our business through the extension of our award-winning Skills Development Programme to every employee to enable all staff to become up-skilled and cross-skilled.

    The Programme will provide every employee with a structured development pathway and the necessary training materials to support their progression. Progress is linked to salary increases, ensuring our employees are financially rewarded for their skills and experience and are supported and encouraged to achieve their career goals.


    At Mannok, we enable and encourage employees to progress their careers with recognised courses and qualifications in a wide range of disciplines through our range of development partnerships with some of the country’s leading educational and professional bodies. Employees have the opportunity to gain degree level qualifications and go on to become chartered in their relevant role.

  • Wellbeing

    Wellbeing & Resilience

    Here at Mannok, we recognise the importance of looking after our employees’ mental health and wellbeing, and that our duty of care goes beyond ensuring physical safety.

    We aim to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of every Mannok team member and provide support to help sustain our people and build resilience into our business systems.

    We have established a partnership with local mental health charity, AWARE, and introduced a new Mental Health Charter to outline our commitment to the mental wellbeing of our employees. We have trained mental health first aiders across our business and all managers receive mental health training.

    Activities and advice on looking after your mental wellbeing are actively promoted through our internal communication channels and we provide signposting to support services available. Our digital employee health and wellbeing portal provides access to health, fitness and mindfulness classes and multiple resources to enable a tailored wellbeing platform for every Mannok team member.