Iceland joins MDS

Iceland joins MDS

This month, another prominent British retailer joined the MDS programme. Iceland, the UK’s leading frozen food specialist, has become an MDS Member.


The 50-year-old supermarket chain has over 900 stores throughout the UK. The growth in online shopping demand has resulted in the retailer investing in thousands of new roles across its business.

Iceland have also decided to invest in the future leaders of food and fresh produce by becoming an MDS Member.

“MDS appears to be the perfect solution to remove cost and risk”

Iceland HR Director Helen Tindle explained why Iceland decided to join the programme:

“Iceland are excited to start taking placements through the MDS graduate scheme and to seeing high-calibre MDS Trainees start to develop within our business. Getting new talent into the food industry and retail is vital if we are to continue to grow our own future leaders. MDS appears to be the perfect solution to remove cost and risk from the typical route into graduate recruitment schemes.”

Proven success

Helen explained that the business was very aware of the success of MDS Trainees before becoming a Member;

“We are proud to have MDS alumni amongst our senior leadership team and have seen the success they have brought to the business. We are really pleased to be in a position to work with MDS to help develop Trainees from the beginning of their journey.”

Iceland Foods Trading Director Andrew Staniland is an MDS Alum and took part in an MDS Beanstalk Global webinar in 2020. The retailer also recruited group 44 leaver, James Moran, in October.

The Member has already taken on three Trainees into commercial based secondments, Danielle Grootes, Oliver Gilding and Harry Weston.

We are looking forward to seeing some of the exciting opportunities Iceland can offer Trainees.