MSO Cleland

MSO Cleland

MSO Cleland Ltd are a market leading packaging company with almost 150 years of history based in the heart of East Belfast. While our past is important to us, our future is even more so.

By coming onboard as an Apprentice with MSO Cleland, you can secure a role that offers a competitive starting salary and fast paced development and progression opportunities.

399 Castlereagh Road,
Belfast, BT5 6QP

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HEAR from the employer...

MSO Cleland are committed to developing new and existing talent across the business and apprentices have an important role to play in the future success of our Company. We offer a comprehensive training plan and the full support of a dynamic and enthusiastic workforce and management team.
Since 2016 we have taken on 16 apprentices across various areas of our business from design to manufacturing, support services and warehousing and we are proud of our role in helping so many young people achieve success in their work life and develop both personally and professionally.

Steven Martin
Warehouse Manager / HR Advisor
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I was working in a restaurant for many years when I decided I wanted something more challenging. That’s when I saw an advertisement for the Apprenticeship Scheme outside MSO when I was out for a walk. Being from the area this enabled me work within my own local community. Once I found out that I had been successful in gaining a position within the Company’s Apprenticeship Scheme I was put through a thorough induction process. This allowed me to gain a better understanding of what exactly MSO does and sets out to achieve for their customers. I instantly clicked with my new team in Customer Services which made the transition from working in a restaurant to an office that much easier. The support from the team has really made my experience. It has also had a positive impact on my training as I now have a customer account of my own to manage.

The work life / balance here at MSO is fantastic, especially for me coming from the hospitality industry. Along with the people and possibility for advancement this is a major factor in keeping me motivated.

I am looking forward to developing a career within MSO. My position provides a challenging and varied workload that will allow me to make the very most of my strengths in customer service and administration and will additionally provide ongoing personal and professional development.

Stacey Orwin
Customer Services - Former Apprentice now Team Member

I joined MSO in 2019 through their Apprenticeship Scheme after leaving college and looking for a new full time job. My first role was in the Quality Department checking production jobs met the customers standards. After 6 months I moved to the Labels Department to begin training as a printer. The team made it really easy to settle in and they gave me a lot of support which made the training so much easier. Recently, I had the opportunity to further my career by moving again this time to the Litho department where I am currently training as a Litho Printer. The opportunities I have been given to further myself and earn the relevant qualifications through college has been greatly appreciated.

Daniel Francis
Litho Printer

Current Opportunities

Printing > Level 2&3

Machine Printing Level 2

Level 2&3

Location: 399 Castlereagh Road, Belfast

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Warehousing and Storage > Level 2

Warehousing and Storage

Level 2

Location: 399 Castlereagh Road, Belfast

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A bit MORE about us...

Who we are

Founded in 1876 as McCaw Stevenson and Orr (Printers) Ltd the company has undergone many changes over the years. In 2014, MSO Cleland became part of the wider Cartoncare Group which has further sites in Newry and Malvern (England) and in 2022 we entered into a joint venture with Van Genechten Packaging, the 4th largest packaging Company in the world, who have a further 10 manufacturing sites in Europe.

What we do

MSO Cleland produce cartonboard packaging and self adhesive labels for a variety of markets including food, drinks and pharmaceutical.

We have extensive design, production, customer service and delivery facilities servicing our substantial customer base across the UK and Ireland.

The wide range of cartons and labels we produce are both functional in protecting our customers goods but also designed to enhance the product for marketing purposes.

MSO seek to provide a high service level and excellent quality through innovation and continual improvement and take pride in how we deal with our customers, suppliers, employees, the Environment and the community around us.

Employee Benefits

MSO Cleland values its employees and we pride ourselves on developing talent to help everyone become the best that they can be. Many of our key operators have been internally trained vastly improving their skills and job satisfaction and allowing them to progess within the Company.

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