Current Role: In Store Assistant Brand Manager
How long have you been at P&G for: 2 months
If you had to describe what working at P&G is like in three words what would they be?
Why did you apply to P&G?
I wanted to join an international company with big opportunities for development and responsibility. P&G have a reputation as a fantastic home for marketing innovation and they have such a large portfolio of global brands; I was hooked. After speaking to P&G people on my university campus who seemed passionate about the business and its people, it felt like the right decision!
What do you do in your role on a day to day basis?
I work as an ABM (Assistant Brand Manager) on InStore within Brand Operations, developing the look and feel of a brand and its products to fit each UK retailer. Day-to-day this can mean working with a brand team and an artwork agency to create a menu of in-store artworks, designing bespoke ‘point of sale’ structures or executing retailer differentiation plans. Working across multiple brands offers plenty of opportunities to collaborate with people all over the business.
What has your training and development support have you been exposed to during your time with P&G?
You really are challenged to immediately own a part of the business, but the support you get is unwavering. This can come from initial training with your manager, online trainings, discussions with your team and people in other functions, new-starter courses or external talks; the opportunities to learn are never-ending. Ultimately, it is a fast paced environment, so you pick up most things from tackling the challenges at hand and understanding what areas you would like training on to help you develop further.
How is the work environment/culture at P&G?
The people truly make the culture. Everyone is intelligent, works hard and collaborates. P&G wants us to do well and this means that every idea is taken on board - whether you are 8 weeks or 8 years in, you have something to offer. Crucially, my colleagues are also a lot of fun, relaxed and I’m excited to come into work every day. There are lots of opportunities to really get to know your colleagues as friends; for instance within 6 weeks of starting in the company, I was off to Vienna with a large P&G collective to play in the company’s Football World Cup. It is an environment where people are genuinely happy for others’ success and will go out of their way to support each other through tough challenges.
How have you been challenged at P&G?
There are the daily challenges of the role; the expected and the unexpected. There are then the long term challenges of brand positioning and success (in the in-store environment for me). There are also the loosely defined challenges: to start something new, to lead a community project, to improve a process or to innovate for the better. I didn’t expect to be given opportunities to make a difference, so early on in my career but you are given full ownership to see them through and make them a success. Sometimes daunting, but always exciting.
What advice would you give to somebody considering applying to P&G?
Get a feel of the business from research and get a feel of the people from videos/ campus visits/ testimonials. Think about tangible examples to any strengths you have and show that you are willing to learn. Most importantly, everyone wants you to be great and be yourself, so just relax and smile!