In what seems like the blink of an eye, we have reached the end of the trainee program. It’s hard to believe that it is already time for us to graduate and “jump over the city wall” as our CEO Bernardo Hees likes to put it. It has been such an incredible six months full of fun, laughter, and of course, learning.
Last week we presented the results of our final projects. This time around was a little bit different. Instead of presenting to the whole cohort, our managers, and HR Business Partners (HRBP), we presented to our function at our location. For some, such as the trainees working in Finance, this was still a significant crowd (about 10 trainees, as well as managers and HRBPs). For others, it was an audience of 2 or 3.
My second project rotation (and placement) is in Sales Planning for the Meal Solutions & Desserts business unit. I work as a liaison between the internal Marketing department and the external Field Sales teams. I had an opportunity to visit our sales team in Cincinnati, Ohio and shadow the Customer Category Managers. Getting to see what they do every day, as well as attending meetings with the customer has vastly increased the understanding I have about the way field sales works. This experience will be very valuable in my role.
With graduation so soon, we are all going through a bit of a transition into our new roles. I will be transitioning into a Category Sales Planner role for the Family Favorites businesses. This means I will be taking ownership of sales planning duties for the Taco Bell, Stove Top Stuffing, and Shake N’ Bake brands. It is really exciting to have an opportunity to own a part of the business myself, and to be able to make decisions (and of course, inevitably, mistakes) that will have a direct impact on the business.