The third week of the CMT program, focused on the Finance division of the company, has come to an end! This week gave our program an incredible glimpse at the financial veins of The KraftHeinz Company. Ian Kirk here to describe some of the highlights of the week! I am a recent graduate of the Wharton School at UPenn where I studied Economics with a concentration in Operations and Information Management and competed as a high jumper and javelin thrower for the varsity track and field team.
At the start of the week, we were taught the basics of “fun-ance” and how the teams have developed routines and rituals to evaluate the finances of a truly global company. Throughout the week, we had the opportunity to speak with Global CFO David Knopf, speak with the leaders of the various teams in the US and Global Zones and participate in four separate case studies. The program opened our eyes to the many moving parts that go into Corporate Finance and provided us with many different perspectives that teams must take to run one of the most financially efficient companies in the world.
Outside of the classroom, our cohort bonded with a karaoke night and spent the Fourth of July on the beach of Lake Michigan! We also celebrated a fellow trainee-friend’s birthday and went to the world-renowned comedy club, Second City. It has been a great experience exploring our new home of Chicago and getting to know the people we will be working with in the future.
My favorite quote of the week came from a meeting with our esteemed Global CFO, David Knopf, when he gave us advice on how he balances his busy work-life schedule: “It is important to understand your priorities in life, and actually prioritize them. If you do that, you will be successful no matter what.”