Corporate Management Trainee Program Week 7 2018

Hi everyone, Erin Fitzgerald here to tell you about the first week of our first rotations. Everyone has been very excited to get their feet wet actually working on projects that have a huge potential to help their respective businesses. While training was great, getting the hands on experience in our roles has been very eye opening so far. We weren’t thrown into the deep end right away though; the transition has been fairly easy so far. Monday morning all of us met together on 76 where our managers picked us up—a nice leaving the nest ceremony of sorts for the University Relations (UR) team (we know they miss us). The rest of the week was fairly calm, with a mix of introductory meetings with our new teams and clarification meetings on the scopes of our projects. It really didn’t feel like a full work week until the end when we actually got the ball rolling on our projects.

Like Jake mentioned last week, it is sad to not see everyone each day. We all try to grab lunch together up in the marketplace when we have the time, but the separation anxiety is still there! I also have been lucky enough to work in a BU where 3 other trainees have been placed, so I get to see them every day. To kick off the posts about our rotations here is a brief overview of what we are doing in the Beverages, Snacks, and Desserts Business Unit (BU):

Erin Fitzgerald: I am working on the Refreshment Beverages team in a category finance role looking at our liquid concentrates business. It has been super interesting so far getting to know the portfolio of brands in Ref Bev and all the different products each brand has to offer—who knew there were so many types of Kool-Aid® drinks and drink mixes !

Jenny Hill: Jenny is working on the Planters® brand team on their iconic Corn Nuts® brand in a category marketing role.

“After 6 weeks in the classroom, the steepest learning curve so far has been where the rubber meets the road applying all the cross-functional insights learned to our new roles. As a category marketer on the Planters brand I have found the transition into the BU to be pretty seamless given the amount of support we have from our managers, HR, and our trainee family scattered across the KHC business. If there is ever a question, there is always someone willing to help.”—Jenny Hill

Colleen Green:  Colleen has been working with her managers to lead the 2019 integrated marketing communications strategy for the NUT-rition® brand, one of KHC’s wellness snacking brands.

“I have been working very closely with our creative and media agencies to build out a dynamic and competitive strategy. Working in the healthy snacking space is incredibly exciting due to the extreme growth of the category in recent years. I am looking forward to learning more about new media channels, vehicles, and strategies that reach our consumer on their path to purchase.”—Colleen Green

Karishma Hingorani: Karishma is working on the Beverage Mixes (BMX) business as well, serving as a category marketer on the innovation pipeline.

“We are in week 1 of our first project rotations, and I can honestly say I miss my 27 fellow CMT’s and the training program so much! My first project is working on 2020 innovation for iconic brands such as Kool-Aid®, Country Time®, Crystal Light®, and MiO®, and it’s very exciting knowing how big of an impact my project will have!”—Karishma Hingorani  

Marketplace.jpgI hope you enjoyed hearing a bit about what our cohort has been doing so far! We are all looking forward to getting into the thick of things with our projects and hope to end up with value add results at the end of our eight weeks.

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