My first RB blog
09 October 13
Hi my name is Hélène, and I am a Commercial graduate. I have just completed my first year of the graduate scheme in the UK business within the marketing department. During my time in marketing, I worked in the Surface Care and Disinfection team on Harpic and Dettol, two fantastic brands. The scope of projects I was given in this year was incredible, varying from NPD launches to exciting campaign executions and artwork development.
That's the great thing about the graduate scheme at RB, you are given a lot of responsibility from the start. While a lot of companies may say this in their job description, at RB it really is true! Also, with the fantastic portfolio of household and healthcare brands that RB possesses, you can get involved in some truly exciting projects. This for me is the selling point of the scheme at RB, as it gives each graduate the opportunity to take initiative, be entrepreneurial, and really contribute something to the business.
My main reason for choosing to work in the FMCG industry was that it allows you to see the impact of your work come to life in store and on the shelf. RB has not failed to prove this to me, even from a junior position. Although the work can be challenging, the fast-paced and dynamic nature of the company and the great team spirit helps you to not only overcome these challenges, but also to learn a lot.
After completing one year in marketing in the UK, I have been given the opportunity to work in Sales within the Spanish business in Barcelona. In the Barcelona business, I will be working in the shopper marketing team on personal care brands and Air Wick. I am truly excited not only to start this new role in sales, but also to discover another business, a different consumer and new market dynamics. The opportunity to complete two different functions in two different countries has been another of the best things about RB for me. As my goal is to have an international career, Spain seemed like a natural choice for me and allows me to use my language skills. If you’re looking to have an international career, RB can help you accomplish this. With so many offices across the globe, in both developing and developed markets, the door is open for you to experience what you want and where you want it! The possibility to have such an experience is interesting on so many levels - culturally, linguistically and for your career development.
After experiencing my first year in the business, if I had to use two words to describe the environment at RB they would be: fast and challenging:
Fast because ideas are aligned, implemented and executed in short timings. You could be presenting your ideas for a project one day, and the next day kicking off the execution of the idea! This is very unique to RB's style, as with many other companies, an NPD launch could take a year or two, whereas at RB it could take 6 months! That's one of the aspects that I like about RB, it allows you to see the fruits of your labour very quickly come to life in market.
I say challenging because even as a graduate you are given a lot of responsibility and visibility, and although there is a certain amount of pressure to perform, this also allows you to voice your opinions and propose your ideas if you believe something should be changed. My one piece of advice would be to be prepared to be thrown in the deep end.
Overall, I believe that a career at RB is both demanding and very rewarding! So if you enjoy tackling challenges in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, then RB could be the place for you.