“Right from the get-go I felt the significance of my role and how big of an impact I could have on the business and the lives of consumers worldwide.”
Caline ElMir, Product Supply, Supply Network Operations, P&G UK Head Office, Weybridge
As a fresh graduate from university, my aim was to go directly into a job where I could have real responsibility versus the typical rotational placement. P&G offered me that in the form of the role of the Air Care Business planner. Right from the get-go I felt the significance of my role and how big of an impact I could have on the Air care business and the lives of consumers worldwide.
As a start, I began managing our 92-million-dollar Air care brands Febreeze and AmbiPur, leading new product launches, and partnering with commercial and supply teams to deliver growth through excellent service. A highlight was when I got to work on one of our biggest launches, the introduction of Febreze “Unstoppables” a totally new brand into the UK market which was super exciting! Seeing the products on shelf and knowing that consumers were enjoying them gave me such a feeling of satisfaction, significance and pride.
In addition, as a new hire, I was fortunate to take part and lead multiple step changing organisational projects. One of the most interesting projects that I worked on was nurturing and expanding the current capability of our business planner and customer teams. I got to work with people from different levels and background, explore what is critical for delivering the business and expand my own knowledge throughout the process! It was so interesting to be the one responsible for changing the existing system, developing it and implementing it across the organisation. I can never forget the day I knew that the system that I deployed will be re-applied in different market.
Within 6 months, I took over as the Business Planner in the UK/Ireland for total Home care. In this role I get the chance to work daily on new innovations, collaborate with supply team across plants, planning centre in Warsaw and regional business units in Geneva to make sure that UK and Ireland business requirements and market needs are met.
Looking back on the last 18 months of working to deliver Home care UK and Ireland business, I can see they were challenging, but inspiring! I was encouraged by being given big and real responsibility and always motivated by the support, mentoring and training that I received from my colleagues and manager. I couldn’t have wished for a better company or role to start my career in!