“Within the first few months, I was given projects to lead by myself, such as the new product qualification effort on our production lines. It was so interesting to be involved so closely in making the perfect, high quality products which thousands of consumers will see on the shelf and use every day.”
Ed Holt, Manufacturing, Manchester Pampers Manufacturing Plant
As a new graduate at P&G, I went directly into a job rather than onto a rotational placement graduate scheme, I therefore felt that I started to make a real impact from the very start. Before I started, I didn’t understand how I could make an impact on one of the business’ billion-dollar brands, Pampers. But as soon as I started I realised it really would be big responsibility from the start.
Within my first month, I conducted an effort study, examining every aspect of the department operation. I got the opportunity to present my study to the plant leadership team, and it was then used to set department priorities and budgets for the next fiscal year. I was incredibly proud I could make an impact so quickly. Within the first few months, I was given projects to lead by myself, such as the new product qualification effort on our production lines. It was so interesting to be involved so closely in making the perfect, high quality products which thousands of consumers will see on the shelf and use every day. I had to work with Research & Development to ensure we could reliably produce all new packaging, I had to coordinate a team of people across the manufacturing lines, making key decisions on stability and quality criteria. I have also been given the opportunity to get stuck in with all of the innovation in automation in the plant. I have worked with Autonomous Guided Vehicle in the palletising department which will deliver a step change in safety and productivity. I have also been involved from the initial project definition stages, liaising with external vendors, delivering the project and ensuring the new innovation we are bringing in will work with our current needs and operations.
Reflecting on the last 12 months of working to deliver these results, I can see they were challenging, but I had the support and confidence of being given real responsibility and accountability to achieve them. I was also given amazing training, mentoring and leadership from the beginning. So what seemed daunting at the beginning, dissolved into the desire to instead get stuck in and make a real impact, in a company that gave me the confidence and the skills to do so.