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Lucy Cavallaro - Senior Commercial Analyst Navigation Show below Hide below

What the does a typical day look like and what are your key responsibilities as part of the graduate program?

Every day is unique and there is no set routine. Work can range from data modelling and commercial analysis, to working cross functionally on key business projects. Graduates are encouraged to voice their ideas and put their recommendations forward. We also have the opportunity to visit customer sites to achieve a greater understanding of Coca-Cola Amatil’s presence in the marketplace.

What was the best part of the graduate program?

The highlight was working in Melbourne for 6 months at SPC. I enjoyed my experience in the SPC commercial team, learning about a range of products and broadening my knowledge of the food & beverage industry. I had the opportunity to contribute to business strategies on various projects and present my analysis and recommendations to senior stakeholders, which allowed me to strengthen my communication and leadership skills. I also enjoyed working cross-functionally and extending my network across various teams including sales, marketing, procurement and operations.

What have you learned and how has this helped you in your career?

I learned the value of teamwork, working cross-functionally, maintaining open lines of communication with stakeholders, and considering both Coca-Cola Amatil’s and the customer’s perspectives. The rotations empowered me to build a broad knowledge base and a wide network across the organisation.

What advice can you give to graduates who are aspiring for their dream job?

Don’t be afraid to fail – treat these experiences as learning opportunities by challenging yourself and actively seeking feedback as you progress through each role.
Proactively seek a mentor for your personal and professional development and don't hesitate to voice your opinions and recommendations – this is highly valued at Coca-Cola Amatil!

 

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How did you get the job and why did you choose Amatil?

I heard great things about the culture at Amatil, and that immediately attracted me to apply here. Plus there was the experience of working for such a well known brand, that offered a wide variety of products to enjoy on every occasion.

What the does a typical day look like and what are your key responsibilities as part of the graduate program?

The great thing is you’re not treated like a “graduate”. Every role has responsibilities that are business critical. Most days consist of reporting in the morning, followed up with a few meetings with various stakeholders within the business to discuss your reports and analysis. Especially in a business that is so dynamic, with change happening everywhere, there always is a new project to work on too.

What was the best part of the graduate program?

One of the highlights has been the opportunity to hear from our immediate past Chairman, David Gonski. As well as having regular opportunities to hear from our Group Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at our monthly Graduate Conferences is invaluable to our development as Future Leaders.

What have you learned and how has this helped you in your career? Always ask why!

Being able to produce analysis is one thing, but asking the why, and understanding and knowing the detail behind your work and output best prepares you with whatever might come next. Asking the question never hurts, it rather shows your desire to learn and understand more.

What advice can you give to graduates who are aspiring for their dream job?

Through all the hard work you’ll be faced with in your career, you will always be surrounded by your team and other stakeholders. Building strong relationships with those around you is the first step to success, the rest comes after!

 

Natasya Wright - Assistant Strategy Manager Navigation Show below Hide below

 

What the does a typical day look like and what are your key responsibilities as part of the graduate program?

To me, Amatil’s graduate program is differentiated from others because you are actually doing real work that is important to the business, not just the coffee runs and photocopying that some of my friends did in their first jobs. Each person’s graduate experience will be different at Amatil and a typical day can look very different depending on what role you are doing. Some of my responsibilities included: analysing & understanding category trends and competitors in order to identify opportunities to strengthen Amatil’s portfolio, managing the financial accounts for Amatil’s acquisitions, supporting the CFO in understanding business performance and supporting the operational sales team in analysing success of initiatives in their channel. 

What was the best part of the graduate program?

The best part of the graduate program at Amatil is the rotations. I learned so much working through 4 teams in the business during my 2 year program and it helped me choose a career path that I may not have otherwise chosen. It’s really great to meet people in all different areas of the business and even now it’s so much easier to know who to contact for things. 

What advice can you give to graduates who are aspiring for their dream job?

There are many different ways to achieve a career path. Learn as much as possible from all the experiences you have and find out you are interested in, what your skill set is and what you need to develop. Talk to people who are in the roles that you are interested in.

Make sure they know you are interested in working in their team some day and know what skills are required to get there.

Talk to your current manager about how to develop these skills, so that you are best placed for the role when your dream job does come up.