Commercial & Marketing Graduate London 2024

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Family and ideas have always been our ingredients. Our founding families believed biscuits and chocolates could bring moments of happiness to the world. Their ideas have stood the test of time. Their spirit continues to inspire our future. It’s in the care and the craft we bake into biscuits and chocolates that have been loved for generations. And it’s in the fresh ideas, the new twists, flavours and textures we add to old and new favourites.

Day in and day out, our 16,000 brilliant colleagues bring it to pladis. Bring what?

Their will to win. Their drive and ambition. Their brilliant ideas. Their whole selves. Their passion for our globally loved biscuits and chocolates. Their excitement at being part of the world’s fastest growing snacking business. And their belief in our purpose to bring happiness with every bite.

About the role

As part of our ‘Emerging Talent’ Graduate Programme you will have the opportunity to work with some of the Nation's Favourite biscuit brands including McVities, Jaffa, Penguin, Mini Cheddars, Jacob’s and Carr’s.

As a Commercial & Marketing Graduate, you will join a 2-year rotational programme where you will get in-depth experience across several areas within our commercial and marketing functions. The rotational placements will build commercial foresight through stretching entry level roles, supported by functional training and development.

Throughout the 2 years, you will develop understanding of sales and marketing through our customers, our brands and channels, you will also gain an understanding of how our Category, Shopper Marketing and Net Revenue Management (NRM) teams support our Commercial goals.

Rotations will include a selection of the following experiences:

Sales

Working in either our Grocery or Convenience & Impulse teams, a rotation into a Sales Executive role will be focused on developing our pladis portfolio with our customers. Our focus is to deliver the sales fundamentals for the business through working with our customers to enhance their business and grow sales. You will support in developing and delivering an annual strategic account and channel plan, manage P&L responsibility, as well as plan and implement promotional plans.

Marketing

A rotation as an Assistant Brand Manager will contribute fully to the delivery of one of our brand teams, with a high degree of influence and responsibility. This includes developing and implementing key brand initiatives such as product renovation development projects, product launches and social media campaigns, to deliver the overall revenue and profit delivery of a brand portfolio. You will develop, drive and implement the strategic marketing plan for the brand portfolio, ensuring both short and long-term financial targets are achieved.

Category

The role of the pladis Category Management team is to help our retail customers to grow the sales of snacking products as an overall category. This is achieved through the provision of industry-leading shopper, retailer and market insights that enable robust decision-making on product ranges, merchandising, business planning and promotions. In a rotation as a Graduate Category Development Manager, you will be accountable for developing and driving plans that deliver category growth, supported by the Senior Category Manager or Category Controller for the channel.

Shopper Marketing

In a rotation as a Shopper Marketing Graduate, you will support the design and implementation of cost effective, differentiated, and tailored shopper marketing campaigns. Working closely with Senior Shopper Marketing Manager and the wider commercial team to compete efficiently.

Net Revenue Management (NRM)

The NRM team are responsible for developing the Pack, Price and Promotional Strategy across all pladis brands, including Innovation, working across all channels and customers. The team are responsible for identifying a long-term commercial strategy which drives revenue and profit growth.

Cross functional opportunities

As part of your rotations, there may be an opportunity to do alternative cross-functional placements, including opportunities outside of our commercial functions. These could include Commercial Planning, Supply Chain, Commercialisation or Finance to name a few. All rotations will be supportive in developing rounded Commercial future talent.

Person Specification

  • Achieved or working towards a 2:2 or above degree in any field
  • Proactive approach to getting things done
  • Continuously looking to improve with growth mindset
  • Ability to analyse problems, create insight and propose innovative solutions
  • Passion to work in partnership to achieve common goals
  • Resilience when faced with setbacks and enthusiasm to achieve
  • Ability to flex approach to ensure effective communication
  • Motivated to drive your career, and to seek new experiences to support your ambitions
  • Passion and excitement for a career in the food industry
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Desirable: Full UK Driving Licence

Location and Salary

This role will be based at pladis’ global head office at the beautiful Chiswick Park, which comprises of 1.8 million sq ft of award-winning accommodation and over 45,000 sq ft of retail including the on-site Virgin Active gym, restaurants, convenience stores and an ever-changing array of pop-up traders and street-food vendors.

This role is an agile 3,2 working pattern with 3 days in the office and 2 days from home.

There is limited parking at Chiswick Park, which is available on a first come first served basis, however the business park is well-connected via public transport links and we encourage colleagues to use these.

As part of our emerging talent programme you will need to be flexible to travel to other sites and to customers across the UK for both the role and training.

The starting salary is £32,000 with a joining bonus equivalent to one month's base salary to help you prepare for the scheme, which includes moving and other expenses. This would need to be repaid should you decide to leave within 12 months of the programme.

Our Purpose

Bring happiness with every bite. 

It’s a purpose that every one of our colleagues, all around the world believes in. And while we’re all unique, we also share the same values.

Each of our values is important on its own. In combination, they’re incredibly powerful.

Our values have deep personal meaning to us. They’re part of who we are and what we stand for as an employer. Living our pladis values is a key part of success, look out for questions in your interview that link to these key pladis values.

Winning traits and behaviours

  • Purpose led – We’re energised and guided by our purpose to bring happiness with every bite
  • Agile – We’re ever evolving, we never stand still, always improving for our customers and our consumers
  • Positive – We’re highly motivated optimistic, courageous, and we inspire each other to be better
  • Resilient - We’re persistent in the face of setbacks, quick to adapt, learn and move forward
  • Collaborative – We gain strength from operating as one pladis, winning and succeeding together.

Best mix of ingredients

pladis is an equal opportunities employer, like every great recipe we’re a thoughtful mix. A happy and inclusive place to work that’s as diverse as our consumers and the communities we support, live and work in, all around the world. Where every voice is heard, and difference is celebrated. Where fresh perspectives and new ideas help us grow and thrive.

We want you to have every opportunity to bring your whole-self and show us your talents.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform key job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Application Process

The application process for pladis’ Emerging Talent Graduate Programme will close on Friday 5 th January.

  • Complete initial screening to give us more information on yourself and motivation for joining pladis.
  • After this is reviewed you will be invited to complete some online assessments.
  • The next stage following successful completion of the assessments will be a video interview, to allow us to find out more about you and your interest in pladis’ Emerging Talent Graduate Programme.
  • Finally, if successful, you will be invited to the final stage of the recruitment process which is to deliver a presentation. This will be held in person at Chiswick Park during the last 2 weeks of February.
DEADLINE 5th January 2024