Life of a Supply Chain Graduate – Jade’s story
So you want to apply for the Boots Supply Chain and Logistics Graduate scheme but you’re not sure what it’s all about?…Read on!
After a fast-paced 4 months working in stores, which is the first part of the grad schemes with Boots, I have just completed my first 6 month placement in the Support Office, where I worked as an ASM in the toiletries category looking after female deodorants.
After an initial training period of about 4 weeks I began my role and it was full steam ahead.
As an ASM my primary responsibility was to make sure that the warehouse always had products in stock and to make sure that my products were available to customers in store.
In order to do this I had to communicate with suppliers, my commercial team, the warehouse and stores’ help desk on a daily basis in order to make sure that products were available.
Using a multitude of systems – each with their own unique way of working- I was able to place and amend orders, push extra stock to stores and change forecasts based on current and previous sales in order to ensure that the correct amount of stock was being sent out. I was also responsible for the successful delivery of rebuilds and in charge of any urgent recalls.
I was also on a monthly schedule of placing allocations, implementing promotions and doing supplier forecasts to make sure that I had enough stock for promotional activity. I found this the most challenging aspect of the role because no matter how much you prepare, it is always difficult to predict exactly how a product, especially a new line, will perform.
During my placement I was also involved in extra projects. These included helping with the Support Service Centre family fun day, working on a supply/commercial project for the Senior Leadership Team and being part of the Site Management team for our annual charity event, Benny Day. These extra projects were where I was able to develop additional new skills and meet new people around the business who I wouldn’t have otherwise met in the ASM role. I was able to be an integral part of large teams and lead smaller projects all with the support of other Graduates and fortnightly one to ones with my line manager.
On the scheme the cohort regularly meet with each other and the graduates in their second year to discuss any challenges that we might be facing and share any recent success stories. We also have regular off-site developmental training that helps us develop our leadership styles and connect with Graduates that we might see on a less regular basis. This really helps to build and maintain our relationships and give each of us the confidence to know that we’re doing great!
Overall it has been really exciting to be part of the team in support office, to assist stores, meet loads of new people and to learn skills that I will be able to utilise for the rest of my career!
Best of luck in your application!