One year into my Graduate Scheme…

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I have had some great training so far in this role involving leadership skills which I have been putting into practise and my confidence has soared! "

You may remember me from my last post earlier in the year from when I worked out in store and then in the Pharmacy Supply team. I thought I would give an update to where I am now on the Supply Chain graduate scheme.

I am currently working in the Global Brands department in our warehouse in Burton as an admin    team leader.  This department is where we ship our most famous brands like No7 and Soap and Glory all over the world – even as far as Thailand and Chile!  As you can imagine, there is lots of organising and problem solving to do in this role such as arranging the transport, liaising with the shop-floor operation and even down to putting different language variants on our products.

I have had some great training so far in this role involving leadership skills which I have been putting into practise and my confidence has soared!  I have also had the opportunity to cover for my manager whilst he was on holiday which was a great insight into the life of a department manager in the warehouse.

For my last placement in Pharmacy Supply I was based in our Support Office in Nottingham so I have been continuing to link in with my network there whilst I am working in Burton.

I have regular catch ups with the other Supply Chain graduates over a coffee to see how everybody is getting on and if we can support each other in any way.  This is a great way to find out what is happening across our function.  As a graduate cohort, we recently had another executive session, this time with the Director of Omnichannel where we could ask questions and get advice from one of our top leaders. I also meet with my mentor to chat about my role and my future goals.

 

I love working in the warehouse as it is very similar to the store environment, a big team with great people and very fast-paced.

I love linking in with current students who are thinking about their next stages in their careers so I recently volunteered to do a presentation at our ‘Work Inspiration’ events.  This was to students aged 14-19 about how to perfect your presentation skills. I also went back to my University in Sheffield to help at their careers fair – answering any questions that students may have and promoting all the things you can get involved in as part of the Boots Talent programmes.

Look out for a blogpost next year with an update on where the graduate scheme takes me next…

Frances Assistant Supply Manager in Pharmacy