What is the best thing about working at P&G?
My favorite things about working at P&G are the responsibility you are given right from day one, and the interesting, challenging projects you work on. Despite the huge size of the company I have always felt empowered to make recommendations and change and can see where my work links into the big picture. As an intern I was encouraged to challenge the status quo and found that people at any level were receptive to a new outlook and ideas. Many people from my University class pursued careers in consulting, but I have found it more interesting and rewarding to work for a company that you are a part of and feel invested in, and that makes all sorts of products I use everyday!
What did you learn and experience while working at P&G?
In just a few months I have learnt lots at P&G! From technical skills in my analytics discipline to managing multiple projects at once to universal skills like communicating and presenting. You learn in P&G every day from the experienced people you work alongside and from the structured learning programs online and on-site. I started my P&G IT career as an intern in HR Services and Solutions in Newcastle and am now working in Business Intelligence in Geneva. In a short timeframe I have had the opportunity to experience life and work in two new cities, and work with people from all over Europe and the world.
Describe a meaningful or challenging day at work.
A day at work for me could involves working with people in other functions, often Brand Managers or people from the Consumer and Market Insights team to identify key business questions for analysis. These questions could involve pricing, promotion strategy, product portfolio, or many other topics. My job is to use a combination of analytics and business knowledge to generate understanding and recommendations. I start by gathering data that P&G obtains on consumer purchases and then use programs like Excel, Knime, Spotfire, and P&G-built custom analysis tools to turn the data into useful commercial information. My aim is to make recommendations or show people from other teams new information they may not have known about the market. An important part of my job is being very in touch with what is happening in the business across all our markets so that I can proactively identify areas where data and analytics insight can add value.