At Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland we believe in nurturing talent to help solidify our talent pipeline into the future. We do this by recruiting the best and brightest across the Island of Ireland.

Our Management Trainee Programme targets newly qualified students and offers them a 22 month placement in one of our five functions. The aim of the programme is to give trainees an in depth look at their chosen field and provides the ideal start to their fledgling careers.

Take a look below at what some of our past and present Management Trainees had to say about their experience on the programme.

Applications for the 2018 Management Trainee Programme are now open.

Direct Application link: http://tinyurl.com/cchbcioi

 

What is the Management Trainee Programme?

Our Management Trainee Programme attracts, recruits, develops and engages talented graduates for critical leadership positions in our future business. We focus on fast-track, structured development, looking to sustain high levels of performance and maximise potential.

Operating in 28 countries, Coca‑Cola HBC brings enjoyment to 585 million people through its market-leading brands. This means we can offer international experience and fast-paced development to our young future leaders. From day one, you'll discover a culture where people are truly dedicated to living our values and to achieving their full potential.

Our management trainee programme is an important part of our talent development strategy. We have been recruiting and developing graduates for many years through independent cross-country initiatives, as well as tailor-made programmes.

We take a strategic approach – this programme is a long-term investment to strengthen our company talent pool for the future.

What Do We Offer?

What we offer

  • A focus on your needs – we’ve taken into account the characteristics, values and job expectations of graduates today
  • Meaningful opportunities – we align your development with business needs to prepare you for specific leadership positions and career paths
  • Accelerated development – rotational assignments provide accelerated learning, new perspectives and the opportunity to gain knowledge from across the company
  • Contact with senior management – senior managers help to identify and develop trainees and will stay in touch
  • Mentoring – a senior manager provides advice on how to develop your professional profile and career
  • Measurable progress – we use a thorough set of performance indicators to track progress and to measure the success of the overall programme.

 

Meet our newest recruits

Working on the brands Deep River Rock, Fruice and Vegified is fast paced, exciting and dynamic. Lesley-Ann Wright, Commercial Management Trainee
Lesley-Ann's story so far

Commercial Management Trainee
Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Favourite Coca‑Cola HBC Product: Deep RiverRock Sugar Free Lemon and Lime.

 

In June 2017, I graduated from Ulster University Coleraine with a 1st class Honours in Consumer Management and Food Innovation. During my university career I studied various areas such as Consumer Marketing Management, Food Nutrition, Global Food Issues and Food Innovation. Looking back at my time in university, having a link between food nutrition and business is an excellent combination to kick start a career within the food and drinks industry.

I successfully secured a place on the Management Trainee program as a commercial graduate in September 2017. I am now working within the Marketing department in the Coca‑Cola Hellenic Brand team. Working on brands Deep RiverRock, Fruice and Vegified is fast-paced, exciting and dynamic. I have been involved in developing selling stories for the brands, taking the lead on Deep RiverRocks social media channels, organising Vegified sampling events and actively contributing to one of Deep RiverRocks newest campaigns! Being part of such a supportive and creative team has really made the transition from university to the working world an enjoyable experience, and I feel like I'm learning so much every day. 

Being a commercial graduate involves three rotations around the business, my next rotation will be Key Accounts and finally Commercial Excellence. This cross-functional experience is invaluable to developing my career path.

I would highly recommend the Management Trainee Programme as it gives you a wealth of experience across a range of functions, and a valuable insight into how a global brand and business operates.

When I read the job description for the Management Trainee Scheme I felt it would be an amazing opportunity to not only work for a globally recognised company but to also develop myself and gain the skills and experience that will allow me to become a successful manager in the future. Emma Entwistle, Supply Chain Management Trainee
Emma's story so far

Supply Chain, Management Trainee
Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Favourite Coca‑Cola HBC Product: Fanta Lemon

 

Before starting with Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottle Company, I graduated Queen's University Belfast in July 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During my time at university I was given the opportunity to complete a 12-month placement as a Forklift Design and Test Engineer for Hyster-Yale in Craigavon. After returning to university to complete final year, the search for a job began. That's when I found CCHBC’s Management Trainee Scheme. When I read the job description, I felt it would be an amazing opportunity to not only work for a globally recognised company but to also develop myself and gain the skills and experience that will allow me to become a successful manager in the future.

Throughout the program I will rotate through several different projects but my role mainly focuses on production within CCHBC. This will be an opportunity to not only meet people from different functions, but to gain an invaluable insight into how these functions work together within a large company.

During my first few days the thought of trying to integrate into such a large workforce seemed daunting but I quickly discovered how friendly the employees of CCHBC are and I soon felt like a member of the team. As I become more comfortable with the company's processes, I can contribute more to the projects I am working on and feel I will be able to make a positive impact throughout my 22 months on the scheme.

I am currently working on a project involving raw material supplied to the company, with the aim of identifying areas of improvement within this process to help the production lines run efficiently. This is a large-scale project as it encompasses a number of areas such as planning, procurement, production and engineering; this means that the potential benefits are large as well.

Another of my projects focusses on the canning line;  investigating the options to decrease the volume of low filled cans rejected daily on the production line. I am really enjoying the projects I have worked on so far and I find it very exciting to be a small part of the production of products you enjoy - like Fanta Lemon and Sprite, my personal favourites!

Looking ahead to the end of my 22 months I hope I will have developed many skills throughout the course of the Management Trainee Scheme that will benefit me in whatever role I find myself in. I hope that by working with different departments, I will find an area within CCHBC that I am passionate about and I'm confident that the Management Trainee scheme will equip me for that future career path. 

 

Having specialised in marketing for my last two years at university, the thought of being able to work in marketing for one of the biggest brands in the world was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Ross Espie, Commercial Management Trainee
Ross's story so far

Commercial Management Trainee
Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Favourite Coca‑Cola HBC Product: BPM

 

During my final year at university studying Business, I worked as a product specialist for Apple and it is from this role that I gained invaluable commercial experience in a fast paced and evolving industry, like that of Coca‑Cola HBC.

Following my studies, I wanted to secure employment doing something I enjoyed while using the knowledge I had learned from my four year degree at Liverpool's John Moores University.

I was drawn to the Management Trainee scheme, for the opportunity to experience three rotations within the commercial department as well as spend time in trade. Having specialised in marketing for my last two years at university, the thought of being able to work in marketing for one of the biggest brands in the world was also something I couldn’t turn down.

Within my first rotation in the marketing team there was a lot of new information to take in (mainly the acronyms!). It took me a while to acclimatize to my new surroundings but my colleagues across various departments were extremely supportive, and gave me some great insights into their ways of working.

Now that I feel more confident in my role in the marketing team, I have taken on more responsibility by taking the lead on some campaign activations for 2018 and hope to display that I am capable of doing this alongside my day-to-day responsibilities.

Ultimately, I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to work in a supportive working environment., with a company that really takes an interest in how it develop its employees. I hope to continue to expand my knowledge, gain new experiences from as many new projects as possible, whilst benefiting from learning from a really talented and fun group of people.

Everyday is a new opportunity to learn from the best people in the industry Scott J Gibson, Supply Chain Management Trainee
Scott's story so far

Supply Chain Management Trainee
Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Northern Irelan
Favourite Coca‑Cola HBC Product: Coca‑Cola 

 

In July 2017, I graduated from Ulster University with a Master’s degree in Engineering Management. This degree focused on manufacturing, engineering and business management, giving me an insight into how these disciplines combine for successful production. The course was five years long including a one-year placement at an leading international manufacturer. This placement gave me a grasp of what production engineering is all about and provided me with a platform to discover what area I wanted to pursue as a career. It also filled me with the desire to want to work for a large-scale company, responsible for manufacturing globally recognised brands. When I came across the Management Trainee Scheme at Coca‑Cola HBC I knew it would be perfect for me and would match my ambitions.

I secured my position on the Management Trainee Program within Supply Chain and I am now working within the Sustainability Department with a focus on sustainable packaging. I feel this is an exciting department to be involved in as it will give me the opportunity to contribute to important projects. These projects aim to yield results which will have a positive environmental impact, while responding to shopper needs and concerns. This excites me as it means I will have an involvement in projects which go beyond the factory and into the outside world.

I am also contributing to projects which involve the introduction of new products and processes to the production system. These projects will provide me with the experience of cross-functional team work aligning with procurement, logistics, engineering, packaging and more. Like my other projects, this will give me an opportunity to complete tasks which will have an impact on the products reaching our customers shelves.

Coca Cola HBC is an exciting place to work which will provide me with a vast array of opportunities to enhance my career and develop myself. Aside from the fact that I can work with my favourite drink (Coca‑Cola!), I can really push myself to make the most of this graduate programme and provide myself with the best experience for my career going forward.

Learn more

Our management trainee programme attracts, recruits, develops and engages talented graduates for critical leadership positions in our future business. We focus on fast-track, structured development, looking to sustain high levels of performance and maximise potential.

Operating in 28 countries, Coca‑Cola HBC brings enjoyment to 585 million people through its market-leading brands. This means we can offer international experience and fast-paced development to our young future leaders. From day one, you'll discover a culture where people are truly dedicated to living our values and to achieving their full potential.

Our management trainee programme is an important part of our talent development strategy. We have been recruiting and developing graduates for many years through independent cross-country initiatives, as well as tailor-made programmes.

We take a strategic approach – this programme is a long-term investment to strengthen our company talent pool for the future.

What we offer

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Want to find out more?

Coca‑Cola HBC offers a challenging place to work and a collaborative learning environment. With our support, you will develop and realise your full potential and make a significant difference in a driven company.

Interested? The programme starts at different times in different countries. For more information – and how to apply – go to your local Coca‑Cola HBC country website.

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