In the last of our #GradLife series, Maddy McKenzie shares some highlights from the
Why did you apply for the graduate scheme?
I’ve always wanted to work in in the food and drink industry, and one of my first jobs was at Waitrose.
What does a typical day involve?
I’m an ‘Away From Home’ customer manager, and sit within the commercial team. That means I look after the relationships with customers such as The O2, NEC, Virgin Atlantic and some cinema chains where our drinks are sold. Last year I worked on an activation with Lionsgate and Vue Cinemas to promote the launch of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2; and I helped leverage
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt?
I didn’t realise how important the relationship is between the
What’s the best thing about working here?
I love the offices and how they’re so eco-friendly, and designed in a way to inspire you to think creatively. The food in the café is pretty good too! In my field sales role at
Tell us one of your favourite moments!
I’m lucky that I get to work directly with customers, as it means I get to take them out and entertain them with some “only Coke can do” magic. I took a cinema partner from New Zealand to the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final, and they won! They said it was one of those days they’ll never forget. It was only a month into my role so that was pretty epic. I also had the chance to meet Justin Bieber at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with
Do you have any advice for students looking for grad schemes?
Research the company. When you are applying for different schemes make sure the company matches you. If you’re not the right fit for a company don’t get demotivated about it, because they know what they’re looking for and you probably wouldn’t enjoy it if you did get through. The
What projects are you looking forward to next?
The last three months have been about getting to know the customers, and getting to know the team, so now I’m looking forward to getting stuck into projects and being able to manage them myself. I know what my capabilities are, and how to take ownership of my responsibilities, so I’m excited to see how it all pans out.
Coca-Cola European Partners will be accepting applications for the 2017 graduate scheme in October.
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