Current Role: Benefits Manager, People Department
Location: Head Office, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Joined Tesco: September 2015
I was actively looking to join a graduate programme when I completed my MSc in Management from Smurfit Business School. Tesco’s programme sounded interesting as grads get the opportunity to work both in-store and in head office across different areas including, finance, HR, buying, among others.
This was great for me as I wasn’t sure where my skillset was best suited. I was also attracted by the retail industry as it is very competitive and dynamic.
I’ve been with the company just shy of two years and I’m now in my fourth role, as the grad programme involved three placements.
I’ve gained so much experience in different areas of the business. For instance, the stores are very customer-facing and spending time there has given me a fuller picture of how strategic decisions made in the office can affect, not only our colleagues on the ground, but also our customers.
"The grad programme was great for me as I wasn’t sure where my skillset was best suited."
The grads are like a team. We met monthly for training days in the Tesco Academy, which I feel supported both my personal and professional development. We also presented a final project to the CEO and senior leadership team which demonstrated how we had worked collectively.
The grad programme is a ready-made network. There are lots of activities and events that the grads are involved in like, the Tesco’s Got Talent and Values Awards (colleague recognition awards), the Ploughing Championships, and other sponsorships.There are also regular competitions that colleagues can enter.
Tesco Mobile ran one where we had to submit a photo with anything phone-related. I made a porridge and cheese phone and won a nice new phone which my brother became the proud owner of.
"There’s quite a steep learning curve so you’re continuously challenged."
I’ve finished the grad programme now and I’m currently Benefits Manager which involves launching and managing all colleague benefits from our Tax Saver Schemes (Bike to Work and Commuter), SAYE (Save as You Earn), healthcare, car scheme, Privilegecard (10% colleague discount), Long Service Awards, and the various other benefits we offer colleagues. I’m always planning ahead for the next big launch of colleague activity.
I really enjoy my job as I learn something new daily. There’s quite a steep learning curve so you’re continuously challenged.
Recently everyone in our department received personalised wooden figures with a word that best describes each of us. Mine was ambitious which I thought it was quite apt.
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