INTRODUCING OUR GLOBAL GRADUATE PROGRAMME

Some graduates are more ambitious than others. More innovative. More collaborative. More adaptable. More courageous. This is what singles them out as future leaders. If that’s you, take an inspiring journey. Choose British American Tobacco’s one-year Global Graduate Programme. Choose to start your career as you mean to go on.

THE PROGRAMME

If you have what it takes, no other organisation offers a graduate experience quite like BAT’s. Whether you join us in Marketing & Sales, Human Resources, Finance or Operations, it’ll be fast-paced. Exciting too. Expect the experience to stretch and test you. But, ultimately, it will propel you into a management role in just 12 months.

Our programme will see you hit the ground running. It means contributing in a real job from day one. It means developing your potential through world class training. It means connecting you with your peers and senior colleagues from across the globe – and learning all you can from both. Ultimately, it means you’ll be preparing the groundwork for where you go next. If you’re going to be the success your potential promises, robust foundations are essential. You’ll get those here – and more besides.

ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENT
ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENT

We don't believe in hand-holding. So, you’ll need to choose to take the initiative when it comes to your career. 70% of your learning and development will be on the job. 20% will be through coaches, mentors and colleagues. And the final 10% will be formal training.

Find out more:

Your onboarding – A comprehensive introduction to our business that starts even before you join and provides clarity on your role and where you fit in.

The BAT Academy – Our own, world-class learning academy in England. As a graduate, you’ll enjoy a highly stimulating and development experience for two weeks in your first year.

World-Class Learning – World class training. And over 3,000 online courses offered through sources including Lynda.com and Harvard ManageMentor. So, you’ll have access to some exceptional learning tools.

International Exposure – Hands-on opportunity, to collaborate with global colleagues to add lasting value to our business.

ABOUT YOUR IMPACT
ABOUT YOUR IMPACT

Your impact on our business starts on day one. You’ll have a real commercial job. At the frontline of our business. It’s up to you to prove you can deliver results.

One of the key parts of our business is meeting consumers' needs. That’s why it's so important that you learn what this part of the business is about. Working in a specific role, you’ll get to understand the challenges we face. The opportunities we have. And the vast amount of hard work it takes to stay ahead of what consumers want. So, you’ll enjoy practical, hands-on work. In fast-moving business. All in an incredibly short space of time.

But it’s not all about learning. Make no mistake, you’ll be making a real contribution to our business from day one. And we'll expect you to deliver real, commercial results.

ABOUT YOUR FUTURE
ABOUT YOUR FUTURE

We're serious about putting you on the right career path. So, our Global Graduate Programme is just a stepping-stone to bigger and better things. Of course, no two careers are the same. But take a look at how you could progress over the next five years.

GLOBAL GRADUATE PROGRAMME

Build your consumer knowledge, functional skills and practical hands-on experience.

JUNIOR MANAGER

Sharpen your functional and leadership capabilities. All while developing a deeper understanding of consumers.

MANAGER

Build on your functional skills and management capabilities as a true business leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUNCTIONAL AREAS

You can find out more about the four areas below. Whichever you choose, the programme starts with a frontline, field-based, commercial challenge. Anticipating and meeting our consumers’ preferences is the crucial indicator of our business success. It’s at the heart of what we do. So, it’ll form the core of what you do. And test your commercial thinking to the full.

There will be some regional and functional area variances. But wherever you’re based and whatever your position, your first role will give you a vast amount of practical, hands-on experience in an incredibly short space of time. As your career unfolds, you will understand the value of it.

FINANCE
FINANCE

WHAT WE DO

Far-reaching. Influential. Strategic. That’s our Finance area. As finance managers, we don't just set budgets and report results. We’re decision makers and business partners. Operating at the heart of a multi-million-pound global business. Advising on the allocation of resources for brand investment. Working with different functions to evaluate and improve returns. And managing the delivery of consistent profit growth.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

First, you’ll build commercial experience in one of our end markets. Then you’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your financial knowledge. This could be in Corporate Finance, Corporate Tax, Treasury, Audit, Mergers & Acquisitions or one of our regional finance shared service centres.

MARKETING & SALES
MARKETING & SALES

WHAT WE DO

Global horizons. Iconic brands. Intense competition. Complex regulatory challenges. It all adds up to one of the world's most exhilarating marketing challenges. So, our marketing teams use innovative brand initiatives to delight adult smokers. To build loyalty. And to keep us out in front.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

Over 12 months, you'll learn trade marketing fundamentals from a field-based commercial role. Then you’ll experience roles covering brand positioning, brand authorship, consumer dialogue, account classification, strategy planning and market tracking. This will prepare you for one of the following areas:

Brand Marketing – See how brand positioning and authorship fit into the wider creative process as you help develop our campaigns. You'll get to work closely with our agencies. From brief through campaign execution to follow-up brand activities.

Trade Marketing & Distribution – Learn how to work with retail and wholesale customers. Market to shoppers. And optimise our routes to market.

Strategy Planning & Insights – Understand the research tools and insights behind our decisions. Learn about the competitor analysis that informs our market knowledge. And discover the planning processes that keep our brand activities on track.

Next Generation Products – Learn how we’re developing products with potentially reduced risks to address the public health impact of smoking. Work with scientists and regulators to promote this next generation of products. Advocate a regulatory approach that puts consumer safety and product quality first. And encourage the growth of new, potentially reduced-risk products.

HUMAN RESOURCES
HUMAN RESOURCES

WHAT WE DO

We have 55,000 talented people to look after. And thousands more to attract. So, as global HR teams, we need to be incredibly progressive. We offer world-class expertise and support across Global Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Organisational Effectiveness, Reward and Industrial Relations.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

You can look forward to a busy year. It takes in a commercial challenge that gives you insights into what a large proportion of our workforce does. And you’ll get to grips with the strategic nature of HR, too. All the while enjoying management training to develop your commercial awareness and leadership skills. Then you'll be ready to move into any one of these HR areas: Generalist, Attraction & Recruitment, Performance & Learning or Organisational Effectiveness.

OPERATIONS
OPERATIONS

WHAT WE DO

We have factories around the world making nearly 700 billion cigarettes a year. Not to mention plants making roll-your-own tobacco and oral tobacco products like snus and moist snuff. So, the scale of our Operations is huge. It takes innovative thinking and the latest technology to deliver the best results for our consumers and our business.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

You’ll build on your experience from the commercial challenge. Learn about the range of our Operations. And experience life at the sharp end in one of these business areas:

Leaf (buying tobacco from farmers)
Plan (balancing supply with demand)
Logistics (managing supply chain flow and strategy)
Product Innovation (working with Marketing & Sales and R&D to introduce new products)
Make (manufacturing)
Procurement (focusing on innovation, smart spending and quality partnerships)
Service (understanding consumer needs to put them at the heart of Operations; or supporting our transformation in Global Business Services)

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR DEVELOPMENT

It all starts with a comprehensive on-boarding experience. A journey through the world of BAT. Discover our history. Our vision. Our values. Understand our business strategy – what we call the BAT way. And learn about our entire business. Our leaf and factory operations. The products we sell. The markets we operate in. The organisations we compete with. And, of course, the consumers we serve.

Get to know how our support functions work together. Areas such as Finance, Human Resources, Legal and External Affairs. All meeting our global business needs to take us forward. And understand your crucial role. How we’ll help you develop. What we expect from you. And, just as important, what you can expect from us in return.

THE BAT ACADEMY
THE BAT ACADEMY

In your first year, you'll meet up with other BAT graduates from across the globe for a two-week-long residential course. At our dedicated, world-class learning academy in the heart of the English countryside.

They’re your opportunity to understand the wider world of BAT and the potential it offers.

This is designed to help you in three key areas. Building your functional capabilities. Sharpening your commercial edge. And honing your leadership skills. You’ll also get to meet senior managers. Which means you’ll have a fantastic insight into the future direction of our business.

The Academy doesn’t just support your professional development. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow graduates from around the world. And a chance to share your experiences. Celebrate your achievements. And grow together.

WORLD-CLASS LEARNING
WORLD-CLASS LEARNING

You’ll have access to a wide range of world-class training opportunities. From foundation courses like Product Knowledge Foundation, Leading Self, Finance for Non-Finance Managers and Project Management. To local training courses and/or materials to help your business awareness and functional development to become a future manager.

And the opportunities don’t end there. We offer more than 3,000 online courses. So, you have plenty of learning opportunities. It’s up to you to make the most of them.

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE
INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE

After just a few months, you’ll start to gain international exposure. Working with colleagues across our global business. Developing your people and project management skills. And driving a real business issue. It’s a great way to learn more about our local and global strategies. To build a useful international network. To show us your leadership potential. And raise your profile across our global business.