There were two main things that really attracted me to British Sugar, the first one being the size of the organisation and the diversity, the fact that it's part of the ABF Group means huge opportunity for a graduate in the business and also the range of products to get involved in, such as topsoil, tomatoes, electricity, so far more than just sugar. And the other reason for joining the graduate scheme was the focus on people development and actually developing people through the scheme, so it wasn't just 'you will work through the scheme and do these jobs' but 'we can take you as far as you want to go'.
The business takes a view from day one that you're here to challenge and try to improve it so the opportunity's there and people want you to come along and go "I've got an even better idea about how to do it. This is great but we could do it a lot better." And there really are those opportunities to throw your ideas in - they’re always well received and you get challenged back, so you always have to be able to justify it. But there is a real culture of 'come up with new ideas, we want exciting people and ideas in the business.'
Quite recently I've been involved in a piece of work that's looked at some of our pricing strategies and have started to implement some tools that the business is looking to use long-term so although I've only been in the role for four months there are bits that we're talking of using for years and years, and being one of the key people who'd help to develop that has been a fantastic achievement for me.
I work in the commercial department, which is really vibrant and noisy, and there's lots going on - issues with customers, making sure that we're delivering things on time, and making sure that at the end of the day we offer them a slick, professional service, so it's a really exciting environment with lots of interesting conversations happening. We're thinking about so many different areas at once but making sure that our message to the customer is clear and professionally delivered.