“The culture at Gripple is unlike any I have come across. It allows people to develop without inhibiting who they are. There are always opportunities for rapid career progression and the support is there throughout.”
After graduating from De Montfort University with a degree in business management, I joined the Gripple Graduate Scheme in August 2018.
My first rotation was working in production across all our sites, which gave me a valuable insight into our production methods and a solid understanding of the product range. I subsequently undertook rotations within operations management, marketing and I&I (Ideas & Innovation). During this time, my original link with production was maintained through regular meetings with the operations manager. During my time in I&I I was tasked with being a project coordinator, which enabled me to form cross departmental links with both I&I and production, key to the launch of new products. It also meant I was directly involved in senior meetings.
A programme highlight for me were the six weeks I spent in Costa Rica as a volunteer for Raleigh International. The fundraising we were all challenged to do developed crucial skills needed for a successful career, such as teamwork, decision making and networking.
On completion of the graduate scheme, I moved into a new role as supply chain analyst. My initial challenges included helping to set up the department and establishing a team tasked with the analysis of products, directly linked to carbon footprint. Gaining an understanding of the direct control and influence products and operations have over emissions allowed me to become a key player in our subsequent net zero pledge. I was directly involved with the planning stage of this project and taking our vision to try and make it a reality. This project led me to my current role as sustainability manager.
This is a new and incredibly broad role but encompasses all that we do at Gripple. I oversee and am directly responsible for our carbon footprint across all departments. This cross-departmental work allows for a wider network and reach. My time in operations and I&I and resulting knowledge of our processes have been crucial to this role and enabled me to have honest and open conversations and work collaboratively. Reducing carbon emissions and contributing to a greener future will always be a fundamental aspect of our culture at Gripple – being good for the environment is good for business!
The culture at Gripple is unlike any I have come across. It allows people to develop without inhibiting who they are. There are always opportunities for rapid career progression and the support is there throughout.