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Our Global Graduate Programme

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Our Global Graduate Programme will see you hit the ground running in your chosen function. Whether it be Marketing, Human Resources or Operations (Supply Chain), you will develop exceptional skills and a full understanding of market dynamics to drive outstanding business results.

  • Marketing and Sales
    Develop exceptional commercial skills – full understanding of market dynamics and how to work between BAT Marketing departments including Brand, Activation, Trade, Strategic Planning & Insights to achieve outstanding business results.
  • Human Resources
    Develop exceptional HR insights and strategic skills – understanding the dynamics of a diverse regional workforce and the strategic nature of HR. After that, you’ll be well prepared for a career in HR specialties such as: Business Partnering, Talent Acquisition, Reward, Performance & Learning or Organisational Effectiveness.
  • Supply Chain / Operations
    Develop exceptional commercial skills – full understanding of market dynamics, and work with BAT Operations, Demand Planning, Logistics, Quality and Procurement to achieve outstanding business results.

Hit the ground running

The programme starts with our comprehensive onboarding – an experiential journey through the world of BAT to understand our history, vision and values, and the underlying strategy we call the ‘BAT Way’. You’ll gain fantastic insights into our business – covering our leaf and factory operations, the products we sell, our markets and competitors, and (most important of all) our consumers. You’ll discover how our various support functions work together to meet the needs of the business today, while helping us secure a successful and sustainable tomorrow. Last but not least, you’ll learn about your role in all of this, the framework for your development, what we expect from you and what you can expect from us in return. By the time you’ve completed your onboarding, you’ll have the knowledge to back up your energy and maximise every opportunity that comes your way.

Making an impact (and delivering results) from day one

After your onboarding, you’ll jump straight into a field-based commercial role in your home state. This role is designed to give you practical, hands-on experience in a short space of time – from day one. The first few months will be more than just a learning exercise; you’ll be doing a real job, and delivering real, commercial results from the start. Hands-on experience in the field matters, because meeting consumers’ needs sits at the heart of what we do. The specific role will vary depending on your region and the functional area you join. Following your field experience, we will support your move to Sydney where you will then begin your competency rotations.

Drive your own development – Our approach to learning

It’s down to you to take the initiative when it comes to your career. To help you build on the unique talents, attitude and personal commitment you bring, we’ve created an approach to learning and development that’s based on a 70%/20%/10% split. 

  • 70% There is no substitute for hands-on experience. And 70% of your learning will be on the job.
  • 20% of your learning will come through coaches and mentors, and by sharing experiences with your fellow graduates.
  • 10% A comprehensive onboarding, the BAT Academy and other formal initiatives.

World-Class Training

BAT offers you a vast amount of world class training opportunities. There are a number of local training courses and/or materials that will help you build business awareness and functional management skills. Some examples are foundation courses including Finance for Non- Finance Managers, Project Management, and Leadership Foundations. You also have access to more than three thousand online courses in our system to learn from. Your learning opportunities are abundant, so you can shape your future.

Where it all comes together - The BAT Academy

You’ll come together with other BAT graduates from across the globe at our dedicated, world-class learning academy in the heart of the English countryside.

The BAT Academy is a two-week residential course designed to help you brush up on your functional capabilities, sharpen your commercial edge and hone the skills you need to be an inspirational leader. And because you will have close interaction with your senior colleagues, you’ll gain a fantastic insight into the future direction of the business too.

The Academy is a great opportunity to gain professional development, and connect with fellow graduates from around the world so you can grow together and share experiences and achievements.



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