My name is Joseph Sayegh and I am one of the Dubai office based Management Trainees in Kraft Heinz – Middle East & Africa. I graduated as an electrical engineer and worked in the field for couple of years. However, I decided afterwards to embark a new challenging journey where I will put my acquired skills into use and learn new ones… And, my new journey was the program at Kraft Heinz!
The creative recruitment process, that chose the top notch candidates, gave me a glimpse about the dynamic and exciting culture I was about to join. Indeed, from the first day, one feels that they joined a bee hive where everyone is learning, working and supporting each other.
The first week consisted of inductions about Kraft Heinz, the culture and the functions as well, while the second focused on trainings (technical and soft skills). In addition, we, as management trainees, had the opportunity to go to Cairo – Egypt where we had a factory visit and got to know the team and market there.
In Kraft Heinz, the learning curve is very steep: in a short period of time, I learned a lot about my assigned function, the trade marketing. While performing an exercise about the listing status of the NPDs (New Product Development) and their expected sales, I found how crucial the role of trade marketing in tracking all the newly launched products, to help us understand the consumption behavior in the different markets. Furthermore, upon communicating regularly with the respective business development managers of the different markets, I learned about the rituals and routines of reporting, which help us understand our performance and plan our next move as a business.
Kraft Heinz does not hire regular employees, it hires leaders and owners; and I am confident I will be up to these two big titles!