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Management Trainee: Tiernan Lean

G’day all, I’m Tiernan. Originally from Scotland, I am currently based in our Freshwater Place office in Melbourne. I graduated from University in Edinburgh with a degree in Politics and after very little deliberation, decided to trade in temperamental Scottish summers for a more permanent place in the sun. Having ceremoniously dumped all warm clothing at the departure gate, I arrived in Melbourne in the middle of winter, questioning both my choice of shorts and overall sanity. Fast-forwarding a month, I was excited to begin my Kraft Heinz journey in the August of 2016, when I joined the company as a sales intern.

Initially working with Simon Campbell and the Metcash team, I transitioned into the Management Trainee program in January. To date, the program has provided me with a comprehensive look into a number of business functions. After completing our initial induction with fellow Graduates from Singapore and New Zealand, I have learnt everything from how our baby food is made up in Echuca, to how our Sales Representative live and breathe the art of the deal in the field.

I recently completed my second rotation in Commercial Performance. Off the bat, I was entrusted with business critical routines. Furthermore, contributing to the rituals that make our business tick, from the weekly Profitability Plans, Sales Call to the Monthly Commercial Reviews have accelerated my learning. My third rotation has seen me make the leap back into sales. Working in the Business Development channel, I am helping to manage the ALDI, Costco, Pharmacy and other emerging retail accounts. Who Can? We Can!