BAT - GRADUATE MANAGEMENT TRAINEE PROGRAMME (GMTP)
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE ON THE BAT, GRADUATE MANAGEMENT TRAINEE PROGRAMME? ATB News interviews Emmanuel Omale (aged 27) who now works as Marketing Finance Manager at BAT, after successfully completing the two year GMTP in 2010.
Emmanuel, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed by ATB News. May we start off by asking, from which university did you graduate and in what field of study?
I am a Bachelor of Arts in Economics graduate from the University of Nairobi and a Certified Public Accountant graduate from Strathmore University.
When did you join BAT's Graduate Management Trainee Programme (GMTP)?
I joined on 1 October, 2008.
Were you an intern at any organization prior to joining BAT? If so, was this experience helpful?
I had worked in the Audit Department of Sukari Sacco during vacations and yes, this experience was very helpful in defining my successes today.
How did you find the GMTP selection process?
Very competitive and demanding but worthwhile.
How long did it take from submission of your application to commencement of the GMTP?
Approximately three months. I submitted my application in July 2008, and started work in October 2008.
As part of the GMTP, were you also given the opportunity to work in different departments before finally selecting the business function in which you currently work?
Yes. I worked through all the different sub-functions within the Finance department.
How would you describe your daily duties?
Then, it involved a lot of learning and stretching oneself to get a good grounding and understanding of the business. I was also given the opportunity to take ownership of some of the critical processes which gave me very good experience.
What do you enjoy most about working at BAT?
The culture, the people, there’s a lot of room to learn. I was also given a fantastic opportunity to undertake a short-term assignment in Egypt, which was just an amazing personal and professional experience.
What's the most exciting project that you've worked on so far?
During the program, Supply Chain optimization of order quantities for BAT Kenya and Warehouse Management project for BAT Egypt.
What challenges have you encountered in your role and how have you overcome these?
Managing the delicate balance of work and life. Proper planning cures it all.
How have you benefitted from your experiences at BAT?
I have grown in both my personal life and my work life. I have benefited from relations with a great team.
In addition to good grades, what else do you think gave you the edge over other candidates?
Free spirit, desire to get things done and above all, I did my best.
What are your hobbies? Do you have time to pursue these?
I like to travel and explore. It’s a fine balance and at times you have to make sacrifices.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
An experienced & senior finance professional managing & driving organizational objectives.
What advice would you give to any ATB member that is considering applying for a place on the BAT, Graduate Management Trainee Programme (GMTP)?
Take a chance, it is a decision you will never live to regret.
For further information on the BAT Graduate Management Trainee Programme (GMTP), including details on how to apply, please visit: www.bat.com as of 1st August 2012. Deadline for applications will be 31st August 2012.
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