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Sarah Adam

Management Trainee Experience: Sarah Adam

My name is Sarah Adam, Corporate MT based in Auckland. I grew up in Auckland but have spent the last 4 year studying in Dunedin (which is at the bottom of New Zealand) where I recently graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours in Food Science and a minor in Marketing management.

My first couple of months being a part of Kraft Heinz has been great. I have felt very welcomed and am inspired to absorb as much knowledge as I can, in order to grow as a person and add value to the team.

After we said goodbye to the Melbourne office, the New Zealand trainees went down to Hastings where we saw the factory in full swing, having studied food science it was incredible to experience the machinery and processes in action. We were able to meet with some of the local growers who proudly showed us their produce they were growing and learnt about some of the major challenges they face.

During 5 weeks in sales rotation we developed knowledge of the grocery game in New Zealand, our negotiation skills and gained an insight into peoples behavior at the supermarket. Our wins included huge pallet and bay displays for Wattie’s week, free displays of Cottee’s Maple Syrup in hangsells next to pancake mixes and Choc whizz above ice cream.

I have now moved into my second rotation, in the Category Development team, which will be a great learning experience and insight into the business! I would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have been happy and willing to spend time teaching me and answering all my questions!