Knockmorehill, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Favourite Coca-Cola Hellenic Product: Coke
I started working in our Events Team in 1998. I was involved in events like the Tour de France, The Rugby World Cup, The World Cross Country Championships, The North West 200 and various other areas that Coca-Cola sponsored like The Coca-Cola Cup.
On top of the sponsorships, the Events Team worked on things like sampling and I gained valuable experience as the team leader for the launch of the 2ltr Contour bottle. When I completed by degree in 2000, I interviewed for the Events Team manager role and this is where I began my full time career in Coca-Cola HBC.
I moved in to the world of commercial in 2001 and looked after Belfast City centre as a sales developer and then moved on to work in Licensed Trade.
In 2003 an opportunity to cover a maternity leave working in marketing arose and I worked on the 2004 Supermarkets Business plan before adding Key Accounts in Supermarkets to the CV in 2004 where I was responsible for customers like Tesco, Safeway and Sainsbury’s. In 2005 Sainsbury’s approached me to offer me the role of Buying Manager for Northern Ireland and I left the business to take on this opportunity.
It wasn’t long however, until I was approached to come back and head up Licensed Trade for Northern Ireland and I returned after only 10 months away from the business. From there I took on additional responsibility for what we call the ‘Away From Home’ section of the business in 2008.
In 2010 we moved to the current Island of Ireland set-up and I was given the role of National Account Manager for the Supermarkets business which I carried out for three years until I was promoted to National Account Director for our ‘Future Consumption’ business in October 2013. This role gave me much broader responsibility covering Supermarkets, Convenience, Wholesale and the Discounters.
In January of 2015 I was promoted to my current role of Commercial Director where I have full responsibility for the delivery of the company business plan.
"Your destiny is in your own hands"
My advice, you have to know where you want to get to. When you do it’s important to understand the career path that you have to take to get there and then set about doing that. Getting results, delivering success and finding a way to make sure more senior management are aware is important. I’d also say to anyone that your destiny is in your own hands, and here in Coca-Cola HBC there are so many opportunities, but it is down to you – your career progression is your own responsibility, not your managers or anyone else’s for that matter so I’d tell everyone to focus on your individual development plans, and make sure you’re commit to it. It’s something we’re passionate about here in Coca-Cola HBC and by investing in yourself, you will be successful no matter what your role is.
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