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FMCG Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector is all about manufacturing high quality products quickly and efficiently, before getting them to retail - in massive numbers. Typical products in this sector include snack food, cleaning products and personal hygiene products like deodorants.

FMCG is all about volume. Think of chocolate bars. More than 1 billion Kit Kat products are eaten in the UK each year, so the turnover and pace of creating, distributing and selling these products takes lots of planning.

Typical employers in the FMCG sector include multinational companies like Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal and Unilever, who manufacture several different types of goods, but there are also single product companies like Walkers.

As such a large sector, there are many different job roles in FMCG, from retail and sales to product development and engineering.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

With such a wide scope of roles, there are some jobs in the FMCG job that require no degree and some that require a very specific type of qualification. For example, if you want to work in the production line processes or systems analysis in product making, you will most likely need some form of engineering degree. However, if you want to work in the retail side of FMCG, a degree in marketing or business and economics may prove more helpful.

Some of the degrees that may prove useful for a career in FMCG include:

  • Engineering
  • Business and economics
  • Marketing
  • Advertising and PR
  • Mechanical engineering

What skills do I need?TOP ^

The skills you’ll need to work in the FMCG sector will depend on your job role, but with so many products to create and such a short time to do it in, you’ll definitely need to be efficient, good at planning and logical.

Some of the skills that may be useful for a career in FMCG include:

As you progress through your career, you may find that you need to develop your people management skills as you move into more senior roles.

What graduate FMCG job can I do? TOP ^

The two main areas in FMCG graduates get into are retail and engineers. Engineers in the sector work on developing processes, equipment design and making the whole manufacturing process more efficient, while those in retail focus on which products to buy and ensuring that the right amount of stock ends up in the right place.

Some FMCG jobs that you may be interesting in doing after graduation include:

  • Product design
  • Buying
  • Merchandising
  • Retail management
  • Production processes management
  • Systems engineering
  • Mechanical engineer

As with most retail industries, graduates working in FMCG can quickly move through the ranks with experience.

Average salariesTOP ^

The FMCG sector is a well paid industry and has decent starting salaries for graduates, both in engineering and retail management. Many large companies also have well-paid graduate schemes with rapid progression and opportunities.

As with most industries, salaries can rise rapidly with experience and growth.

Some typical starting salaries in the FMCG sector include:

  • Purchasing manager: £20,000
  • Logistics and distribution manager: £16,000 - £18,000
  • Production manager: £25,000
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