Graduate Jobs in FMCG

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  Take your first step into the FMCG industry through working with a global snacks company who are #1 in biscuits, chocolate and sweets. Our three year programme will give you a rounded experience of the business and then you can choose where your career goes."
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Graduate FMCG jobs can cover multiple industries, from food and drink to toiletries and over the counter medicines. FMCG graduates have a wide range of areas to choose from - find out what they are here.

How much can I earn as a FMCG Worker?
School leavers starting out in production or logistics can expect to earn around £16,000 initially, before improving their salaries to around £20,000 with experience. However, this depends on the sector and location of your work.
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
What qualifications do I need to be a FMCG Worker?
After a Bachelors Degree

With such a wide scope of roles within the FMCG sector, there are 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 manufacturing, 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
The two main areas in FMCG graduates that get into are retail and engineering. 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
The FMCG sector is a well paid industry and has decent starting salaries for graduates, in areas from engineering to retail management. Many large companies also have well-paid graduate schemes with rapid progression and opportunities, which will last around two years.

As with most retail industries, graduates working in FMCG can quickly move through the ranks with experience.
What skills do I need to be a FMCG Worker?
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:
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Logistics
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation
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 experience do I need to get a job in FMCG?
As with all competitive sectors, if your plan is to work in FMCG work experience is vital to give yourself the best chance of getting a job. Contact companies directly and see if you can come in for work experience or to shadow an existing member of staff.