Name: Courtney G.
University-Undergraduate: Penn State University
Degree/Major/Minor Major: Supply Chain & Information Systems Minor: Management Information Systems
Years with P&G: 6 Months
Current Role: Category Supply Planner and Initiative Operations Leader, NA Shave Preps
My name is Courtney and I am currently the North America CSP (category supply planner) and IOL (initiative operations leader) for Shave Preps. I am originally from State College, Pennsylvania and I graduated from Penn State University in December 2011 with a degree in Supply Chain & Information Systems. I started with the company in January of 2012 and I love my dual role of CSP and IOL as it allows me to see the entire product life cycle. Being able to come to work in an environment that is concentrated on your development within the business has made the transition much smoother than I would have expected. P&G is focused on providing ample training for all of its employees to ensure that everyone is comfortable and qualified in their roles. Shave Care is a fantastic category with a group of passionate employees who are not only focused on seeing their individual sub category succeed but the entire category as a whole. Knowing that I can go to anyone in the category for assistance when I hit a roadblock has eased the amount of stress I have experienced with my role. I look forward to working in Shave Care for the next couple of years and am anxious to see what experiences future roles will bring.
Why did you choose P&G over other opportunities?
I choose P&G over other companies because over my collegiate career I have spoken to many P&G employees and have not found one person who is unsatisfied with their job or the company. Everyone I spoke to had only positive feedback to give about the company and the level of service that each had put in reflects that P&G is not only a company to start you career with but its a company to have a career with.
What level of responsibility and influence do you feel as a new hire?
I feel I have a high level or responsibility and influence as a new hire. Being the CSP gives me oversight into the daily demand and supply planning of the business and allows me to make data based decisions that directly impact our results. Being the IOL gives me insight into any initiatives that are coming down the pipeline and allows me to influence when and how a certain product is introduced into the market.
What training and mentorship opportunities have you experienced since starting at P&G?
The training that P&G has provided for its new hires has been the best part about the onboarding experience. You can immediately tell that the company put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that the new hires are adequately trained to take on their new roles. I had 4 months of training before entering my role. Regarding mentorship, you are paired with a mentor on day 1 and I have also received a mentor through the SNO Women Managers Network which has not only enabled me to network with the company but also have provided me with a sounding board for when things get tough.
Describe your favorite thing about working at P&G?
The people. I look forward to coming to work everyday because of the amazing group of people in my category. They are extremely willing to help the new hires be as successful as possible and are patient when we need assistance. Plus we always find time to laugh.
What advice would you give to candidates that are considering joining P&G and SNO?
I would highly recommend it as P&G is a company that is focused on the development of its employees. It is a large company that enables you to move throughout a wide range of roles to help further your business development.