Early careers at BAT

Developing the leaders of the future

It is an exciting time to be at BAT. Our industry is evolving and we are proud to be at the forefront of its transformation.

Key to the future success of our Transforming Tobacco ambition is being able to attract the best graduate and early career talent.

At BAT, we are able to offer young adults real practical experience as well as training and development to help them improve along the way.

Here’s a snapshot of what BAT has offer people who are starting out on their employment journeys.

Global Graduate Academy

Our Global Graduate Academy has been a huge success since it was introduced in 2017.

With sessions held twice a year, global graduates from a range of countries come together in the UK for a challenging and interactive learning experience, supported by senior leaders from across the business.

You can find out more about how some of our Global Graduate Academy sessions have gone by scrolling through our news and features section.

Grad Academy

The latest BAT Grad Academy saw 129 graduates from 32 countries travelling to the UK for an action-packed fortnight of learning.

Battle of Minds

In 2018, we held the Group’s first global graduate competition – Battle of Minds – which saw graduates compete to win internships at BAT and received a global social media reach of 35 million people.

‘Battle of Minds’ was a team-based challenge aimed at attracting students to BAT and strengthening our global talent pool, focusing on finding the brightest young business minds around the globe.

Students were asked to develop an innovative product and were judged on criteria including: originality of the idea; depth of research; business acumen; planning and feasibility and influencing the audience.

After much deliberation from the judging panel of senior leaders at BAT, Team Je Ne Sais Quoi from Bangladesh were crowned as 2018 champions.

All the way to the top

At BAT we mean it when we say we say we promote from within. And we are proud of the fact that so many of our Management Board members joined the company as either graduate trainees or early career recruits.

Johan Vandermeulen, Regional Director, Europe and North Africa, says in his Management Board biography: “To make it this far after joining the company as a trainee I hope is motivational for our people. I hope my story inspires others and demonstrates that we mean it when we say we develop people from within.”

Find out more about the people who lead our business in our Leadership at BAT section.

On the BAT career journey in Northern Europe

In our video below, Kristina, gives a ‘day in the life’ view of someone who has progressed in her BAT career, having started as an intern.

In the video, Kristina talks about her career progression, and the importance of having the support of her colleagues, both inside and outside of work, as they go through their BAT journeys together.

On the BAT career journey in Northern Europe

Our short video focuses on marketeer Kristina, who gives an idea of what it's like to work for BAT in our Northern Europe Area

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