british american tobacco nigeria - Meet Our Global Graduates



 
 

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Ifunanya Enewally
Global Graduate, Operations


My interest in joining British American Tobacco (BAT) began when I attended a career fair during my Master’s degree programme at Imperial College, London. I met some representatives of BAT who had a lot of great things to say about the business and how the Management Trainee Programme (now called the Global Graduate Programme) was a great way to start off my career. After conducting some research, I found out that BAT is truly a global firm known for attention-to-detail, innovative ways of problem solving and cultural diversity. Of course, I wanted in!


I began the Global Graduate Programme in March 2016. Prior to this, I worked as an Electrical Project Engineer at an indigenous construction firm in Nigeria where I was responsible for daily site supervision and quality assurance. I have a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Masters in Control Systems from Imperial College London. The trainings I received in those fields shaped me into an inquisitive and hands-on individual so when the opportunity to join BAT’s Global Graduate programme came along; it was a no-brainer for me.


So far in the programme, I have participated actively in projects ranging from business-wide initiatives involving different levels of stakeholders, to analysing and reporting economic indices within the Marketing department. I currently work as a Customer Service Executive in the Service arm of Supply Chain, which in summary is the link between the other countries we have our operations in West Africa Area and Operations department.
One thing I appreciate about BAT is how its people, though diverse, are able to come together to deliver outstanding business results. The culture is great, there is work-life balance and there are world-class learning opportunities too.

However, the Global Graduate Programme is not for the faint-hearted, but the strong support system available makes the journey as smooth as possible.

To join the exciting BAT community, you will require strength, resilience, a sharpness of mind and a willingness to learn.

 

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Eebu Wayih
Global Graduate, Finance


My interest in, and eventual decision to join British American Tobacco (BAT) was hinged on satisfying my curiosity on how a business can thrive in such a highly regulated environment i.e. remain profitable, manage various stakeholders and operate responsibly. I was also keen on experiencing BAT’s work ethics. In terms of achieving both objectives, I have not been disappointed!

My BAT journey began on the 4th of January 2016. Prior to this, I worked in the Capital Markets Accounting Consulting Services (CMACS) unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Nigeria).  I have a BSc in Accounting from Bowen University, Nigeria, a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment Management from University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a professional accounting certification - ACCA.

So far, the BAT Global Graduate Programme has provided me with immense opportunities to understand business from a global, regional and local perspective. I have been involved in tasks and projects that cut across geographical boundaries with significant financial and non-financial implications and have had real responsibilities and huge deliverables from day one. This is one environment where expectations are high, excuses are not tolerated and you certainly get to build the necessary skills to make you a well-rounded leader, regardless of your discipline.

Because the BAT culture promotes leadership at all levels, my experience thus far has significantly refined and enhanced the way I deliver results. Through the amazing support structure and constructive feedback from my colleagues (who by the way are the most fun-loving yet serious-minded people), I am also a better individual even in my personal life.

BAT truly is a great place to work!

So, for those interested in coming on board this dynamic organisation, my advice to you is simple: show what you’re made of by’ bringing your ‘difference’ to the table.

 

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