It’s been a busy start to the year for our Graduates. This month Charlie and Chloe share what they’ve been up to:
The last month has been a whirlwind and I loved every minute! I’ve been based at two locations, Warner Music in Kensington and a flagship site in Broadgate Circle. At Warner I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside general manager Shefali and head chef Taz, both of who have taken me under their wing teaching me all I need to know. I’ve loved writing the weekly menus with Taz and supporting with the marketing for Warner’s ‘Wellness Week’. Most of my time has been spent working in retail, understanding the daily running of the site, but I’ve also had the opportunity to work on the bar at evening events. I’ve perfected my espresso martini skills and have even met some celebrities, including Stormzy and Ava Max!
It’s a really cool vibe at Warner, many of the customers eat with their eyes so Taz and I have taken time exploring plating techniques as attention to detail is crucial. Shefali has a real hands-on-approach to management, creating a real buzz during service times; her love for street food is admirable.
I’ve recently moved to a very different type of location, where fine dining and hospitality is the focus. Food and beverage manager Nicolaas and the hospitality team have been a huge support, teaching me all things fine dining. From setting up the meeting rooms, to supervising service from the pass, it’s been a very different but thought-provoking experience to Warner.
Oh, and did I mention I also spent three months managing BaxterStorey’s Graduate Instagram, hopefully giving you all a better insight to what we’ve all been up to. It’s been an amazing journey so far – a special mention must go to programme manager Sharon for only ever being a call away and to operations manager Nick for offering words of wisdom when it’s needed. I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!
After what can only be described as an amazing learning experience, The Market and E14 Bakery is now live! I began my journey at this site nine weeks ago, shortly after the contract went live. My task was to enhance the retail offer in the temporary coffee carts – exciting, yet nerve-wracking but I was ready to throw myself into it!
I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside previous Graduate and now Head of Mobilisations and Supply Chain for London, Charlotte Rouse (if you’ve been lucky enough to work with Charlotte, you’ll know she’s an inspiration!) She’s taught me an unbelievable amount, including mixing the retail offer to reach profit margins, how to get the best out of your team through different methods of management and how to push myself into every learning opportunity.
I’ve been responsible for organising supplier visits with suppliers such as Rhytma 108, DASH Water and LemonAid. I’ve learnt how to cost these products, so they reach gross profit and analysing the success of them in our retail offer. On top of this, I’ve been supporting account director Tommy in managing the team of four at the coffee carts; his passion for the success of the site motivates me every day.
Here’s to the next few weeks – let’s see what they bring!