Graduate Stories: Eleri Jones

I joined Fuller’s Graduate Scheme in September 2014 after graduating from Warwick University with a Physics degree. I’m now a Deputy Operations Manager for Fuller’s Managed Estate.

What projects/roles did you work on under the scheme?

I started in Beer Co Operations, looking to reduce end-to-end losses. Then I spent six months working for the Food Team and Finance, identifying how we could improve food profitability. 

After that, I looked at a procurement system for the Purchasing Team and worked on a short project integrating our e-commerce system into The Stable (Fuller’s recently acquired craft cider and pizza restaurant business). My final rotation was in Inns Operations.  

I really enjoyed the breadth and variety of the course, and appreciated being able to influence the later rotations to suit my interests. 

What types of training and development have you received?

Too many to count - there’s a huge amount on offer! I’ve done things ranging from public speaking to an accredited Project Management course, and I’m currently on the Fuller’s Future Leader’s Programme. It’s intense, but gives you some great tools for becoming a better leader. 

What attracted you to a role in Operations?

I liked the variation in the day-to-day role, the scope of decision making, and the ability to get involved with projects right across the business. 

What is it like working at Fuller’s?

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you it’s a great place to work. You can’t really put your finger on exactly why, but it really draws you in.

Any advice for new graduates?

If there’s a part of the business that you are really interested in, make sure you register your interest and see if there’s an opportunity for you to spend some time in that department - even if it hasn’t been part of graduate rotations in the past. 

Most teams here would love the opportunity to have a grad working on a project for them, and you never know, it could lead to a permanent role there in the future.