Graduate Stories: Will Stephens

After completing a degree in Management at the University of Nottingham, I joined the Fuller’s Graduate Scheme in September 2015.

I am now enjoying a permanent role as the Wine Development Manager for Fuller’s Managed and Tenanted Estate.

What was your Fuller’s Graduate Scheme experience like?

A carefully tailored and highly enjoyable series of six-month placements, each one allowing you to make a genuine impact on the business. 

Fuller’s is a family company and you’re made to feel a part of that family from day one. You’re encouraged every step of the way, with colleagues and mentors on hand to guide you into your first permanent role and beyond.

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

First I was re-designing the routes for our daily beer deliveries, then I was creating weekly e-mail marketing campaigns for our customers at the height of Euro 2016. I then spent six months working on organisational development in our People Team.

My final placement saw me working on our huge ERP systems upgrade, building a vastly improved Sales Support system. No two roles are the same on the Fuller’s Graduate Scheme!

What types of training and development have you received?

I recently passed my APM (Project Management Qualification) with fellow graduates, where we used our experience from the Graduate Scheme to enhance our day-to-day management of projects within our various departments. 

Presentation Skills and advanced Excel Skills courses were also chosen for me, to help me deliver vital reporting and plans for what’s next at Fuller’s. 

If I’m ever in need of new skills, there’s always a training course I can join, with Fuller’s total support.

What attracted you to a role in Wine?

Working day-to-day with our managed and tenanted pubs has provided me with a fascinating insight into the daily operational management of our incredible estate.

My role in Wine requires collaboration with various departments - from Senior Inns stakeholders through to marketing agencies and our in-house till teams. Visiting one of our pubs and seeing my work first hand is something I’ll forever be proud of.

What is it like working at Fuller’s?

It is truly unlike any other work environment I’ve experienced. The Fuller’s team are productive, engaging and incredibly accommodating. Every department is pushing in the same direction, and that collaboration amongst teams creates a special place to work every-day. If you don’t believe me, pop into your local Fuller’s pub and speak with any member of staff – they’ll welcome you with open arms!

Any advice for new graduates?

Visit as many Fuller’s pubs as you can. Fuller’s history dates back to 1845, and our incredible pub teams bring the Fuller’s story to life in their unique establishments. 

You’ll meet plenty of great people during your placements, so take time to appreciate their work, knowledge and experience. They might even share some Brewery secrets with you if you join them in The Mawson Arms over a pint of Pride!