UT Alumnus Experience: Procter & Gamble Customer Business Development (Sales)

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October 2, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices

BrandiP&GblogBrandi Petruzzelli, UT Austin Alumni

Major: Human Ecology, Minors: Business Foundations, Communication
Grad Year: December 2007
Current Role: Procter & Gamble, Customer Business Development, Account Executive

What was your experience at UT like?

I loved my 4.5 years at UT and in Austin. I was actively involved in Texas Lassos, Texas Exes Student Chapter, Orange Jackets, Habitat for Humanity, and Eastside Community Connection. The experiences and leadership opportunities I had greatly influenced me while in school and after, including in my career.

What drew you to Procter & Gamble?

I was immediately impressed with P&G’s brands focused on improving consumers lives and their longevity (est. 1837!). I was excited by the opportunity to work for a large company, outside of Texas where I was born and raised, and thought it would be a great learning experience no matter what. I interned for two summers in Boise, ID and Fayetteville, AR. I enjoyed the real work I was able to lead and influence, the people I worked with, and the overall “work hard, play hard” culture of the teams I was on. It was an easy decision for me to accept my full time Account Manager offer (before graduation).

What do you like about working for Procter & Gamble and in Customer Business Development (CBD)?

P&G’s purpose, values, and principles are what make me happy to have worked for this company for over 8 years now between internships and full time. The people I currently work with and have worked with in other roles are exceptional and what I feel truly sets P&G apart. I enjoy the opportunity to build my own career path, gaining many different experiences, all while working for the same company. I have appreciated the investment in training, development, and exposure, especially the first three years with the company, and throughout my career.

Working in CBD allows me to develop a deep understanding of P&G and a customer’s business and how we can work together to both grow. I also enjoy working day to day with several different resource partners on the customer team including Product Supply, Finance, and Marketing.

What does this internship entail?

Learn more and apply for the Customer Business Development Internship via OCR. Deadline: October 13, 2014.

Learn more and apply for the Customer Business Development Internship via OCR. Deadline: October 13, 2014.

The 10 week program truly provides visibility to what working full time as an Account Manager at P&G can look like. Interns are placed on customer teams throughout the US or at headquarters in Cincinnati and are given a work plan to complete by the end of the summer. The work plan is a wide range of projects across different businesses and business needs such as recommending merchandising strategies, analyzing competing retailers or brands, and launching new item initiatives.

More information about the hiring process and where to apply can be found at US.experiencePG.com.

What skills make a person successful in this position?

P&G success drivers are what make an individual successful in both an internship and throughout a career.

1. Power of Minds: The ability to out-think, out-invent and out-play the best competition over time for the benefit of consumers.

2. Power of People: The competitive advantage that our people and people-systems create when they work together in an environment that fully leverages our talents.

3. Power of Agility: The ability to be fast, flexible, responsive and versatile in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

Please share your general career advice:

Take advantage of internships to learn more about a company, you, and if it is going to be a good fit. Internships are a great opportunity to learn more about the work you want to do and the career you want to have. Take the time to learn about the company’s values, culture, and everything else that is important to you.

Throughout your career, seek out formal and informal mentors and sponsors. This will create a solid network of support and guidance, as well as increase your exposure within the company. Leverage work groups or networks (gender, race, similar interests) to connect with others you wouldn’t necessarily meet in your day to day work.


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