Graduate Profile - Imteaz Ahamed
Name: Imteaz Ahamed
What degree did you study and when did you graduate?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney in 2009 with a Marketing Major.
Where do you currently work (sector/organisation) and what is your position title?
I am currently working as a National Account Manager at Reckitt Benckiser (RB). During my final year of study I was a looking for a company that would allow me to launch my career and accelerate my commercial development.
Can you give a summary of your career journey so far?
I applied to various FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) companies and was called in for the Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Graduate assessment day. At the time, like most other grads, I didn’t know who RB was nor did I know what brands the company owned. Little did I know that almost every room in my house had a RB product in it!
Since joining Reckitt Benckiser in 2008 I’ve been challenged and stretched with every new role I’ve been promoted to. I’ve had five new roles in the past 4 ½ years, each with more challenges and expectations. Difficult as this may sound, it has given me fantastic exposure and has pushed my commercial and personal development faster than I could have hoped for.
What's has made your experience working at Reckitt Benckiser rewarding?
In my opinion, there are three things that makes RB unique:
- The market leading brands and the level of media investment and innovation that RB supports them with.
- The culture – it is high stakes, high demands and high rewards.
- The people - RB would be one of the most ethnically diverse companies in the world, all of whom bring different ways of thinking that deliver amazing results.
I personally have received invaluable mentoring and support across the organisation, each and every line manager had taken a keen interest in my development. But it’s not all about results and numbers, back in 2011 RB sponsored me to attend the One Young World Summit in Zurich where I delivered a presentation to thousands of delegates from 190 countries. My presentation was on my personal project called elev8 - a tech start up that develops economic opportunities through the use of technology in third world countries.
The company also leads the industry in regards to sustainability. RB aims to reduce its carbon footprint per dose by a third across a product's lifecycle; to reduce the water impact per product across its lifecycle by a third, and to create a third of the company's total net revenue from sustainable products, by 2020.