James Gabbatt

Project Manager

"I've become so much more confident since joining Reckitt."

What attracted you to Reckitt?

I had heard about Reckitt from a friend who did their Year in Industry here. Hearing it from his perspective it sounded like a lot more fun and rewarding than I thought working would be! I had initially planned to do a PhD, but after thinking about it and learning about all the brands that Reckitt has, I thought this would be a better way to make a real difference to people's lives.

What was your favourite part of the graduate scheme at Reckitt?

I worked in the Nurofen product development, Regulatory affairs, and Operations teams during the Future Leadership Programme. They were all very different and rewarding but my favourite was the Operations role. I was given lots of ownership from day one, clear defined goals and was able to see the impact of my work on the business very quickly. I get very motivated by seeing the output of what I'm doing so this suited me well! I was also given most exposure to senior leaders in this role.

How did the graduate scheme prepare you for your first permanent role?

It helped me define how I approach a task. I developed my ability to work with ambiguity, i.e. making the ambiguous, clear and deliverable. I also became a much more confident professional which I definitely wasn't when I joined the company. Now I'm able to interact and manage anyone without doubting myself. My first role was working in India for 2 years, and the graduate scheme also helped me meet the senior leaders which made the international move possible.

How would you summarise working for Reckitt?

I'm tempted to use the same words that everyone always does to define Reckitt: Fast-moving, rewarding, challenging, but to sum it up: You won't ever be bored in the day-to-day and there's always a great team around you.

What advice would you give to people who are considering applying for the Reckitt Future leadership programme?

You've come to the right place if you're ambitious, eager to learn, and generally interested in how you can use science to build and impact businesses. It's not all stocks and handshakes!