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Joe Rudd — Commercial Expenditure Executive

Name: Joe Rudd
Job title: Commercial Expenditure Executive
Employer: Nestlé
Qualification: 12 GSCE’s/ Equivalents Grade A-B. 320 UCAS points at A-level

What does a Commercial Expenditure Executive do?

As a Commercial Expenditure Executive (CEE) your role involves helping support, not only your team in Commercial Finance, but also the Sales teams on a day to day basis. I provide them with the most up to date financial figures so they can make a more accurate sales call each week. I also help to track the money involved in promotions that the business is running as well as auditing a sample of our proposals which have been sent to customers to ensure we are keeping the correct records, if we are ever audited by an external company.

Describe your job in 20-25 words.

Everyday can be a new challenge which needs to be resolved. It’s exciting and rewarding when you get it done right.

After you qualified, did it take long to find a job?

I had been offered the job before I even received my A-level results, on the basis that I needed a minimum of 300 UCAS points to be successful. My last exam at college was in the June and I stared working for Nestle only three months after in the September.

How did you end up in this job?

I knew after College that I never really wanted to go to University, so my alternative was to do an Apprenticeship where I could still gain the same level of qualifications but also earn a wage, gain experience and have my learning paid for, instead of having all the student debt that goes along with University.

At college I studied Economics, Accounting and Personal & Business Finance so I knew I wanted to progress down a career in Finance as I seem to have an appetite for it. I started looking online and found a few roles that suited my needs but the Nestlé Finance Apprenticeship stood out from the rest!

A company that I had never in the past even considered working for seemed to be offering me exactly what I wanted.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?

Go for it! Don’t hesitate! If you feel like this is what you want to do, then do it! If you have the motivation and the drive then you should be alright but I would always recommend you do your research and prepare for any interview you are going to have whether it be for a job like this or University, it will help you to stand out. Overall just be yourself as the company will hire the person not necessarily the skills

What’s the best thing about your job?

Flexible working hours, as long as you work the hours you are contracted it doesn’t matter what time you arrive or leave. Unless of course you have a deadline for a piece of work or a meeting to attend.

What was your starting salary?

£16,000

How long have you been doing your job?

6 Months

Did you buy something special with your first pay cheque?

I put down a deposit on a Breitling watch, something I have been aiming to get by the time I am 21 years old.