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  • Great opportunities if you're willing to manage your own career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
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    I have been working at Associated British Foods full-time

    Pros

    Strong values about being good to the environment and the community Great opportunities to move around the company - if you can get yourself known Flexible and autonomous culture

    Cons

    Teams work in silos and there is a clear hierarchy in place that causes division between the 'haves' and 'have nots' Very few policies and practices are written down, so you need to be good with ambiguity


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    Customer Development In Grocery Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Biggleswade, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Associated British Foods (Biggleswade, England (UK)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    It was a quick application process which was refreshing. From the time I finished the online tests to finding out the if I had got an offer of a job was only 10 days. I had to pass numerical and verbal tests, a phone interview and skype interview to get an offer of an assessment centre. The assessment centre was long and very stressful. ABF put you up in a hotel the night before and you have dinner with senior managers. It's a great way to get to know your fellow candidates and the assessors, but it does make the whole process a lot longer and more stressful! ABF were very good in the sense that they gave you feedback at each stage and a coaching call so you knew fully what to expect at the assessment centre. However, I would not recommend ABF from my experience. They didn't seemed as interested in your as a person, than other application processes. I also feel I would not apply if you do not have very good commercial experience. I was the only candidate who hadn't done a year in industry and this is (basically) why they said they rejected me. I did not have the relevant experience they wanted. There was the usual group activity, an off the cuff presentation on challenges facing ABF, a situational interview (3 scenarios you might face in the work place and how you would react to them), a competency based interview and a interview talking about your personality and things that had come out from our personality test.

    Interview Questions

    • On the phone and Skype interview they expected you to know a lot about the job description. Things like: What you think you would be doing day to day and how you would handle this? Why would you want a national account manager as well as a territory manager? You also need to know what is going on in ABF and the FMCG industry. You need to think about trends, competitors to each brand, challenges facing ABF etc. They expect a lot of research. There is the obvious competency based questions too. Teamwork, competitive spirit, when have you failed at something? Challenging situations. The standard questions. At the assessment centre they asked things like, 'Tell us a time you've has feedback', 'Tell us a time when something you have been invested in hasn't gone the way you wanted.' They also made us do a personality questionnaire which they talked through with us. They didn't take it as given but if you came out as a pushing person for instance, they let you talk about whether you agreed with it or not. So you need to think about what might come out in your personality. ABF are very big on humility. So if you go in being arrogant you won't get very far.   Answer Question

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Website www.abf.co.uk
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1935
Type Company - Public (ABF)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Nestlé, Südzucker, Tesco

Some companies might claim to be the best thing since sliced bread, but Associated British Foods (ABF) "is" sliced bread. ABF, which introduced sliced bread in the UK during the 1930s, makes and markets baked goods under the Allinson and Tip Top brands. It also serves up a plateful of snacks, including Ryvita crispbread and Twinings tea. The company's British Sugar subsidiary produces Silver Spoon (retail) sugar; other divisions churn out food and pharmaceutical ingredients, spices, specialty oils, and animal feed. ABF's businesses reach beyond food ... More

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