Global CEO to vet brewing giant trainees

Brewing giant InBev has launched a worldwide management trainee programme that will see candidates coming face to face with the global chief executive before they get the job.

The company, which employs 77,000 people worldwide, was created in 2004 by the merger of Interbrew and Brazilian company AmBev (Companhia de Bebidas das Americas) to become the world’s largest brewer. Its brands include pub favourites Stella Artois, Becks and Bass.
Its global management trainee programme will focus on giving new recruits early exposure to top management, so that they can start mapping out long-term ambitions and have the networks and contacts they need to get ahead.

The final stage of the application process will see applicants appear before a panel of senior InBev executives, including global chief executive, Carlos Brito.

Julie Welch, InBev’s director of people for the UK and Ireland, said: “We need to demonstrate that we are still putting a high focus on the future of the company,” she said.

The application process will involve an online screening, initial assessment through group discussions, individual interviews for successful candidates and a competency assessment before prospective staff face the firm’s executives, Welch said.

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