Lewis Mc Dowell
How the graduate got the job and why they chose your company
Lewis joined L'Oréal on our 12 month industrial placement programme after we visited his campus in York to talk to students about opportunities with L'Oréal. After meeting us, Lewis was excited by the scale of our brand portfolio, divisions and our reputation as the largest beauty tech company. Upon completing a successful year in the company, Lewis applied for our graduate scheme and was subsequently offered a position on our Marketing Management Trainee programme.
What the graduate’s role involves: typical activities and key responsibilities
As part of the L'Oréal Management Trainee scheme, Lewis has rotated around 3 of our divisions, Professional Products Division, Consumer Products Division and now the Luxury Product Division. Currently completing his sales rotation in Lancôme, Lewis is directly responsible for account management on a number of accounts, performance tracking and data analysis.
What training the graduate has received?
Within the L'Oréal Management Trainee Scheme we have a structured approach to training our graduates over the duration of their 3 rotations. At the source, the 3 rotation programme is effective in training our graduates on the job, learning new skills and competencies in each role, simultaneously expanding their network within the company. Graduates also complete mandatory trainings delivered by external parties in areas such as presenting, marketing and time management. Lewis often opts to attend optional trainings to upskill in areas. Beyond physical training, graduates also have the opportunity to complete internationally recognised courses on Coursera.
Highlights of the work the graduate has done
After working in 3 different brands and divisions, Lewis has enjoyed a multitude of opportunities and projects. In particular Lewis highlighted his management of L'Oréal Professional's Christmas 2018 campaign, analysis and eventing during Garnier’s biggest launch of 2019 Hair Food and most recently launching Idole with Lancôme.
What the graduate enjoys about their job
Lewis enjoys the ability to work collaboratively across functions and divisions within L'Oréal. In particular, Lewis enjoys the high level of authority and autonomy he has in his role as well as the platform for his efforts to be recognised and appreciated by senior management. Lewis highlights the social scene as a particular perk of L'Oréal, after working on 3 different brands and being part of the graduate cohort, there is always an external event to attend. Looking forwards, Lewis also believes the pathway of career progression both in the UK and our other L'Oréal countries is one of the greatest opportunities and perks about working for L'Oréal.
What challenges the graduate has faced and how they have overcome any difficult situations – what support has been provided
Whilst rotations offer a huge amount of experience to our graduates, it also comes with the challenge of being adaptable into each role and brand a graduate enters. Lewis however, thinks the great sense of community and encouragement from line management makes rotating seamless, with every member of the team always happy to help in your development. Lewis also highlights the structured trainings graduates attend as a great tool for both performing will in your role as well as adding value.