What it does: Brews Australia’s most famous Beers and Ciders
Staff stats: 200,000 employees around the world
The good bits: Product allocation every month
The not so good bits: Old-fashioned incentive system
The Carlton & United Breweries story
Like many alcohol companies, CUB has gone through several iterations throughout its history. It started off when a collection of Victorian breweries came together to form the Society of Melbourne Brewers cartel in 1903, which morphed into Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) in 1907. In the following decades, it snapped up many independent brewers located across Australia.
In 1983, CUB, along with several other beer makers around the world, was purchased by Australian conglomerate Elders IXL, which changed its name to Foster’s Group in 1990. Foster’s Group was acquired by the brewing and beverage behemoth SABMiller in 2011. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), one of the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods multinationals, merged with SABMiller.
CUB is one of Australia’s 10 largest food and drink companies. We distribute famous brands including Victoria Bitter, Carlton Draught, Cascade, Pure Blonde, Corona, Stella Artois and Budweiser and had revenues of $2.3 billion in 2016. (AB InBev had revenues of US$45 billion in 2016.)
While beer making, like beer drinking, has historically been a blokey pursuit CUB now has the commitment to diversity that would be expected from a company that’s part of globe-spanning multinational. It strives to “treat all employees and candidates with dignity and respect” and creates “an inclusive culture where difference is encouraged and all employees are genuinely appreciated for who they are and the unique skills, perspectives and talents”
CUB promotes the responsible consumption of alcohol. It was a founding member of DrinkWise, which aims to drive cultural change around the consumption of alcohol in Australia, and each year the company celebrates Global Be(er) Responsible Day. As a member of the AB InBev family, CUB also participates in the ‘Better World’ sustainability program. This provides support to farmers who grow the ingredients AB InBev uses and the smaller retailers who sell their finished products. The program also encourages AB InBev and those in its supply chain to act in an environmentally sustainable fashion. This includes minimising carbon emissions, sourcing renewable electricity and using recycled content in packaging materials.
The recruitment process
CUB offers three graduate programs.
Those with a Bachelor or Masters degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Finance, IT, Law, Marketing or Science can apply for the 10-month Global Management Trainee program. Candidates are expected to be driven, passionate, persistent and committed to continual improvement. This program is the first step on the journey to an executive role. You’ll be exposed to functions such as Legal and Corporate Affairs, Finance, People and Procurement. You’ll also spend a significant amount of time in business areas such as Supply, Logistics, Sales and Marketing; gaining critical insight into how we brew the beers we are famous for.
As its name suggests, the 12-month Supply Management Trainee program is aimed at those interested in Supply and Management. The program is open to those from a range of disciplines but you’ll need to be the type who enjoys a challenge. During the program, you’ll complete rotations through Packaging, Brewing, Maintenance, Logistics and Supply Chain.
If you’re interested in a career in sales and marketing, and are highly driven, you can apply to join the 12-month Commercial Management Trainee program. This involves a two-month induction, where you’ll receive in-depth training in the sales function. After that, you’ll be “ready to jump right into you first role”.
The recruitment process starts with an online application. What happens next can vary. However, you should be prepared to complete some online assessments, do a 30-45 minute phone interview with someone from HR, spend a day at an assessment centre and take part in on-site interviews with senior managers.
Grad salaries at CUB are at or above the industry average and “performance-based incentives” are also on offer. The impressive list of perks includes an on-site bar and “free product allocation” (i.e. free beer and cider), subsidised health cover, access to a range of health and wellness programs, a generous super scheme, good deals on vehicle leasing and a discount program covering banking, sporting, events and travel. Global career opportunities across the AB InBev network are also available to the ambitious.
Over 80 per cent of CUB’s current leadership team are grad program alumni, which demonstrates the company’s preference for promoting from within. Given CUB’s continuing strong growth, it’s feasible to move into a well-paid management position within a couple of years of finishing your graduate program. If you prove yourself to be a star in Australia, you’ll be given the opportunity to compete on the world stage, working on high-profile AB InBev brands such as Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois.
The vibe of the place
CUB expects its staff to be results-orientated, entrepreneurial, accountable, ethical, commercially astute and team players. If you fit that mould, you’ll find it a great place to work. As might be expected of a beer company, there’s no shortage of opportunities to socialise with colleagues and customers.
From the Employer:
"Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) is one of Australia’s most iconic companies. We locally brew some of Australia's most famous beers including Victoria Bitter, Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde, Great Northern, Matilda Bay and ciders including Strongbow, Mercury and Bulmers, as well as distribute some of the world’s leading international brands including Corona, Stella Artois and Budweiser.
Joining CUB, you are opening up a world of career possibilities. We are a part of AB InBev, the largest and only truly global brewer selling over 400 brands across 100 markets and employing 200,000 people.
We are a company of owners that believe in achieving excellence in all that we do. We embrace and lead change. We are focused and we work hard. Although we are spurred on by our desire for success, we are equally driven by the people around us – inspired and motivated by the great minds we work with.
Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world. We are committed to driving growth that leads to better living for more people in more places and focused on bringing people and cultures together through our brands and experiences."