Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Monash University
SSC Graduate
Chris studied Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Monash University

What do you love about Finance?

I love that Finance offers variety, exposure and opportunity. As a Graduate within Finance, I have had the chance to work in a number of teams on a range of exciting projects. As a result, Finance has provided me with the opportunity to develop a range of different skills and to understand how various parts of the business function and interact with each other.

What is the coolest experience you’ve had in this function so far?

The coolest experience I have had is working on a Total Loss project within the Business Assurance (Audit) Team. This involved travelling across Australia over a two month period to liaise with, and investigate a number of sites to understand the causes of loss and the effectiveness of current processes.

What's been your biggest takeaway from the Graduate program so far?

My biggest takeaway has been the realisation that whilst Coles is extremely fast paced and dynamic, it is important to stop, think, and understand why you are doing something in Finance. Knowing why we do something is imperative to delivering great results as well as simplifying or developing better processes.

Why Coles?

I choose Coles for the people and the culture. Since day one of the program, I have found that other team members have always been willing to take time out of their day to answer my questions, assist me, and devote their time into helping me develop and progress within the business.

And specifically, I chose the Finance Graduate scheme because I get the opportunity to complete 4 rotations in a range of roles across the business!

The first two rotations of the program involve working in financial control, where Graduates develop core accounting principles which provides a strong foundation for a career in Finance.

The second two rotations are when we get to really partner with the business! We support key stakeholders through providing them with insightful financial analysis.

And no matter what rotation you’re completing – you always feel like you’re supporting our Coles customers across Australia!

Describe a Coles Graduate in 3 words

Passionate, adaptable, bold.