Food & Grocery Executive Program
The FGEP is a fully residential business school style executive program with a unique blend of skill development, industry learning and networking led by world class teachers alongside senior industry leaders. The format contains a mix of interactive lectures, syndicate groups, case studies, group assignment workshops and industry discussion sessions. You will examine a range of management and industry issues from the varying perspectives across the supply chain and develop winning strategies for today’s global FMCG industry. The course is intensive and challenging but also very social and a lot of fun.
This business school style program provides a rare opportunity to improve leadership capability and access insights across the supply chain, particularly at the supplier-retailer interface by networking with industry peers and learning from industry and business leaders.
Who should attend and how many places are there?
Middle to senior level managers and emerging leaders from all segments and throughout the supply chain of the food and grocery industry in Australia and New Zealand. We take no more than 36 participants which ensures you have plenty of opportunity to develop strong relationships with other delegates and faculty throughout the week. In recent years the class has typically comprised one-third retailers and wholesalers and two-thirds manufacturers and suppliers.
Why should you attend?
- Step back from your day to day responsibilities and acquire the knowledge and skills required of today's senior FMCG executives. You will look at emerging trends and issues both local and global and improve your management expertise. The program is an excellent opportunity to position yourself for career progression.
- Learn and network for a week with industry people from throughout the supply chain and across multiple segments.
- Generate and develop several new ideas to take back to your business. The program culture encourages creative thinking in a non-judgemental environment. With so much expertise in the room you will have huge opportunity to gain new perspectives on the challenges you face.
Why should you send your people?
- Reward and up-skill your key talent. The program is a tool to help you develop and retain your most important assets. The cost of hiring and training a new person can be far in excess of the course fee. A week of renewal and development is a way of increasing the loyalty and passion of your people.
- Benefit from the new ideas, skills and contacts your delegates bring back to your business. The program brings competitors and supply chain participants together in one room for a week in a disarmed, non-commercial environment. There is immense scope for your delegates to develop new knowledge and business opportunities that does not exist on an internal program. The course should be used to supplement your internal training programs.
Testimonials from past participants
"A great opportunity to step outside the business and understand the wider issues and trends. Good opportunity to ask questions of senior people in the industry. Having a forum where as a retailer we were able to interact with our supply partners provided valuable insights into some of the issues suppliers have with retailers and it will assist me in breaking down some of the barriers to ensure we are able to deliver better outcomes."
Jeremy Menezes, Category Manager - Woolworths
"Overall a great week providing current day insight into the grocery channels; and the opportunity to develop a strong network across all FMCG segments."
Paul Santilli, Chief Financial Officer - Carman's Fine Foods
"Thoroughly enjoyable. Liked the culture which encouraged creative thinking in an open-minded environment ."
Damien Deckert, National Category Manager - Manassen Foods
"An excellent program – in particular the variety of activities, range of participants and guest speakers, retail insights and field trip."
Matt Willson, National Manager Business Partnerships - WWF-Australia
"Very useful. I will definitely take a lot of ideas back to my work. It was really good to exchange ideas with experienced people."
Ryan Chhajed, National Account Manager - Ansell Healthcare
If you have any questions please contact the program manager Anita Pike onor call (03) 8640 0947. You can also to our mailing list to receive more information.
Partnership with ECRA and the Joe Berry Award
has joined forces with Joe Berry Australian Retail Industry Executive Awards to present an ECRA FMCG/Retail Award as part of the overall awards program. The prize, awarded annually, will include attendance at the Food and Grocery Executive Program.
Theis unique in Australia. Future industry executives under the age of 36 are asked to submit a 1500-1800 word essay, accompanied by a 12-slide power point slideshow, on one of seven topics that show case the breadth of the industry. An industry panel of leading Australian executives work from the selected finalists group to appoint an overall winner, who will receive a 23 day escorted tour of the major world retail markets.