The mission of the Business Analyst (BA) and Operations Leader in Development (OLID) Program is to recruit, train and provide career path planning and leadership development to a select group of recent college graduates for future leadership positions with C&S.
A key component of each program is job experience and exposure. Rotations throughout the company provide on-the-job learning and offer new challenges for young professionals.
Assignment rotations consist of four core functional areas. BAs are assigned to work in three of the four functional areas and can choose one elective functional area. Rotations each last six months and electives vary from two to four month intervals following a one month on-boarding / orientation stage. OLIDs rotate in departments throughout our warehouses with the goal of pursuing a career within the warehouse in a leadership capacity. The duration of each OLID rotation is anywhere from 1-5 weeks.
The rotations provide BAs and OLIDs with a strong foundation and indepth understanding of C&S’ core functional areas.
The OLID program is an opportunity for serious growth individually as well as within the company. Through the rotations built into this program, I have seen many different components of the business which helps to paint the picture of how they all work together and in some cases, how they do not. In addition to learning about the business and how to operate heavy machinery, my main role as an OLID is to find areas of improvement to make the operations more efficient. I chose this position because I love the concept of efficiency and optimization. As a senior, I knew I wanted to be on my feet making impactful change and seeing the results. At C&S you really never know what the next day is going to bring.” "
- Brian Campbell , Operations Leader In Development (OLID), C&S Wholesale Grocers (UMASS ’13)
The OLID Program has been the most dynamic position I have held thus far. My current rotation allows me to bring my supply chain textbooks to life! I have become a “human sponge,” learning from both my mentors and co-workers who always share their invaluable industry knowledge. There’s so much to learn and I can always count on a full day’s work to teach me something new. My days consist of learning the functional tasks in each warehouse department, gathering data for special projects, participating in warehouse audits, interviewing for selectors and much more. I have volunteered in several community service events as well such as Pumpkin Fest held in October. At a 24/7 operation there is never a dull moment and that adds to the excitement of my position. I’m so proud to represent strong female professionals during such an exciting time for C&S Wholesale Grocers. C&S has invested a great deal in me and my professional career so far - I cannot wait to see what the future holds. "
- Lailaa Boyd , Operations Leader in Development (OLID), C&S Wholesale Grocers (Penn State '09)