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CLP … broaden your experience

I joined GE as a Business graduate from Cardiff University, looking to build a career in Financial Services. Following a challenging but enjoyable 5 years at GE Capital, working in different Commercial roles within our Equipment Finance UK business and the Capital EMEA HQ Commercial Excellence team, I joined the Commercial Leadership Program in July’2013.

In GE it’s important to be confident in your own abilities, and start developing your skills in advance of when they might be needed. I had heard people talk about ‘owning your career’, and over the last few years this has been my philosophy (and its paid off!). I took the role in HQ Commercial Excellence, which pushed me completely out of my comfort zone, gave me broader exposure to different leaders, and work with people from different cultures. It was during this time that I first became aware of GE’s leadership programs, so I made the effort to spend time with people ‘on program’, understand what the benefits are of leadership programs, and whether this was something I would be interested in

The CLP (as affectionately known) is a 24 month program that is designed to develop the Commercial and Marketing skills of an individual through a strong core curriculum of training and challenging assignments. I will be undertaking three very varied 8 month rotations within different GE Capital UK business, as well as attending valuable training courses, and gaining exposure to experienced Commercial mentors. The program is designed to help accelerate my career and develop talent to be future Sales Leaders, General Managers, P&L Leaders and CCO’s within GE.

My first rotation is within the Risk/Underwriting department of the GE Capital UK Corporate Lending team, supporting the team throughout the deal underwriting and execution processes. My tasks have included working on detailed credit documents with the Senior underwriters, preparing detailed Collateral analysis, analyzing business financials and meeting face to face with prospective customers to understand the strategic plans for their business. Whilst I have also had the opportunity to work on and run some strategic projects across the Commercial lending business to ensure we have simplified process to enable us to attain our goal to “grow and be safe and secure”.

For me, the benefits of CLP are clear; it provides me with exposure to senior leaders, significant development and the opportunity of an accelerated career path…..if you think you might be interested in one of GE’s leadership programs, make the time to find out about them….its hard work, but worth the effort! Whilst broadly speaking it is a very exciting moment to be on the CLP now as APAC and EMEA are merged together as GE Capital International Cap International and we look towards further growth in ‘14.

Written by: Simon Hoskins (GE Capital/ United Kingdom)

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