BAT Graduate Careers

The Challenge Initiative

The Challenge Initiative is our graduate development programme, extending over two years and designed to prepare our next generation of leaders.

Under the Challenge Initiative, you choose the function that best suits your strengths and the programme structures your development around a clearly defined set of deliverables.

You will gain support and encouragement from three sources:

  • Your coach will be your line manager, helping you get the most from the programme;
  • Your mentor will be an experienced manager from another function;
  • Other management trainees will provide you with a network of contacts around the world.


We take a constant interest in your progress, conducting regular appraisals and offering the support and resources you need. We encourage individuals to enhance their skills and knowledge through learning from internal and external sources.

We believe that working with role models is important and gaining meaningful coaching and feedback will enhance your personal development.

We firmly believe that you should be in the driver's seat. During regular discussions, your coach and mentor will encourage you to take charge of your own development and to actively manage your career with us.

Truly global

Wherever you join us and whatever function you choose, our objective is the same – we're looking for people who can grow beyond geographical and functional boundaries to pursue personal and business success.

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"The first word you should learn about British American Tobacco and the MT programme is a "challenge", constant challenge. The ability to cope with rapid changes is a key success factor in the current business environment. You will learn it. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars." Artem Gordienko (Ukraine)

"The MT Program is a great opportunity to achieve all your goals and become a real professional. From your own experience you will learn that nothing is impossible. British American Tobacco is an amazing place to start your career, work with different people, be a member of One Team and feel the spirit of a winning organization. British American Tobacco gives you the chance to Be Among the Best." Diana Khutsishvili (Georgia)

"Management Trainee Programme is a unique chance to marry theoretical background with practical experience in a wide range of business areas and eventually to choose the one to build your career in, fully expressing your potential and fulfilling professional ambitions. Experienced coaches will guide you in your first steps; and environment of cooperation and mutual trust in British American Tobacco will enable you to achieve your goals, and at the same time enjoy the experience." Dmitry Shikhov (Russia)

"This is a unique opportunity for young specialists to make probably a major step forward to the greatest revelations within their personalities. I really enjoy the MT program and the culture of a huge international company." Sergey Avdeychik (Belarus)