Nicole's story: from trainee to a key position

Nicole's story: from trainee to a key position


After her studies, it was all about one thing for Junior National Environment Manager Nicole Gruber: to learn a lot. For the Carinthian, this principle is the philosophy of her life as well as it was the key to her success. After completing our management trainee program, she took on an important role in our sustainability department. 

Nicole took responsibility right from the start of her traineeship in the field of sustainability: “The sustainability team supports the entire company in improving processes with regard to occupational safety, quality and the environment. We are also on board, for example, with the introduction of sustainable innovations such as the conversion of our Römerquelle PET portfolio to bottles made from 100% recycled PET. ”Not least because of the diverse and extensive range of tasks, no two days are the same for the native Carinthian. Also, because the 30-year-old does her job not only in the headquarters of Coca-Cola HBC Austria in Vienna, but also in the production and logistics center in Edelstal in Burgenland. 


The on-site work within production is incredibly important in order to get an idea of our different processes and their effects. This view of the big picture has already accompanied me during my work as a trainee and has become even more important in my current fixed position.  

Nicole Gruber Junior National Environmental Managerin

After completing her varied 24-month management trainee program, the young talent made the leap into her first fixed position: As a Junior Environmental Manager, she is responsible for maintaining the environmental management system (ISO, EMAS) and for promoting environmental certification and corporate social responsibility. Projects in the field of water and swell protection as well as energy and climate protection or waste management also fall within her working area. An area of responsibility that requires not only specialist knowledge and environmental know-how but also a lot of project management and communication skills, as it is important to advance the goals and measures in the area of sustainability in cooperation with internal and external stakeholders.


A varied area of responsibility that also requires the environmental expert to constantly develop herself further: “What I learned during my time as a trainee and which still applies to me: one has never fully learned here in this sense. In the area of sustainability in particular, there are an incredible number of factors that need to be considered.” In addition, there are new developments and technologies or new findings that make adjustments possible and necessary very quickly. "That makes everyday life challenging, but at the same time incredibly exciting."

The Viennese by choice therefore does not want to do without certain routines despite some dynamic working days: “If my day allows so, then I set the three most important tasks in my calendar in the morning that I absolutely want to do. This visualization helps me to work more efficiently and not lose sight of the priorities.” Nevertheless, and she would like to give this advice to everyone who is new to the company, it is just as important to learn from mistakes.

“Regardless of the position, activity or level of experience we are talking about: Practice truly makes perfect. It is all the more important that the working environment and team at Coca-Cola HBC Austria not only make it possible for you, but even encourage you to have individual experiences and grow with them. "