William Smith alumna Jennifer Lever ’08 recently visited campus as part of an informational session to recruit potential employees. Lever works for the Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) in Albany and both she and the company’s Senior Human Resources Manager for Upstate New York, Laurie Riester, spoke to a group of more than 20 student attendees about opportunities that exist within PBG.
The discussion focused primarily on the sales and operation sides of business, as well as the training program that PBG offers to qualified students.
“At PBG employees at all levels must make real world decisions on their own. Employees are challenged early on, but this allows them to learn quickly,” said Lever noting the company encourages rapid learning and development of employees, as well as mobility of positions and locations.
Multiple seniors were able to have a first-round interview with the PBG Campus Hire Program on Tuesday. Second-round interviews will be held in late spring and will comprise of an extensive full-day interview process.
PBG is the world’s largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages – some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands. PBG became a publicly-traded company in March 1999 through one of the largest initial public offerings in the history of the New York Stock Exchange, and is soon to merge back into the PepsiCo umbrella, which will make PepsiCo the 2nd largest consumer products company in the world.
Lever anticipates this merger will open additional opportunities for employees. She joined the company in June 2008 and has since held five different roles, in addition to creating a sustainability program that has led to almost $500,000 of cost aversion for the 11 locations in Upstate New York. Her “Go Green” efforts have been nationally recognized and her input played a critical role in the PBG National Recycle Policy. Prior to her role at PBG, Lever worked as a scholar intern for the Cintas Corporation in Syracuse, N.Y.
She graduated from William Smith College with a double major in economics and sociology.