FMGC stands for Fast Moving Consumer Goods and basically encapsulates any consumer goods with a low margin and high volume, meaning that jobs in FMCG can be varied. For the consumer, it relates to anything that is frequently purchased at a competitive price that has a short life and is rapidly consumed. Examples of FMCG are personal care, home care , foods, dairy products, alcoholic beverages, processed items, bags, watches, clothes, accessories, perfume, kitchenware, cosmetics, soft drinks and coffee, the list is endless, but broken down basically anything that you buy in a store that is frequently purchased.
Jobs in FMCG could start with supermarket and convenience store workers such as cashiers, shelf stackers and shift supervisors. More examples of FMCG jobs are shop assistants in a clothing store, pharmacists, or a sales representatives for a pharmaceutical companies or beer companies. But the jobs in FMCG only start there. To actually get the products onto the shelves takes a lot of behind the scenes work. For example, many of the brands will have been imported from neighbouring countries or even further, but as many of the FMCG goods are perishable, they need to be moved quickly, meaning there are jobs available in warehouses and logistics.
Since Myanmar began to allow for foreign trade and investment, many international companies have set up here to simplify the manufacturing and distribution process. For example Nestle, Kellogs, P&G, Kraft, Heineken, Pepsi and Coke, creating further jobs in FMCG in Myanmar, especially in the corporate functions.
Did you know that apparently Myanmar’s consuming (sometimes referred to as emerging middle class) will reach 19 million people by 2030, which is up from 2.5 million in 2010? This means that there is much competition (especially from international brands) for the higher disposable income of this class that may be emerging. Amongst the younger generations, foreign brands and labels may be seen as somewhat of a status symbol, which means that the opportunities for jobs in FMCG go way and beyond warehouse and manufacturing.
Jobs in FMCG are in abundance, and there are many opportunities available depending on what one’s speciality is. For example, to work in a shop or a convenience store does not require any formal education, but good communication skills and in the case of brands a fit with the brand image. However to work in one of the corporate functions (such as accounting and finance) for international companies normally requires a tertiary education. For getting a job at Coca-Cola as a marketing assistant is highly competitive as not only is it an international company, but one of the most recognised and established brands un the world, so solid marks as well as a command on the English language is a starting point.
All of the aforementioned companies have great opportunities (especially in Yangon) as they provide career development as well as perhaps opportunities to work abroad.
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