Since 1846 we’ve been committed to providing products consumers can count on - for now and for years to come - all around the world. Our power brands such as Arm & Hammer™️, Xtra™️ and Waterpik®️ are household names, relied upon by millions of customers. As we’ve grown, we’ve been sure to build our culture around the tenants of courage, determination and team spirit. We’re united by our small company feel and inspired by opportunities to make our mark.
But what’s it like to really work for Church & Dwight? How does it feel to set your ego aside, work together as a team and be right at the heart of the action, in the thick of things, making our company tick?
In this blog series, we interviewed key players in our business to uncover what they do, where they operate and why they enjoy coming to work every day. Each of these employees adds tremendous value to Church & Dwight.
Today we spoke with April H., National Account Manager for the Rite Aid®️ customer team at Church & Dwight.
In her position, April handles the entire Church & Dwight portfolio for Rite Aid, which includes managing a broker and assisting with the day-to-day sales operations of the customer.
April will be celebrating 10 years with the business in January 2022, which is a significant milestone in her career at Church & Dwight.
In her own words, “What surprised me most about Church & Dwight is the longevity of the employees. It totally feels like a family, which is very refreshing. Working here just feels good.”
The people are what make Church & Dwight a special place
Many organizations like to talk about their culture, but at Church & Dwight, we do feel like we’re onto something pretty special.
We asked April what she would miss most if she left the business tomorrow. Her answer says it all – “The people, undoubtedly. It’s the overall camaraderie of the organization. I’ve been with my team since day one, and it’s full of some major, witty personalities. I would really, really miss the people here.”
At Church & Dwight, we all work together as one team to succeed, which means going above and beyond what’s expected of us in pursuit of our common goals.
When asked how our people contribute, work together and share ideas, April enthusiastically answered, “This happens all the time. I have what are called line reviews, which are essentially new item presentations for different categories throughout the year. It requires the collective effort of field sales, category sales and category management teams.”
“On one of my family planning reviews,” she continues, “my colleague went above and beyond to help me, to the point where we were in the office late at night. He wanted to help me get the presentation just right – and it ended up going exceptionally well.”
This story exemplifies our team-first attitude, where people set their egos aside to help others succeed. We see this camaraderie across the business from the plants, corporate offices, and locations around the globe, and it’s just one of the reasons why working here is so rewarding.
When we achieve together, anything is possible
At Church & Dwight, we believe hard work and determination are what separates us from our competitors. We’re all problem solvers, and we channel our collective energy to tackle the challenges in front of us.
“My role can be stressful, and it sometimes requires some very late nights and weekends hard at work, but this ebbs and flows,” says April.“There are times when I can take a deep breath, enjoy the job and move at a normal pace. I do think it takes a special person with certain attributes to manage this type of role. As a salesperson, though, I know this is what I’m meant to do.”
While some of our competitors may have a greater number of employees, we don’t let that stop us from going head-to-head with them (and often coming out on top!).
“In previous roles, I worked at very large companies where I felt like a small fish in a big pond. At Church & Dwight, there’s more accountability in terms of what I can contribute to the company. The pond is a lot smaller, and I feel like a bigger fish.”
As April notes, we work diligently in a fast-paced environment to solve problems and get things done. We take pride in owning our areas of expertise, and as a result, every one of us can make a tangible impact on the business.
When challenges do arise, we don’t let them get us down. We see these moments as an opportunity to deliver – for our colleagues, customers and consumers alike.
“One of the biggest challenges I face is customer demands which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. That’s been a constant challenge to solve because the customer still needs the product on the shelves. My immediate supervisor is usually very helpful in getting around situations like this.”
Working as a national account manager at Church & Dwight also requires a strong degree of flexibility and agility. As April says, “There are times when the customer may unexpectedly discontinue SKUs. We have to pivot, think outside the box and find a solution that will work.”
A place to call home
Working at Church & Dwight isn’t always easy, but when you bring your ambition, determination and team spirit, great things are possible. After all, it’s by overcoming challenges that we truly find the most fulfilment.
As a business, we’re proud to support our staff and make sure that feeling of respect is mutual.
“What Church & Dwight gives me you can’t touch,” says April. “Of course, I’m offered great benefits, bonuses, stock options and nice extras. But it’s the intrinsic satisfaction of being respected as a team contributor that means the most to me.”
As a final word of advice, April says, “I think to succeed here you need to have an open mind, a team spirit and a positive attitude. That will get you a long way in this company.”
“January 3 will mark ten years with Church & Dwight, which is the longest tenure I've had at any company,” April continues. “I really feel like the time has flown and I hope that this will be my last employer.”
We couldn’t be happier to call April a colleague and a friend, and we’re very thankful for all she has brought to Church & Dwight to help us succeed.
Ready to join us?
If you can harness your collegial spirit, work together to overcome challenges and bring a positive attitude to work each day, then a career as a national account manager can offer you financial rewards and the sense of satisfaction of a job well done.
We’re an open and upfront workplace, so you’ll be given the authority, respect and trust to solve problems and make a real contribution.
With competitive wages and benefits, everyone is rewarded for their hard work. If you are a strong team player, you’ll thrive in this company.
Learn more about our company, our culture, and the latest career opportunities at https://careers.churchdwight.com/jobs/