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AUT - Management Trainee Programme


Assistants Under Training, commonly known as AUTs are students of premier engineering and management institutes who choose to pursue their careers with ITC, straight after they graduate from their institution. AUTs are inducted into the ITC system with the objective of nurturing and grooming them to be the leaders of tomorrow. From the day an AUT joins ITC, the Company ensures that necessary inputs are provided in terms of managerial development, cross functional and cross business exposure and indepth functional exposure in order to develop domain expertise, to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to perform their roles, as well as to lay the foundation for their growth and development as business leaders. AUTs undergo training for a period of one year after which they are confirmed as Assistant Managers.

AUT Induction:

AUTs, after they join ITC, are taken through a one-week corporate induction programme wherein various Business Heads introduce them to their businesses. The induction programme is also aimed at facilitating a smooth transition from campus to the corporate world as well as to provide an opportunity to interact with business leaders. On the whole the programme aims at giving an AUT an understanding of what defines ITC, how ITC works and the lives ITC touches!!!

Once AUTs join their respective businesses, they go through a division and function specific detailed induction programme which provides them a thorough overview of the business model of the division, introduces them to various functions within the business and gives them an extensively detailed insight into their own function. The induction programme is supported by projects and stints which help grasp the various nuances of the business and at the same time contribute to the growth of the Company.

Management Campuses:

ITC recruits from premier management campuses across the country for its Marketing, Human Resources, Supply Chain and EHS functions. The diversity in ITC’s businesses, superior brand building capabilities, unmatched supply chain, experience in working in new and established businesses added to the large employee base and operations spread across the length and breadth of the country offer management AUTs a unique and unparalleled experience.

Technology Campuses:

Budding Engineers from IITs, select NITs join ITC and a world of latest technology, state of the art machines is thrown open to them. With 18 factories spread over the country ranging from Paper and Paperboards to Foods to Cigarettes, ITC is beyond doubt an engineer’s paradise. Responsibilities begin early with exposure to projects, production planning, product quality, product development, tracking financials, state of the art machines, people leadership making ITC one of the most challenging, rewarding and enriching experience.

AUT Selection Process

Step I: Application Screening

Interested students from premier campuses are invited to apply online. An ideal candidate aspiring to pursue a career with ITC must possess the right mix of academic achievements and co-curricular excellence. We look for students who are able to think creatively, work in teams, convert adversities into opportunities and lead through ambiguous situations. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership across various spheres of student life. As our operations are spread across cities and rural settings we prefer candidates who are open to the idea of working in locations which could be remote and culturally distinct from their own.

Step II: Group Activity

Candidates shortlisted through the application screening process are invited to participate in group activity. This activity provides us insights into candidate's ability to lead, influence, communicate and work as a member of a team to achieve the desired results, all essential for a successful manager and emerging leader.

Step III: Personal Interaction

Candidates selected through the group activity are invited to a personal interaction with some of ITC's senior managers. This provides us the opportunity to understand the candidate's depth of function knowledge, general awareness and the overall fit with our core values, besides gaining a better understanding of the candidate's background and attributes such as leadership, teamwork and the ability to succeed.

Each step presents us a unique opportunity to get to know you better, and we look forward to seeing you in your campus!!

Leadership Journey


What makes ITC a great place to work in? It gives you the freedom to express yourself. It gives you space and autonomy and encourages you to take as much responsibility as you are willing to. If you can take more, you get more. You are encouraged to take the ball and run. Mistakes are recognized as learning experiences…for some time. So you better learn fast.

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Hemant Malik: Chief Executive, TM&D, joined ITC in 1989 as an AUT after completing his MBA from IIM, Calcutta. He has worked in the Tobacco, Lifestyle Retailing and Foods Divisions of the Company. In 1995, he was designated Manager - Wills World Cup, the largest sponsorship event ever in India. He was seconded to BAT, London, in 1996 as the International Brand Manager. In 2000, he took over Retail Operations and worked towards the setting up of the first 25 Wills Lifestyle stores. In 2001, he moved to head All India Tobacco Sales contributing to the development of the FMCG Sales Network. In April 2002, he became the Head of Marketing of ITC Foods and has been responsible for the creation and development of brands like Aashirvaad, Sunfeast, Candyman, Kitchens of India, Mint-O and Bingo. In 2008 he was heading Trade Marketing & Distribution for ITC FMCG. In October 2012, he took over as the COO of Cigarette Brands and Supply Chain, India Tobacco Division.



Three different Industries, six different assignments, opportunity to work with a Market Leader and to be a part of a young Start-up...all this and more in one Company! Coupled with Freedom at work and Resources to experiment, it has been a terrific journey so far.

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Mukul Rastogi: General Manager, Social Investments joined ITC in 1989 as an AUT from TISS, Mumbai. Mukul Rastogi began her career with ITC in the Packaging and Printing Division and then moved to the Tobacco Division. During her tenure in the Tobacco Division, she handled a wide range of responsibilities in Industrial Relations, Recruitment and Human Resource Management at the Unit level as well as at Divisional Headquarters. She moved to the Lifestyle Retailing Business Division (LRBD) at its inception in 1999 to head Human Resources. Mukul Rastogi has been a member of the CII National Committee on Empowerment of Women at the Workplace, as well as a member of the CII National Committee on Education. Before moving to ITC's Social Investments wing Mukul Rastogi was Vice President (HR) for LRBD and a Member of the HR Committee of RAI (Retailers Association of India).


AUT Speak

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Shagun Jaina

image of Shagun JainaA post-graduate in Human Resource Management from SCMHRD Pune, my journey in ITC started in 2003 as a KITES summer intern in ITC's Lifestyle Retailing Business Division. After a successful internship I joined the Company in 2004 as an AUT (Assistant Under Training) and kick started a new and exciting chapter in my life, which continues to remain an integral part of me and my family.

ITC as a work place

I believe that integrating work and life, is a very important aspect and is also the hardest to achieve, especially for women.

While we experience many personal milestones of marriage, managing households and having children and so on, I feel privileged to say that my organisation and my seniors have supported me in preserving this balance beautifully.

It is with a sense of pride that I tell others, "I work for ITC".

ITC Offers You

An opportunity to experience multiple roles across its many diverse businesses and my journey in the organisation is a testament to it. Beginning with the sales stint which was part of a well-structured cross functional AUT induction programme to recruiting and training field sales executives in the FMCG businesses to implementing new IT Systems and talent management interventions in the Lifestyle Retailing Business Division and today I am hiring Expatriates for ITC Hotels! Throughout my tenure in the organisation, my seniors and the Heads of my function have entrusted me with roles that have a direct impact on the organisation's success.

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Deepinka Agrawal

image of Deepinka AgrawalTransitioning from college lectures and assignments to "real life" and project deadlines can be a daunting challenge. I embarked on this journey a year ago. Wow, what a learning experience it has been!

Our corporate induction started at ITC Sonar, Kolkata where I found myself in the midst of a group of people who were trying to change the world and find success in the process

Our AUT training stint enabled us improve efficiency, instil positive attitudes as well as sustain and enhance the productivity of the organization as a whole. The training happened in many factories and I consider myself fortunate enough to be working with the best engineering minds. Our inputs, creativity and precision were expected on a broad range of projects so that we develop business and people skills - team work is an important part of our culture. I had the opportunity to present my views to key employees. Challenged by an experienced team at an early stage in my career gave me the opportunity to learn much faster, to handle pressure, to refine my ideas and to demonstrate enthusiasm for new challenges

I am now positioned at the Head Office, Kolkata as Asst. Manager, Operations. What is expected of me is a fresh insight on things, which is often appreciated. I have learnt to work hard and work smart!

ITC as a work place

ITC is fast paced, challenging, and a whole lot of fun - a place where I am growing not only professionally but intellectually, where my ideas are accepted and challenged as well. Our work culture recognizes and respects people with diverse perspectives and skillsets.It is an organisation which genuinely cares for employees and involves people in decisions that affect their jobs or work environment and we have a rocking party scene too!

ITC Offers You

I am attracted to ITC because of the ongoing challenges that this company offers as well as its expectation for high performance.The biggest thing I've learnt here is to always push your ideas further if you really believe in them... they could turn into reality!

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Swati Arora

Swati's journey in ITC:

image of Swati AroraI joined ITC in June 2012 as an AUT in the HR function from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Having made it to my dream company, I looked forward to an enriching and exciting experience at ITC, and here I am a few months into the journey, living the excitement each day! The journey began with the Corporate Induction Programme in Kolkata. The induction programme provided us with an in-depth introduction to ITC, the organisation and its various businesses. It was a great experience learning about the organisation from the very stalwarts who played a pivotal role in building it and listening to them share stimulating stories about ITC’s 100 year journey of transformation, the culture and values of the company. Another highlight was meeting young managers like ourselves in the best venue possible (ITC Sonar). The induction turned out to be one of the most inspiring preview into the world of ITC. My journey in ITC could not have started on a better note!

My first stint in ITC was with the Bangalore Cigarette factory. Two months of core operations induction helped me develop a deep appreciation of the true legacy of manufacturing excellence that ITC has built over a hundred years. After rigorous training and an even more grueling review, I moved on to a cross functional stint with ITC’s Trade Marketing & Distribution vertical at its Kolkata Branch. Nothing could prepare me for the exhilarating experience that lay ahead. Be it accompanying the salesmen on their daily beat and selling ITC products across a plethora of portfolios, learning the nuances of sales & distribution, performance management systems etc. The stint provided me with a whole new perspective to the organisation and the learning was immense. I then had an HR stint at ITC’s Saharanpur factory, where I am posted currently. From studying Industrial Relations in college to actually practicing it each day, challenges of engaging the workforce, working on diverse projects, learning the various HR systems and processes, my current role has given me the best possible learning that I could have asked for as an HR professional, in a short span of four months.

I was also appointed as the Campus Ambassador for TISS which not only gave me insights into the campus recruitment process but also provided me with opportunities to connect with aspiring candidates, liaise with my campus and share my experiences with my organisation as well as my alma mater.

Swati’s thoughts on ITC as a Workplace:

ITC is a place where leaders are built and one will witness this while interacting with many senior managers who started their careers with ITC. Here, new ideas are not only welcome but are expected from young managers. As a company, ITC has created a balance between short term goals and results whilst focusing on long term sustainability, thus setting high expectations for everyone who works here.

Swati believes ITC offers you:

A variety of projects, exposure to various businesses, abundance of knowledge & wisdom and great time with colleagues - ITC is a place where you constantly learn, stay excited to deliver and build relationships for a life time. As an HR professional, ITC offers you challenges across diverse business contexts, helping you continuously hone your skills and to develop as a true professional.

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Subhashish Chakraborty

Subhashish's journey in ITC:

image of Subhashish ChakrabortyIt was the summer of 2007, when I joined ITC as a summer intern. The next summer I was at the ITC Sonar, going through the coveted Induction Programme of ITC. It has been a thoroughly engaging experience till date.

I started my career by getting inducted into the operations of my division. Three months of intensive interaction with farmers, industry leaders, domain experts and my colleagues, provided critical insights into the business. Things learnt during my induction have been one of the strongest pillars of my professional growth.

Subsequently I went in for the factory stint, and started engaging myself on day-to-day HR operations while deep diving into the Long Term Agreement with the Technicians Union for the division. It was time for converting theory into practice. In that one and half year, also made friends for life.

Now as the part of the cross-functional team, I am responsible for setting up a new factory. Every day is a new learning. From meticulous planning, to execution- the order of the day is to make things happen. As a part of the team which is committed to actualise a dream, interacting with senior management team is extremely exciting.

Subhashish's thoughts on ITC as a Work Place:

ITC is a place where you are encouraged to take up higher responsibilities, early in your career. If you have the penchant of looking at day-to-day activities in entirely different ways, ITC is the place to be!!!

When the organisation itself is in the process of re-inventing itself, as a member I am also continuously encouraged to work out of my comfort zone and increase my area of influence. This, coupled with a culture of trust and openness, makes ITC an amazing place to work in.

Subhashish believes ITC offers you:

"Enriching the learning curve & great people to work with" is what ITC has offered me. It has been a wonderful experience working in ITC. My AUT experience stood in good stead enabling me put structure to my thought process; challenging the status quo at all times. At ITC I have been mentored to talk business; understand all facets of the business, not just grow in silos. What came as a pleasant surprise is the series of challenging responsibilities given to me; at ITC I am confident that my work is making a difference to the business. 

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Pravesh Saha

Pravesh's journey in ITC:

image of Pravesh SahaI majored in Economics followed by a Business Management degree. I was always inclined towards working in the FMCG industry in a country like India because it is a microcosm reflective of the changes taking place in the world in terms of rising incomes, changing demographics, etc. thereby offering a constant learning curve.

After spending two months in ITC as a summer trainee, I realised that this was where I belonged. Having worked for a year before my MBA, I was taken in by the warm camaraderie and sheer energy of ITC. The office was bursting with energy with everyone raring to go, helping each other, talking loudly as if they were still in college. I realised that these are things I look for in a workplace.

I started with a training stint in Kerala which was a huge transition since I neither knew the language nor understood the culture, but honestly, I couldn't have asked for more. I learnt by doing and that's how one learns best, and that's how ITC operates. The DNA of ITC is such that it focuses extensively on training and each team is expected to spend time working through and understanding the roles of his/her team members. Involving the trainee in various non-core activities develops in him a deeper understanding of company culture.

Post training, I was moved to a Head Office role. The role was in sharp contrast to my previous assignment and required me to develop new skills. More importantly, the scope of my work was significantly enlarged to include development of industry best practices for our front-end distribution network. I am looking forward to my next assignment and the change itself provides a great learning opportunity.

Pravesh's thoughts on ITC as a Work Place:

ITC is a place where you can make mistakes and people will encourage you for trying. It is a place that abounds in energy, filled with people who are brilliant at what they do but always wanting to learn more. It is a place where no one will stop you from asking questions. Most importantly, though, ITC is a family, where you laugh and cry with the people you work with because they are the best friends you will ever make.

Pravesh believes ITC offers you:

ITC has provided me in-depth training in the area of sales & distribution with a specific focus on systems & processes for measuring performance. The diverse roles profiles during these two years have enabled me to develop a wide perspective on various aspects. Also, my constant involvement in various task forces has developed in me a wider appreciation of various functions & roles in the Company.

By providing me with a Head Office experience in the early stages of my career, ITC has given me an incredible opportunity to interact with senior management at close quarters. This has further added to my skill-set in terms of a inculcating in me a long-term perspective, an opportunity to learn from the experience of the very best and a deeper understanding of the culture and expectations of the Company.


Campus Ambassador

A Campus Ambassador is an alumnus from your institute who acts as your connect with ITC, as we say the one point contact. Any questions relating to ITC right from the company structure, operations, brands, products, to organising guest lectures, information about placement process to knowing what it is like once you join ITC, you are free to contact your Campus Ambassador.

The Campus Ambassadors are:

Management Campuses:

1 FMS-D Sai Krishna Sekar
2 IIFT-D Shreyash Jhunjhunwala
3 IIM-A Aditya Nawani
4 IIM-B Kalika Mallikarjuna
5 IIM-C Ashiff Shaik
6 IIM-I John Jose Numpeli
7 IIM-K Anuraag Datta
8 IIM-L Shivangi Singh
9 NITIE-M Soumya Dube
10 NMIMS-M Anupama Sharma
11 SIBM-P Rupinder Saini
12 SCMHRD-P Manu Sundara
13 SPJIMR-M Arunika Ganguly
14 TISS-M Rashmi Singh
15 XLRI-J Tanveer Ali

Technology Campuses:

1 IIT-B Himanshi Swarnkar
2 IIT-KGP Subhomoy Bakshi
3 IIT-K Priyanka Mittal
4 IIT-D Ankita Srivastava
5 IIT-M V C Keertana
6 IIT-G Manish Arora
7 IIT GN Manjot Singh
8 IIT-R Prakhar Agrawal
9 NIT-T Vishal Asokan
10 NIT-W Avyansh Kapoor

We look for...

We do not believe in stereotypes. We believe diversity is essential for building a wholesome work environment. But there are certain basic attributes we look for:

  • Integrity
  • Intellectual rigour
  • A 'will do' attitude
  • Team skills
  • Ability to think strategically
  • High energy
  • Creativity
  • Leadership