Nestlé
  • Retail & consumer goods

What it does: Makes food and beverages
Staff stats: 308,000 across 190countries
The good bits: Global career opportunities
The not so good bits: Big-organisation inertia

Hiring grads with degrees in:  Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare.

The Nestlé story

In 1867, infant mortality rates were devastatingly high. German-born pharmacist Henri Nestlé set about developing an infant formula to help save the lives of babies in his community who couldn’t be breastfed. More than a century and a half later, Nestlé is still driven by this purpose – enhancing quality of life and contributing to a...

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What it does: Makes food and beverages
Staff stats: 308,000 across 190countries
The good bits: Global career opportunities
The not so good bits: Big-organisation inertia

Hiring grads with degrees in:  Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare.

The Nestlé story

In 1867, infant mortality rates were devastatingly high. German-born pharmacist Henri Nestlé set about developing an infant formula to help save the lives of babies in his community who couldn’t be breastfed. More than a century and a half later, Nestlé is still driven by this purpose – enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company, with operations worldwide. Nestlé has more than 2,000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, including Nescafe, Milo, Maggi, KitKat, Allens, and Uncle Tobys.

Nestlé opened its first office in Australia in Sydney in 1908. In Oceania today, Nestlé employs over 5,000 people across more than 70 offices, factories, and distribution centres in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

The culture

At Nestlé you’ll find a culture of respect – for each other, for diversity and for the future.

Respect goes beyond simple courtesy – it informs decisions at each level of the organisation, and guides the experience they offer. You’ll be supported and encouraged to grow through challenging – but rewarding – work, as well as the wide variety of opportunities that only a global company like Nestlé can offer.

Nestlé believes that a culture of diversity and inclusion benefits both their people and their consumers.

“A diverse workplace challenges and inspires the ways we think, innovate and create. At Nestlé, we constantly seek new and better ways to work together, building from our past success into the future.

“We believe that the many different backgrounds, ways of thinking and cultural experiences of our people at every level of our business, makes for a richer workplace and gives us the insight and innovation to grow and continually delight our equally diverse consumers.

“As a people-inspired company, respect and trust are our greatest strengths. We place high value on the unique perspectives that people bring to our team which sharpens our performance and drives our business.”

Social contribution

Nestlé believes in creating value not only for their shareholders, but for society – by Creating Shared Value (CSV), which is their principle for how they do business. They work to have a positive impact on society by focusing on enabling healthier and happier lives for individuals and families, on helping the development of thriving and resilient communities, and on stewarding the planet’s natural resources for future generations.

The recruitment process

Nestlé Oceania offers five different grad program streams for business, finance, marketing, supply chain and technical and production graduates. All run for two years. As well as having a relevant qualification, you’ll be expected to demonstrate you are adaptable, innovative, insightful, self-motivated and a smart worker (i.e. one who can prioritise tasks and work collaboratively).

Whichever stream you apply for, you’ll go through the same recruitment process. This involves filling in an online application, doing an online assessment, sitting an interview either in person or via video conferencing and attending an assessment centre, where you’ll take part in group activities and meet with senior leaders. If all that goes well, and your references check out, you can expect to receive an offer.

Your grad program experience will be determined by what stream you’re in. Marketing grads can expect to “work across new product development, point of sale development, brand communications and [learn] how to interact and work with a sales team”. Business graduates will “gain insights into consumer and shopper behaviour” then “help create compelling sales offers and develop integrated shopper campaigns that excite and entertain”. Supply chain grads will “experience the end to end value change through roles in each of our key functional areas: Customer Service, Demand and Supply Planning, Physical Logistics and Procurement”. Finance grads learn about “the full life cycle of the financial side of Nestlé” from product development to sales, as well as receiving support to achieve a CPA qualification. Technical and production graduates are trained up in “processes to maximise productivity and minimise waste” before getting “opportunities to lead projects and demonstrate what you’ve learnt across management of projects and people, safe work practices and being a team leader of high performance teams”.

Remuneration

Nestle believes in the power of meaningful recognition to engage and reward people and cultivate a culture of excellence.

Their Total Rewards program recognises excellence in many ways – from opportunities to grow, evolve and contribute, to perks that support your health, wellness, educational and financial needs.

  • Rewards: At the foundation of remuneration at Nestlé is a fixed base salary, with a bonus plan to further reward great performance and behaviours.
  • Balance: Nestlé understand that life doesn’t always bend around the 9-to-5, so we believe in and support healthy,  flexible lifestyles both at and outside of work.
  • Growth: Nestlé encourages a culture of continuous learning ranging from career and development opportunities through to professional development coaching, further study and mobility.
  • Benefits: Nestlé Total Rewards begin from day one, ranging from super and financial advice, to health and assistance programs as well as partner discounts. And they don’t stop when you leave, with retirement benefits for people in the later stages of their careers.

Career prospects

Success at Nestlé is driven by the talented people that push the business further, year after year.

Nestlé fosters a culture of high performance by providing opportunities to grow and shape your career through challenging and rewarding work across the business. Your future is yours for the making.

As a global organisation, there’s a broad range of opportunities available for you to enjoy a long and rewarding career across the different businesses and brands – or even different countries!

Whether you choose to develop your existing skills, learn new ones, or expand your wider understanding and knowledge through formal study, Nestlé are committed to helping your reach your goals.

From training to networking to on-the-job experiences, their holistic approach to professional development means you can learn and develop in the most effective way for you.

The vibe of the place

As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé has plenty of opportunities for you to make an impact through the work you do in a truly global business.

Your experience may cover different brands, different business areas, and even different countries. You’ll have the chance to learn from some of the brightest minds across the organisation as you grow your career – through your ideas, energy and expertise.

With amazing people at every level of our business, you will work collaboratively towards their future success, as they continue to work to find new solutions to modern problems around nutrition, product development and production, and global supply chains.

 

From the Employer:

"Iconic brands. World class products. There’s more to life at Nestlé.

Ready for your big break?

Imagine being part of a global success story; working with iconic brands and world-class products. This could be you and your future career because we know it’s the graduates of today that shape tomorrow.

When you join Nestlé, you become part of the world’s biggest nutrition, health and wellness company. Our brands touch every aspect of consumers’ lives and every day, we’re committed to live our promise: Good Food, Good Life.

We know that it takes a lot of different people with many different skills and talent to create a stronger, more sustainable tomorrow. With fresh thinking and new ideas, you can make a real impact on the way we work and the way we deliver our products to the market.

You will have the opportunity to create your own career path and make real contributions to the success of our company. And when you’re ready to grow, we have career opportunities both locally and globally.

So if you are ready to be challenged and want to make a difference, then come and join us in our Next Gen Nestlé graduate program where you will see a world of opportunity open up and discover there’s more to life at Nestlé."

 

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Nestlé
Rory studied Bachelor of Business (Economics) at University of Technology Sydney
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Nestlé
Brittney studied B.Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering/ B.Science at University of Sydney

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