Hollie Arundel
Finance Apprentice, York

I first came to Nestlé Academy in 2016 on the two-year Finance Apprenticeship Scheme, which I’ve just completed. I applied through the website, which gave me lots of choices and directed me through to my application.

I started out in the Accounts Receivable department, receiving payment for the services and goods offered to customers and suppliers. Lots of customer facing time enabled me to develop some really strong relationships and get the process running smoothly.

Now I’m in a permanent role in Procurement Finance. I make sure all the business’s products are costed properly where I work with Procurement and the buyers to fully understand market movements and explain why they’ve occurred so that we can justify any price fluctuations to the business.

The best thing about working here is the sheer range of opportunities and continuous development on offer. After my Apprenticeship, I was able to continue my accounting studies while I worked. Plus, there’s flexible working and a casual dress policy.

I’d definitely recommend Nestlé to any new, ambitious individuals. The company really wants to get the best out of you, so they’ll give you access to mentors and business partners to guide you. It’s been an amazing learning opportunity for me and I’m still learning things every day.

What can you expect?

If you excel at Mathematics, a career in Finance with the world’s biggest confectionery brand will develop and reward your skills to the levels they deserve. Over two years, you’ll complete four different certificate papers, giving you serious breadth of industry specific skills. You’ll get to develop your career as quickly as you do your knowledge, as well as gaining a Level 4 Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship.

Join us and you’ll focus on:

  • Reporting – preparing and managing accurate accounts and performance data as well as analysing, interpreting and communicating your insights
  • Customer Support – building and maintaining effective working relationships with managers and key contacts, as you develop an understanding of the functions within which they operate and coach them in systems and information interpretation
  • Budget Planning – helping management to prepare, process and reconcile the annual standard cost budget
  • Lean – reviewing and streamlining our processes to ensure they’re as efficient as possible and evaluating potential business savings
Who are we looking for?

Confident with numbers and excited by mathematical problem solving, you should also have a strong commercial focus. This will be combined with the ability to turn complex numerical data into reports that are easily digestible to stakeholders who don’t work in Finance. A strong customer service grounding in addition to your numerical skills will be highly beneficial.

There’s never been a better opportunity to develop your finance career. Applicants who hold undergraduate Finance degrees are, unfortunately, ineligible to apply. We will be looking for GCSE’s (actual or predicted) at grades 9 – 4 (or A*- C if received in 2017 or previous), which must include English and Maths.

Applications will be opening in October 2019.