Ciara Phillips
Manufacturing Graduate Scheme, York

Nestlé Academy seemed like a great choice to me as there are so many opportunities to learn and develop! With the range of different modules and training programmes graduates and apprentices can undertake, I knew the training would really add value to me and my career. Plus, it’s an opportunity to work with some of the world’s biggest brands, which is very exciting!

I came here two years ago, after applying through the Nestlé Academy website. I’m currently on the Manufacturing Graduate Scheme and coming towards the end of it. During the scheme I worked at four different factories across the UK, from confectionery to pet food and I mainly work on projects that help increase the efficiency of our production process.

Every day is different – you never know what challenges or opportunities you’re going to face when you come into the factory each day. That keeps you on your toes. Working in so many different places too, has allowed me to build a network of people in the company that I can draw on for support and advice.

If you’re thinking about applying for a role here, I’d say it’s important to do your research first – the company and the role you’re applying for! I know it’s a cliché, but be yourself! That way, you’ll know if the company and role is right for you. You can learn to adapt and leverage your strengths when you get here, but don’t get too bogged down in them. Everyone has strengths and development areas!

What can you expect?

Potentially placed at any of our locations within the UK, this two-year programme will give you absolute depth of understanding of the Nestlé manufacturing processes. It will set you up for a career that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.

Join us and you’ll:

  • Undertake four, six-month placements in Focus Improvement, Goal Alignment, TPM and Shift Management
  • Undertake DMAIC (define, measure, analyse, improve and control) Training/Six Sigma (White Belt) Training
  • Work on the shop floor with the teams, supporting our processes to build capability
  • Lead small project teams to deliver shop floor change through TPM, shop floor focus and deployment of new business improvement rules
  • Manage shifts with overall responsibility for performance, quality and the development of teams
Who are we looking for?

You’ll be an articulate, confident and highly driven graduate, ready to develop an unmatched career in manufacturing. We’re looking for resilient and results-focused people who are not averse to risks and are able to coach and develop their teams to deliver real results.

There’s never been a better opportunity to develop your Manufacturing career. To apply we are looking for you to hold a degree, but it can be in any discipline. We are more interested in your behaviours and how you will fit in with our business.

Applications will be opening in October 2019.