Olivia Thatcher
Marketing Graduate,Gatwick

I always wanted to join a big company and it doesn’t get bigger than Nestlé. SoI joined the Nestlé Academy summer internship back in 2016 and came onto the graduate scheme in 2017. Now, I’m the Assistant Brand Manager for ‘Dry Cat Brands’ Go-Cat and Purina ONE.

What that means is supporting the Senior Brand Manager in implementing the brand plans. So I work on various projects simultaneously and cross-functionally and with external agencies. Projects can be large or small scale, from ensuring our TV campaigns go out on time to overseeing the recording of radio adverts or evolving our brand packaging.

I love being able to see the impact and tangible benefits of the work I do. Walking into supermarkets and seeing my product sitting on the shelf never loses its sparkle! And when a TV ad I’ve been involved in comes on in the Corrie or Love Island ad break, it’s just surreal. These are large scale projects!

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Switzerland and Barcelona with Purina. The latter was a great experience as it was Brand Planning Week, where every market in Europe came and presented their brand plans. If you love that kind of creativity and are ready to do plenty of research before you get here, it’s a great opportunity to be given a lot of responsibility within a short space of time.

What can you expect?

Our two-year scheme immerses you in the world of big brand marketing, working across one of three businesses: Purina, Confectionery or Nestlé Professional.

Be successful in one of the first two and you’ll spend your first year learning the foundations of marketing, working on a number of projects as well as on communications, innovations and shopper marketing. Your second year will be spent as an Assistant Brand Manager where you’ll own projects for a specific Nestlé brand.

Work in Nestlé Professional and you’ll spend the first year working with comms on building assets and other marketing materials. In the second year, you could transfer to our Sales team, finding out how it links to Marketing and giving you broader commercial experience. You’ll also work cross-functionally, building relationships beyond Nestlé Professional, such as with Supply Chain and Sales, to create confectionery solutions for our brands.

Join us and you’ll:

  • Prepare yourself for a rewarding career in big brand marketing
  • Support Brand Managers in the creation and delivery of three-year plans
  • Lead cross-functional teams to bring innovation and creative to life
  • Analyse data from multiple sources to create action plans
  • Lead internal and external (agency) teams to deliver communications projects
  • Effectively manage marketing spend and be the consumer champion for your brand
Who are we looking for?

If you’re curious, love solving problems and are passionate about brands, this is an outstanding opportunity to develop your marketing skills and apply them in a business critical role. You’ll need great analytical skills and the ability to draw conclusions from complex data, turning it into actionable plans for the business.

There’s never been a better opportunity to develop your Marketing 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.