Salary £30,000

Joining us as a Graduate in the NPTC—Nestle Product Development, is a really exciting prospect. The NPTC Confectionery in York is where we develop brilliant new products to delight our consumers, develop new technologies and optimise the recipes and processes that make our products better tasting, healthier, and easier to manufacture. The work we do here goes into making items of confectionery that are iconic in the UK and all over the world. This is an opportunity to go straight into the excitement of developing new products, fresh from finishing your studies.

Here at Nestlé, we want you to feel you can always be yourself. We value unique perspectives—they’re the source of all the innovation that goes into making our great products. That’s why we’ll always support you in becoming the very best version of yourself, with mentoring that builds on your strengths and interests, plus access to an active Wellness programme.

NPTC Confectionery York is Nestlé’s leading centre for confectionery Research & Development, working in partnership with three development centres in Chile, China and Ivory Coast and working on products distributed to 187 countries. In York there’s a team of 170 amazing people from over 30 nationalities and a variety of academia. Focused on developing and delivering excellence in confectionery innovation worldwide, for well-known brands such as KitKat, Aero, Milkybar, the team support 50 factories globally. Our aim is to lead the way in how confectionery and healthier snacks are developed, manufactured and packaged. It’s a place where creativity and practicality meet to turn fantastic concepts into exceptional industrialised products our consumers will love.

Join us here in York, and you’ll gain the kind of valuable work experience and real-world insight that will equip you for a career leading the world in Product Development.

What the NPTC Product Development Graduate Scheme entails

Our scheme will show you the full extent of the product development process from ideation to the finished article. You’ll be learning a huge amount, which is why the scheme is designed to make the process as accessible as possible, with structured business-critical work experience under the close guidance of our experts. It’s an exciting way to learn and an introduction to your career unlike any other.

On this two-year scheme, you’ll spend six months with our core Science team, taking on front-end innovation. Then there are nine months at KitKat and a further nine months in Chocolate Innovation teams. Imagine seeing a new chocolate bar on the shelf and knowing that you created it—that’s the level of involvement you’ll be preparing for.

You’ll also learn the management and leadership skills it takes to deliver product development projects at Nestlé. How to play your part within a huge organisation like ours and how you’ll continuously improve the commercial outcomes of the work you do with your analysis, feedback, and stakeholder collaboration.

On the NPTC Product Development Graduate Scheme, you won’t just learn what makes great-tasting products—with the specialist understanding you’ll gain and the leadership behaviours you’ll develop, you’ll be setting yourself up for a career with endless potential. At Nestlé, you’ll step into an organisation with development sites all over the world, offering a range of potential career paths within R&D, such as becoming a Scientist, Project Manager or Line Manager.

Who is eligible for the NPTC Product Development Graduate Scheme?

We’re looking for innovators and problem solvers. People who are brilliant communicators, pro-active and who can leave us awestruck with the solutions they provide.

You might have developed your individual take on things when you studied for your degree in Food Science or Chemistry. What’s really important is that you’re excited to throw yourself into an immersive learning experience that will see you transform your raw potential into the finished article.

What will I get out of a Nestlé NPTC Product Development Graduate Scheme?

You’ll be taking a front seat on innovation right from the off as part of our core Science team. You’ll be supported and mentored every step of the way by our experts and you’ll be working on real NPTC projects that will allow you to apply your learning as soon as it’s acquired. As you do, you’ll be getting a feel for the reality of the work you’ll be doing with iconic brands that the whole world knows—and you’ll have played a crucial role in further developing them.

You’ll also take home the feeling that you’ve contributed something really worthwhile via our ‘Force for Good’ initiative. It’s all about Creating Shared Value (CSV), which means aligning our business objectives with real social responsibilities, like healthier eating and environmentally friendly paper packaging. Your work as a Nestlé Scientist will play into that directly. So, as you learn to meet our commercial objectives with the work you do, you’ll also be learning how to bring real benefit to the world at large.

As the largest food and beverage manufacturer in the world, we’re the people the world looks to for real scientific advancement in our field. Joining us in NPTC Product Development is an opportunity to put your name to the innovations that the science community is taking notes on. We’re pushing the boundaries of understanding here. It’s truly exciting work—and it really matters. Come and start a career where you’ll really make your mark.

We understand starting a new role can be an expensive time – to aid this we offer relocation support if your role requires a move away from home. We know that the support needed is as individual as you are – so please reach out and let us know how we can make this journey in to work together.

Applications are now closed.