Afif Kanaan
Manufacturing Intern, Fawdon

My name is Afif and I’m from Lebanon. I first joined Nestlé in the UK on a summer internship during the summer of 2015, while I was undertaking my Masters in Business Administration (MBA). I spent 10 weeks in the Fawdon factory in Newcastle in a support role in Goal Alignment and Focused Improvement.

My two main cross-functional projects while in the Fawdon factory were to review the operational budget of year 2015 (from a machine as well as a labour point of view) in order to support the 2016 factory operational budget setting. This meant that I was able to work closely with the Finance team. The second project was about enhancing ways of working for the shift managers and how they spend their time while at work. This will enable Nestlé to achieve the minimum required percentage of process improvement activities to be completed by a shift manager.

After graduating from my MBA, I joined the Manufacturing Graduate Programme in September 2016. I had the opportunity to work in three different factories across the UK covering three different businesses: Confectionery, Coffee, and now Petfood & Petcare.

In the past two years, I’ve supported factories in focused improvement projects, helped implement standard routines and accelerated and embedded manufacturing excellence tools, such as Total Performance Management (TPM). All those experiences have given me great exposure to the shop floor and enabled me to meet a lot of people in the operations community of Nestlé in the UK.

My best experience at Nestlé so far has been a visit to our Nescafé factory in Girona, Spain as part of a project I was working on while in Tutbury on my first placement. This enabled me to see Nestlé outside the UK, realise how global this business is, and recognise that opportunities can be available anywhere.

Nestlé is a great place to work. A lot of opportunities are available to learn and grow, not only professionally but also personally.

What can you expect?

Our 10-week Manufacturing placement will give you access to a real life project with business critical impact. Based at one of our nationwide manufacturing sites, you’ll be working on process improvement, helping to reduce the cost of our products whilst maintaining the quality. You might even support us in developing a new line of products. And if you make a big success of your placement, you may be given the opportunity to come back on our Graduate Scheme!

Join us and you’ll:

  • Gain a key insight into what a role at Nestlé could look like
  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities for one of the world’s biggest food and drink manufacturers
  • See just how we go about manufacturing products for some of the biggest brands on the globe
  • Have the full support to help you gain a true understanding of our business and the function
Who are we looking for?

In your penultimate year at university, you’ll be a real team player, who is highly organised. Achieving results will be as important to you as it for us, so you will be constantly looking for ways to improve things and make them run more smoothly. To excel, you’ll need an analytical mind and be brilliant at forging excellent working relationships and fast.

Applications for this programme are now closed. Please have a look at our other Internships we have available.