"When I started the process of joining Nestlé Purina, I was a college senior looking for a position that would ease me into the working world from academia. The Management Development Program felt like the perfect fit. While the main focus initially seemed to be on understanding the physical process of how to make pet food, it also made me aware of other critical functions like logistics, supply chain and everything else that goes into how a factory operates. While at the factories, I was drawn to the science behind making pet food and very eager to learn from the technical folks who came from our St. Louis Headquarters to visit. Now, I'm part of that team. I work on developing new products and providing technical support for our factories. I don't know what the future holds for me at Purina, but knowing the support I have from the company, I look forward to the path I have ahead."
I joined the Purina Team as a summer supply chain intern. I saw this as my opportunity to contribute in an impactful way to the business. Being able to say I'm part of something big is rewarding. I was given three main projects to learn how historical spikes and lifts impact the point of sales for our products. My goals were to learn the company, but they've helped me achieve much more than that. I was able to learn how to manage multiple pieces of data while also ensuring that I understood the customer's wants, needs, and desires. My team worked with me to ensure that I gained as much experience and knowledge of the company while also completing my tasks at hand in a fun and encouraging environment. The culture that was shown to me was like none other and demonstrated how a person can love their job while also enjoying to get it done.
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