"When I started the process of joining Nestle Purina, I was a college senior looking for a position that would ease me into the world from academia. A management development associate position 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. I was drawn to the science behind making pet food, and I was very eager to learn from the technical professionals who came from corporate headquarters to visit and work with us. Now, I’m part of that team and I work on developing new products, as well as providing technical support for our different U.S. factories."
I started as a Supply Chain Intern at our Arkansas sales office, in which I focused on key projects to learn how the historical spikes and lifts affected the point of sales for our products. From there, I became a Management Development Associate and worked in supply chain in our Davenport, IA factory. I learned the process of the factory by experiencing each department for the first six months, and then I spent a year in the logistics department—my area of concentration. Since then, I’ve worked as both a Materials and Logistics Assistant, and recently accepted a role as a Procurement Specialist at Nestlé Purina’s Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis, MO.
I have been with Nestlé for a little over a year. I started as an Engineering Intern in Denver and then began as a Production MDP Associate in our Davenport, IA factory. After my rotation, I was promoted to a Production Management Assistant and relocated to our facility in Clinton, IA. Currently, I work as a relief Shift Supervisor and work on a variety of projects/initiatives related to production. In the next five years, I hope to continue making a meaningful impact at each of the plants I work at, whether in pursuit of becoming a Production Manager or even an international opportunity.
I completed a 10-week internship with Nestlé Purina in St. Louis before starting as a Supply Chain Management Development (MDP) Associate. As a MDP Associate, I rotated throughout one of our manufacturing facilities to learn the different functions of each department and how they relate to each other and the big picture. I also spent a few months rotating in my department (logistics) to get a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the warehouse, transportation, and materials departments. I am currently an Assistant in Logistics.
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