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Our apprenticeship and internship programs are designed so that individuals in the local community are better prepared for the workplace, while simultaneously developing the specific skills we need at Nestlé Purina.
"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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My experience with Nestle Purina has been very rewarding. I got the chance to learn the amazing science in Purina research center and how these scientific findings are translated into Purina products. More importantly, my laboratory at WashU has established an official collaboration with Purina to further explore the interplay of nutrients and metabolism.
We are inspired by the local youth in the area who express interest in STEM. One of our passions is to teach and inspire the next generation of manufacturing professionals. With the shortage of technical professionals in this industry, it is more important than ever to create programs that promote development, and provide opportunities for local students.
The most rewarding part of working with our local Junior Achievement is spending time with the kids and knowing that after five weeks of lessons, they have a better understanding of how a community works and their involvement in it. These students are so eager and willing to learn that it makes for a great experience.
I have been in their shoes. Growing up, I did not have any kind of exposure to different careers for people with different abilities. I want these students to know that there are career opportunities for them. I am living proof. And I want to help students prepare.
The Veterinary Student Ambassador Program is an important part of our company’s Project Opportunity initiative, as we provide them unique learning experiences to set them on the path to future career success. In addition, these soon-to-be veterinarians passionately represent our nutrition and products to their fellow university students, faculty, and staff.