Supply Chain at Nestle

Start Date:
2017
Location:
Crawley, West Sussex
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£19,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

Review Score

9.2 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

In Supply chain no day is the same, especially if you are in a supply planning role. Everyday there is a new issue that needs to be resolved, due to the complex nature of supply chain. Contacting factories, transport teams, to ensure that stock is in the right place at the right time for orders. Quite thrilling!

Then in Demand planning you have another host of stakeholders to manage - Sales people, Marketing, finance etc. All have different needs and you've got to somehow demonstrate to them your demand plan is correct, challenging their assumptions etc.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

9/10

Yes, data analysis skills - especially Excel, and other software used at the company. Communication skills as well - during meetings, telcos, presentations etc. Also outside of your role, there are other things to take part in to help develop your main skills and new ones. An example, would be organising Career's fairs.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I really have enjoyed the programme. The platform provided at Nestle to develop skills is something brilliant, the company culture - especially in the Supply chain function, has been excellent. I also find the support from the Academy programme, has been really excellent. They've also provided us with many extra -curriculum activities.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

In terms of roles - it's all about how much you put in - if you push for things and show passion to do well, then the company responds to that. However, you've got to have the skillsets for those roles too. The course content could be better, but it covers everything you need.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

Nestle provide plenty of support to their employees. Many things in place to support you, for example, Working From Home, is really beneficial. Especially if travelling from far and if you need to be at home for whatever reason. As long as you fulfill the business needs, you have real flexibility. Which is Great!

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

7/10

They have been really supportive, provided us with email and mobile numbers for any support/queries we may have, throughout the year. They have also provided us with electronic material for revision, for assignments and any other pieces of work we need to complete the qualifications. There's also support for stuff not connected to the course, like mental -well being support.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

8/10

The content has been very useful for understanding supply chain in other FMCG industries mostly. Also certain things at work, become much more clearer, when going through the theoretical stuff at college. Certain parts of the course have been really useful for some, for example one colleague working in transport - learnt about Incoterms at college and appplied that knowledge to his transport role.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

10/10

This is something the company really excel in. If you find your type of extra- curricular activity, you can go on to build some great relationships with people, which can benefit your career in the long-term. Social activies are the best, as you connect with those there, purely on social connection.

9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

In terms of development and progression, Nestle really do provide you with a platform to do just that. Now the tools are there, but you've got to work hard and be ambitious, you do this and you can go a long way I feel. Setting goals is key, when you have goals in place that are long-term, you may experience doubt in the short term - when things don't come off, but you push through because you want to achieve that long term aspiration. Remember ambitious, isn't about being a CEO, you might want to be the best sales person, supply planner etc. Everyone has their own ambtions, figure that out if you haven't.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?

As the company says, BE YOURSELF, when it comes to applying and the interview process. Now the interview process, is where you really get to demonstrate who you are. Also be sure to relate your own skills and past experiences to the role you're applying to. Comb through the role requirements and connect your past experiences if you can. Lastly, show passion and determination for the role, they want someone for the long- term not the short.

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