Supply planner at Nestle

Start Date:
Gatwick, Surrey
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

Review Score

9.6 /10

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


on the Supply chain apprenticeship, you have the opportunity to move to 3 different job roles within supply chain in Nestle over 3 years. Currently I am in a supply planning role for one of Nestle's many brands, Purina. Day to day I work with various stake holders to mitigate any risks of an Out of Stock period of our Distribution center.

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


I have learnt a lot of new excel skills as well as understanding a whole new system called SAP that i now feel confident using. There is a massive focus on people skills in Nestle which has really helped me develop a better understand about myself and the people I work with and has evidently shown better colaboration in the company.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The supply chain apprenticeship in Nestle allows so much flexibility and support to experience differnt roles in supply chain and different catagories / Brands which is what i enjoy the most about it, is that it helps you find where your strengths and weaknesses are and what you enjoy or don't.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I believe so far the programme has been well structured and organised and so many opportunities have been thought of to include in the apprenticeship. If you feel however that you are not on the right placement or feel you need to be in a different role to better your overall understanding the academy are always willing to understand and help.

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


as much support as you need, Nestle are one of the best examples of flexible working. They understand a work and life balanace goes hand in hand. Whether this is moving location, support with home life ( they have a whole team deicated to helping you with anthing from finances to mental health), moving roles to anywhere in the business, the list goes on!

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


We have a week of college every couple of months to disscuss the topic and the tutor I had at college could not have been more supportive during the week and when back at work. We have pleanty of time to complete the assignments and many colleagues at work are willing to help explain how the theory of supply chain is shown within Nestle to help towards assignments

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


It helps give a general understanding of the theory of supply chain and a big part of the training provider's curriculum, is to relate back to the workplace. This is enforced as part of the qulification throught discussions and assignments, whilst also helping understand a lot about the supply chain in Nestle.

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.)


yes plenty, there are so many different types. There are volunteering projects, networking events run by the Academy ( run the apprenticeships/ grad schemes work experience etc) socail groups that do an event every month, team days/ team drinks and there are various events at go on in the office that are sent out on emails as a chance to network with people and understand a particular subject better.

9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?


9b. Why?

Not only has this apprenticeship offered me the opportunity to better my understanding of supply chain but I am able to gain a qualification paid for by Nestle too. If you wish to get a better understanding of the business more generally and gain a degree there is the CMDA scheme or if you want to know more about engineering, manufacturing, finance or the operations of a factory there are apprenticeships for all of them. Even once you have finished the apprenticeship Nestle will encourage and support you if you want to have a career in a different part of the business. They have offered so much support to help with my home life that was beyond what I ever imagined - would thoroughly recomend !

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

check out their full range of apprenticeships and do not feel presured to do the degree aprenticeship! do what suits your style of learning, Nestle understands everyone learns differently, they support this and will not treat you any differently if you have or havent got a degree. All the amazing oportunities are still offered to you its what you take from them that matters!

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