Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) CPUK at Nestle

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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) CPUK

Cereal Partners UK is a powerful alliance between Nestlé and General Mills. We established ourselves as one of the largest cereal manufacturers in the UK, producing some of the world’s best-loved brands, including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat. Our aim is simple: to provide high quality, nutritious and great tasting breakfast cereals. And this is your chance to join our mission to create a nation of cereal lovers.

We blend individuals from all walks of life, with a whole range of experience. They work together as a team – really, really hard – and achieve amazing results. That’s how we became a world leading business. And that’s how we attract the most curious minds to our team. Because they know, that at Cereal Partners, they’ll be given loads of support, so they can be the best they can be.

What can you expect?

You’ll learn all about getting our products into stores and making sure they perform commercially. That’s the crux of it. And there are a lot of products. And a huge number of customers, both at retail and consumer level. And it needs a behind-the-scenes operation to match. Supply Chain. Sales. Marketing. Category Sales Development. They all play their part, working together to take our famous products, like Cheerios, Shreddies, Shredded Wheat, Golden Grahams, and more, from factory line to supermarket shelves. No mean feat!

As a CMDA Apprentice at our Welwyn Garden City site in Hertfordshire, you’ll get to experience all these departments. Across a number of placements, you’ll work your way through each area to gain an end-to-end understanding of the whole process. During your time in Marketing, the key will be to gain a really good grasp of how we understand our brands and how they perform externally (market sales and consumer & shopper measures) as well as internally, reviewing profit and loss (P&L). You’ll also manage parts of innovation or renovation projects, in addition to supporting the team with necessary admin to ensure everything runs smoothly. Your Sales placement will see you look after our retail customers, ensuring we maximise store sales through the promotion of new and existing products. Lastly in Supply Chain, you will learn to understand the fundamentals of this busy division, working across a number of different teams.

You’ll also get to put your learning into practice working on real-life projects under the guidance of seasoned experts. Your time spent at Sheffield Hallam University, will see you work towards your BA Professional Practice in Management as well as experience a bit of student life. All accommodation and travel is paid by us, not to mention the food allowance (whilst you’re in uni).

At the end of the three-year programme, you’ll come out with a degree that didn’t cost you a penny and skills and experience gained at a global operation to boot! As though that isn’t reason enough to apply, you’ll also have the option to choose to work in the department you most enjoyed. What’s not to like?

Who are we looking for?

This being a fast-paced real-world environment, you’ll need plenty of get-up-and-go and to get stuck in straight away on whatever task is in hand that day. Learning in multiple areas on-the-fly, it’ll be like three years in a mental gymnasium – it’ll take plenty of stamina as you apply yourself to different tasks. It’s hard work but you’ll be so engrossed, you’ll barely notice.

We could reel off a list of arbitrary qualities that you must possess to succeed on the programme. The truth is, in an operation so large and diverse, there’s room for all kinds of talent from all backgrounds. You might be a problem solver, a negotiator, a brand manager or a marketing wunderkind – it’s about going in with your eyes open and knowing when you’ve found your particular niche in the whole process. It’s an exciting journey and, by the end, you’ll really know where you’re going.

Applicants who hold undergraduate Business Management degrees are, unfortunately, ineligible to apply. We will be looking for 5 GCSEs (actual or predicted) at grades 9-4 (or A*-C if received in 2017 or previous), which must include English Language and Maths, plus a minimum of 104 UCAS points (or 260 points from 2017 or previous).

Please note that you can only make one application per annual recruitment intake, so do take time to consider what’s going to suit you best. You must have the right to work in the UK.


We’re committed to improving people’s lives in everything we do. And that includes our employees. We want you to love your job and to feel rewarded for the contribution you make, so you can expect a competitive salary, plus all sorts of benefits. These include an Annual Bonus (as long as you meet certain criteria); Membership of the Cereal Partners Pension Plan; access to our Flexible Reward Scheme - where you can take advantage of the benefits that best suit you. Pretty good eh?

Salary: £14,000 pro rata + Excellent benefits

About Nestlé

We’re Nestlé. The largest food and drink manufacturer in the world. Sounds impressive? Well when you take an even closer look, it’ll blow you away! Starting life more than 150 years ago when Henri Nestlé created his first cereal, we now have more than 2,000 products that we sell in 189 countries. We’re talking the likes of KitKat, Nescafé and Felix – brands so well known and loved, they’ve become a major feature in everyday life!

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