At Nestlé, we’re all about bringing American families the best foods and beverages, from your morning cup of coffee to your favorite pizza. That wouldn’t be possible without the teams on the front lines of our work — the manufacturers in our production facilities who ensure our products are high quality, reliable, and safe.
It’s this connection to consumers that make manufacturing careers at Nestlé so rewarding. We’re in 97% of American households, so the creativity and ingenuity of our teams make a real difference to everyday lives across the country. That’s why we hire agile, curious team members who are seeking to constantly learn new skills and grow their career. Even our CEO, Steve Presley, started his Nestlé career just over 20 years ago at a factory in Suffolk, Virginia and worked his way through the company, learning new skills as his career developed.
We’re excited to continue discovering new talent in manufacturing, which is why we have a series of programs designed to hire, train, and promote the best people for the job. Below are just a few of the ways we’re building the workforce of the future in manufacturing.
Room to Invest in Your Passions
When Kelsey joined Nestlé, she couldn’t have known how far a career on our factory line was going to take her. During a mechanical engineering internship, Kelsey discovered an interest in sustainable packaging that she then carried through to her time at Nestlé. Working in three different Nestlé facilities over the course of three years, she expanded her knowledge of what makes the manufacturing process work and how to find solutions where improvement was needed. That’s when she embraced learning new skills.
“My manager actually asked me in a one-on-one meeting where I wanted to take my career, and I told him I wanted to shift to the packaging team,” Kelsey explains. “Not only did he say he understood, but he said he’d help me shape my current role in a way that would give me added experience in packaging.”
Kelsey’s passion for sustainable packaging led her to become a Packaging Associate Specialist or, as she’s affectionately known by her little sister, “the box doctor”. She’s living proof that you never know where a manufacturing career may lead you.
A Place Where Everyone Can Thrive
Manufacturing roles have been considered a traditionally male profession. Today there are increasing opportunities and access for women in manufacturing careers, and Nestlé USA is committed to developing career paths for everyone, closing the gender gap in manufacturing, and driving greater diversity in our teams. Employee groups like our Women in Engineering group also drive change from the grassroots level — helping to inspire change and create a space for more women in the future.
“During the past 14 years as an engineer with Nestlé, I’ve been able to work in three different countries to develop and implement new technologies,” said Luisana, a Digital Manufacturing Expert. “I’ve been so grateful to be supported as a woman, a mother, and an engineer.”
We’re already proud to be able to say we offer equal pay for men and women across Nestlé USA, and that we offer progressive parental support policies for all parents at Nestlé— we’re excited to continue growing the number of women on our teams and developing future leaders in manufacturing.
Opportunities for Veterans to Build Civilian Careers
Transitioning from military to civilian careers can be challenging. At Nestlé, we understand the experience veterans gain from military service is valuable across all sectors of our business. That’s why we work with The Manufacturing Institute through Heroes Make America, a 10-week training program that helps veterans and military spouses skill up for manufacturing careers.
Whether participants in the Heroes Make America training go on to work at Nestlé or not, we firmly believe in investing time in upskilling the next generation of manufacturers.
Interested in training? Explore more information about Heroes Make America.
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