International Programmes

The first decision you need to make is where your passion lies. Every year at our Head Office in Switzerland, we hire exceptional graduates onto international development programmes based in different areas of our business. The emphasis is on the word “exceptional”.

The opportunity

More than one third of our Executive Board Members started their career in Nestlé as graduates. By starting your life at Nestlé in these programmes you can be one of the future leaders of our business.

The challenge

Whichever area holds your interest, you’ll need to show us that you share our values and have your own distinctive strengths. Nestlé graduates stand out through their drive, passion and intelligence – and that’s a standard you must meet. You’ll need to combine also academic success with strong language skills and relevant internship or professional experience.

Find out more about our international programmes and the areas you could join:

Nestlé Group Audit (NGA)

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As you’d expect from Nestlé, our audit service is world-class. Our Group Audit team adds value to our most senior managers both in our markets around the world and at our international headquarters. However, that is just the beginning. As you’ll discover, the graduates of our Group Audit team are highly valued around the business. It’s easy to see why.

The Nestlé Group Audit experience
As a Nestlé International Auditor, you’ll be exposed to some of the key activities and teams within the Group. You’ll gain an understanding of the operational efficiencies, the internal controls and the compliance issues in Sales and Marketing, Supply Chain, Production, Finance and more. You will help to improve our processes and facilitate the application of best practices. And you’ll do this not just in a single territory, but worldwide.

Win a place at our Nestlé Group Audit and you’ll quickly become a valued member of the team. That’s an experience in itself. Our auditors work – and often live – in close-knit teams, sharing the pressures and successes of completing audits to demanding timescales. Excel in this environment and within two years you could be leading one of these teams and taking accountability for your own audit project.

Continuous learning
Naturally, we will make sure you’re fully prepared for this responsibility. Through on-the-job coaching from your Team Leader and a structured in-class training programme that covers audit methodologies, SAP applications, negotiation techniques, project management and process reviews, you’ll grow as an audit professional. We’ll add to this with continuous performance reviews and a first-rate mentoring program and within four years you’ll be ready for your business-line position. This could be in Finance and Control, Marketing and Sales, Supply Chain or Engineering and Technical – in almost any country in the world.

Who are we looking for?
We clearly don’t expect you to be the finished article when you join us. However, you’ll need to combine a Masters in Business or Finance, ideally with a major in Finance or Audit, with fluent English and two additional major languages such as French, German, Mandarin or Spanish, to a high standard. As importantly, you’ll need the flexibility to travel widely and strength of character and drive to flourish in a challenging international career that is often described as a lifestyle rather than a role.

Application process
Apply online (searching for CH-International operational auditor, or job id 140004UI).
We have several recruiting periods over the year (assessment process: video interview, assessment centre with final interview)
Regular start dates: 1st December, 1st March, 1st August


Our Engineers are among the best-trained – and most widely travelled – in the world.

The opportunity
Join our Engineering Program and you’ll be introduced to our practices and technologies through three or four placements in Nestlé factories and specialist coaching sessions at our Switzerland headquarters and International Training Centre. After this four to six-month orientation is over, you’ll commit to your first two to three-year assignment.

Now life becomes really interesting. Your engineering assignment could be in one of our factories around the world, working in the engineering, quality assurance or manufacturing department – in anything from food processes to packaging and refrigeration. Alternatively, you could be assigned to the construction of a new factory line or extension. Or you could be based in one of our Product Technology Centres focusing on product and process development.

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How your career develops depends on the expertise you gain along the way, your preferences and your professional background. As a Mechanical or Process engineer, you could become a Project Engineer constructing and commissioning new project lines, utilities or factories. If you decide to focus on a particular area or a food process, you might decide to become an Engineering Specialist. Or you could become a Factory Engineer, responsible for installation or maintenance and repair. All these options will leave you able to progress to Chief Engineer in a Nestlé Market, head up a technical specialty or become an Engineering or Factory Manager.

If you have a background in microbiology, chemistry, food technology or a similar field, you have different options. You could be trained to become a Quality Specialist, introducing the Nestlé Quality System to local markets. Or you might make your mark as a Manufacturing Specialist working with raw materials, recipes and processes, and acting as the link between the factory and R&D on product development. Again, these options open up a number of career destinations, including Factory Manager, Head of Factory Quality Assurance or Head of Manufacturing.

The challenge
Whether your academic background is mechanical, process, or industrial and chemical engineering, don’t under-estimate the demands of an international career. Adapting quickly to different cultures isn’t always easy. All of which makes it important to combine a flexible approach with fluent English and two other languages.