Engineering and R&D

With your strong background in process, mechanical or chemical engineering, you will be given amazing exposure to various technologies, processes and installations. Productive and focused teamwork will be fundamental for your progress. There will be plenty of opportunities to share knowledge and expertise. You will be involved in developing process engineering solutions from new product development to commissioning, developing innovative food processing methods, and providing support for investment projects and technical assistance to factories worldwide.

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Nestlé Product Technology Centres (PTCs)

As the name suggests, our PTCs provide technical development expertise for our product, manufacturing and packaging processes. No easy task, this development work plays a vital role in fuelling our long-term growth. And that’s why our worldwide network of PTCs has such a high profile within the business.

PTCs are attached to every sector in which we operate. Each PTC is aligned with a particular Nestlé business and provides expertise for designated product categories. As such, it then becomes a global hub for that kind of product and process development. For instance, in Switzerland we provide worldwide technological know-how on coffee, beverages, cereals, dairy and nutritional products.

Nestlé Application Groups

Attached to individual Nestlé factories, our Application Groups make sure that our products reflect local tastes. They also work closely with the PTCs to test scientific applications as close to the end consumer as possible. If you’re thinking about where best to begin a technical career with Nestlé, an Application Group could be the answer. You’ll gain broad exposure to a range of categories, learning about everything from petcare with Purina, coffee with Nespresso or Nescafé, water with Vittel or SanPellegrino, to chocolate with KitKat.


Packaging is essential for food safety and freshness, and it also provides consumers with nutritional and environmental information at point of purchase. With your background in packaging (materials or machines), you will be involved in developing packaging that requires less energy and produces fewer emissions, weight reduction, new manufacturing processes, recyclable packaging materials, including alternative innovative materials from renewable resources. This job includes development, design, machine maintenance, machine support installation and more.

Systems and R&D engineering specialist

With an MSc in Engineering or similar, plus two-three years’ professional experience, or a couple of internships, you will bring key valued knowledge. This could include expertise in fluid dynamics, mass and heat transfer, manufacturing, R&D, systems, project management or packaging (flexible, aluminium, moulding or similar). Keen to develop your soft and technical skills, you will integrate a project team (coffee, confectionery or systems) and evolve towards project management in a few years’ time.

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International Programme – Engineering