After graduation I was looking for a generalist job in engineering that provided the possibility to work abroad. During the application process I got a better view of the possibilities of the engineering program that Nestlé offers. It includes a training period with exposure to the headquarter, factories and R&D centres and sets the basis for an expatriate engineering career in Nestlé. When the training period is finalised, a formal position is defined in a factory or project somewhere in the world for a duration of 2 to 4 years. Before the assignment ends, a new position is defined in a different country with a different role.
Currently I work as a project engineer at Corporate Engineering. The last 16 months have been a combination of training and project engineering work. I spent many weeks preparing training material for hygienic engineering and safety and I worked 5 months in Konolfingen at the Product Technology Center to support the local project team with the industrialisation of Babynes, a new product in infant nutrition. The engineering program offers a nice balance between work and training. During my time in Switzerland I was able to attain a degree in project management and I attended several training courses in Nestlé’s international training centre.
Opportunities in engineering are abundant as long as you are flexible to move with the job. In a few months I will relocate to Dubai to start construction of a new factory.
Joris, Project Engineer, Switzerland