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Youth Graduate Development Program at Nestlé Middle East

Online applications accepted until 31 March 2016 for sales and marketing openings in various countries
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Bilinguals with bachelor’s degrees in business or related fields, a GPA of 3.2 or above, and no more than one year of work experience are being invited to apply to the Nestlé Graduate Development Program, a three year rotational program that accelerates careers for selected candidates in positions across the Middle East. Candidates meeting declared criteria can apply from now through March by visiting, or the newly launched LinkedIn page – Nestlé Middle East.

The Nestlé Graduate Development Program, which has recruited 46 people to successful careers in various fields within the region since 2009, is seeking to fill five new sales and marketing positions in 2016 for which those hired will benefit from condensed training and rotations that propel them into defined functional positions within three years.

“The Graduate Development Program is a key tool in our perpetual quest to attract outstanding talent and equip them with all the skills they need to excel in the corporate world,” said Christine Geary, Human Resources Director at Nestlé Middle East. “The Program is one of the means by which we meet one of our key commitments to society: to Foster Career Opportunities for Youth in the Middle East.”

Selection Criteria

Applicants will initially undergo online personality and ability assessments. Those who pass will be interviewed, followed by a second online assessment for those shortlisted. The triage continues with personal interviews to determine who gets invited to a two-day assessment in the United Arab Emirates that involves exercises evaluated by Nestlé managers from various functions. The process concludes with a case study assignment, to be prepared and presented by finalists to a panel of judges.

The Graduate Development Program – which covers Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Finance and Control, Supply Chain and Technical positions – is part of the global Nestlé Needs YOUth Initiative, which aims to help young people in their transition from education to work, in addition to recruiting and developing the next generation of Nestlé leaders.

Youth Employment at Nestlé Middle East

Nestlé Middle East has recruited more than 1,700 people under 30 over the past five years, with one third of its current employees falling in this age bracket.

The Nestlé Needs YOUth Initiative promotes job creation, in addition to strengthening and developing the skills and employability of young people. It also mobilizes companies and Non-Governmental Organizations to unite and further support the youth, through the Alliance for YOUth initiative.

In the Middle East, the initiative is based on the following pillars: career advising, internships, and career training for fresh graduates in countries across the region. This includes initiatives that support the youth through readiness for work events; enhance skills through internships, graduate programs such as the Graduate Development Program, and trainee programs such as the Nestlé Center of Excellence.

For more information, please contact:

Lynn Al Khatib
Nestlé Middle East
[email protected]