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Nestle Manufacturing Excellence Management Development Associate in Clinton, Iowa

We’re a leader in the pet care industry, which means we’re not only ahead in volume, profit and market share, but our associates dare to Stand Taller. We innovate new products, impart new agilities into existing processes, constantly advance pet nutrition, and always pay it forward in the form of service for our communities and families. Are you up for the dare?

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Position Summary

For more than 30 years, our Management Development Associate program has developed our future leaders. This program allows you to embark on a personal and professional development experience a classroom can’t offer.

You'll be coached from the beginning, solidifying your career trajectory to learn and grow as a Manufacturing Excellence Management Development Associate. By joining Nestle Purina you’ll experience information systems, quality assurance, supply chain, engineering, human resources, production, R&D engineering, and operations performance to understand how each of these areas collaborate with the manufacturing excellence management work that you’ll do. Following from there, you’ll experience driving operational improvement projects as well as working on cross-functional teams to focus on making sustainable gains in reliability, quality, safety, cost, and delivery.

Why a leadership developmental role with us versus somewhere else? Taking the manufacturing excellence path is a full-time position that’s a fast track to management on the manufacturing side of the business. You’re the future leader of our business!

• Discover a variety of the field concepts, practices and procedures that will allow you to rely on experience and discernment to plan and accomplish your goals

• Analyze given data and operating conditions; implement changes and follow-up on results by involving key responsible people (i.e., sponsor, process owner, operator).

• Determine means to reduce material usages, material losses and rework, and to achieve energy savings.

• Plan methods to improve efficiency in production and be assigned production improvement tasks.

• Maintain compliance with approved methods and quality standards.

• Support Business Innovation and Renovation Efforts.


• Must be open to relocation to one or more of our 22 production facilities across the U.S.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Business Management, or related discipline attained or expected by December 2023.


• Prior co-op or practicum experience; manufacturing experience; student organization or other leadership experience.



It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.

The Nestlé Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.