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Nestle 2025 Nestlé Manufacturing Leadership Development Program in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Foods people love. Brands people trust. And a career that nourishes your future like no other.

If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestlé is the place for you. Nestlé USA is one of seven operating companies that make up Nestlé’s presence in the United States. We're in 97% of American homes, and as the leading food and beverage company, our goals are to continue to deliver quality food and beverage products, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact.

We’re determined to challenge the status quo and be better tomorrow than we are today. As individuals and teams, we embrace our entrepreneurial culture and have created a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Here, you will find limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career and feel empowered to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, but also about enriching you.

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2025 Nestlé Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP):

Are you a current undergraduate student who is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion? Are you looking for a full-time Manufacturing Leadership Development Program beginning summer of 2025? If you’ve got an appetite for an exciting career, apply now for Nestlé’s 2024 virtual Diversity Leadership Symposium (DLS)! It’s a three-day, professional development and hiring event, taking place from August 13- 15, 2024, for college students of diverse backgrounds! If selected to participate in the symposium, you will learn about Nestlé’s winning culture, network with peers & current Nestlé employees, and interview for our 2025 Nestlé Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP)!

What to expect from the 2024 Diversity Leadership Symposium:

  • Gain valuable exposure to life and careers at Nestlé and discover how a diverse and inclusive environment fuels career growth

  • Network with business leaders and develop relationships with peers from universities across the nation while participating in engaging experiences

  • Interview for our 2025 Nestlé Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP), with a chance to return to school with an offer in hand

You know us as the food and beverage company behind a lot of your favorites like Stouffer’s, Nesquik, Toll House, and Lean Cuisine, as well as new discoveries like Sweet Earth. Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is encouraged, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day!

Here at Nestlé USA, you are empowered to become a student of the business and deliver the best to our consumers. We’re inviting forward-thinking and courageous future leaders to embrace an entrepreneurial approach and start their journey of growth!

If you're a current undergraduate student eager to make an impact on an enormous scale, take strides into greatness by joining Nestlé USA.

What to expect from the 2025 Nestlé Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP):

Are you ready to kickstart your career with a leading global company? Nestlé USA's Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP) offers an exciting one-year rotational opportunity for ambitious individuals seeking real-world experience and a fast track to leadership in Manufacturing. Join us on a journey of personal and professional growth that will set you on the path to success!

During the first six months of the program, you'll build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills through immersive experiences and cross-functional collaboration. With the full support of executive leadership, MLDPs interact with various factory functions including, Engineering and Maintenance, Finance, Human Resources, Industrial Performance, Production, Safety, Health & Environmental, Supply Chain, and Quality Assurance. This hands-on approach will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how each area contributes to the success of our factories.

At the conclusion of the first six months of the program, MLDPs choose a career path in either Production, Maintenance, or Warehouse Leadership. This focused training will prepare you for a supervisory role in your chosen area. You'll develop essential leadership skills through mentorship, scenario-based learning, and immersion in Nestlé's proven leadership practices.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be placed in a Production, Maintenance, or Warehouse Supervisor position within one of our Nestlé USA factories. This two-year assignment will allow you to apply your knowledge and make a significant impact as a future leader in our organization in one of our Nestlé USA factories.

As a future leader of our business, you will be on the fast track to a leadership position within one of our factories. Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Learning a variety of leadership concepts, practices, and procedures to rely on your experience and judgment in planning and accomplishing goals

  • Supervising and coordinating the execution of production schedules

  • Ensuring the smooth flow of materials, parts, and resources necessary for production

  • Planning methods to improve efficiency in production and being assigned production improvement tasks

  • Developing detailed project scopes that account for operational impact

  • Mastering plant process flows, utility flows, capacities, procedures, and practices


  • Willing to relocate to one or more of our MLDP Center of Excellence factory locations across Nestlé USA for the duration of the program. You'll not only gain valuable professional skills but also have the chance to explore different regions, meet new people, and create unforgettable memories during your time in the MLDP in one of these locations:

  • Gaffney, SC

  • Springville, UT

  • Ft. Smith, AR

  • Mt. Sterling, KY

  • Anderson, IN

To be eligible for this program, we require the following qualifications:


  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management, Safety Management, Food Science, Industrial Management, Industrial Engineering, or a related field.

  • Completion of the required degree by June 2025.

  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 and above.


  • Prior internship or co-op experience; manufacturing experience; student organization and/or other leadership experience is preferred.

  • Previous problem-solving experience with tangible results.

Additional Requirements:

  • Available to start the program in June 2025

  • Ability to relocate to any Nestlé USA factory after completing the program

  • Ability to work and thrive in a team environment

  • Demonstrate outstanding learning capabilities

  • Ability to deliver results on challenging assignments

  • Able to demonstrate strong communication skills, influence others, leadership capabilities and strong analytical skills

  • Adaptability and resilience in the face of ambiguity.

  • Interested in working on various business projects requiring research, cost analyses, and engagement of stakeholders

  • Demonstrated experience to take bold actions and challenge the status quo.

  • Being comfortable with the idea of “failing forward”

  • Able to connect the dots from multiple inputs leveraging an end-to-end mindset

  • Comfortable leading people in various capacities within a factory setting

  • Willing to work any shift, including second or third shift as required throughout the program. Please note that our facilities may have ambient conditions that can be cold, wet, or warm.


At Nestlé, we value our employees and offer a range of benefits to support their well-being and professional growth, including:

  • Relocation package (for eligible candidates)

  • Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, mental wellness programs, and financial health benefits

  • MLDPs may be eligible for a retention bonus based on successful completion of the program into a supervisory position in one of our Nestlé USA factories

  • Immersion into a dynamic and inclusive work culture, surrounded by colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

  • Mentorship and professional coaching from experienced leaders

  • As an influential industry leader in consumer-packaged goods, Nestlé offers you the chance to make a difference in the community through engaging in community service events through Nestlé Cares Share Valued Organizations

We encourage you to seize this cutting-edge opportunity and embark on a rewarding career journey with Nestlé USA.

The Nestlé Diversity Leadership Symposium is ideal for students from diverse backgrounds but is open to all candidates, regardless of ethnicity, who can demonstrate that they would make a positive contribution to diversity at Nestlé.


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 accommodations@nestle.com or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467

*Note: Nespresso is not a federal contractor and does not maintain affirmative action programs

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