Nestlé Group Audit Graduate Trainee Program (Worldwide)

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11 Oct, 2010

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The Nestlé Group Audit is a world-class audit department. It provides value-adding assistance to Top Management in the markets and at the international headquarters. At the same time it is one of the most important talent pools within the group shaping the auditors to become the future business leaders of the Group.

Objectives of the Nestlé Group Audit

Next to assessing the internal control systems, our auditors ensure compliance with corporate standards and local legislation. They help improve operational efficiency of our processes and facilitate the application of best practices throughout the Group.

Areas of Activities

Auditing in the Nestlé Group Audit is a very operational and hands-on job. The underlying principle is actively involving staff at the audited unit. This means conducting interviews with all levels of staff to become familiar with the processes and systems, but also includes performing risk analysis and adequate audit tests supported by proper data mining methodologies. Identifying weaknesses and developing workable solutions are the result of their work. As a Nestlé auditor you have a fascinating opportunity to get to know all activities and functions within the Nestlé Group- such as Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain, Production and Finance – and this on a worldwide level!

You will be dealing with professionals at all levels in the company: from operators in a factory to executive vice presidents at the center and experience the fascination to interact with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

International Project Teams
The Nestlé Group Audit consists of 55 auditors from more than 20 nations – all top graduates and young professionals with a proven record of success. They work together in high performance project teams –An audit team consists of up to 5 members and are headed by the team leader. Right from the start you will have the responsibility to analyse a specific function, to develop recommendations of improvement and to get the buy-in of the auditees. Time pressure is high as you have between 2-4 weeks only in a unit to complete the project. The team members will stay together during the 12 week assignment before they rotate. Working and living together for three months under demanding circumstances requires on one side a high level of team spirit and tolerance, but forms a special bond between the auditors.

Fast Career Track

When you join Nestlé as an auditor, you will be integrated as a team member where you will be able to demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills. As soon as your performance reaches the required level –generally after approximately 2 years- you are promoted to team leader.. As Team Leader you have full project responsibility. You will ensure high quality audit results and you will manage your team members to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

Due to the challenging nature and complexity of the job, we aim for our auditors to stay in the Audit Group for a period of about four years.

The experience and knowledge you gain as an auditor at Nestlé is an excellent springboard for operational positions in many areas such as Finance & Control, Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain Management, etc. These opportunities can be anywhere in the world, depending on your particular interests and talents. Our experienced auditors who are ready to go for their next career step are always on high demand within the Group. The audit group management will support them to take on the right next professional challenge.

Professional Development Support

Nestlé objective is to have new auditors learning and acquiring experience as quickly as possible to make them ready for their next career step: This is achieved by the following:
On-the-job training: from day one you will assume full responsibility within your assigned audit areas However, you will enjoy the coaching by your Team Leader.
In-class training program But we go the extra step by providing class training to the auditors in areas such as process reviews, SAP applications, negotiation techniques, project management and audit methodologies. During our traditional 2 week annual audit workshop, you will have the chance to discuss face to face the latest group developments with the Group Executive Top Management. During the 4 year stay auditors have on average between 12-16 weeks of training.
Continuous Performance Reviews: The Nestlé Group Audit is committed to high quality standards. We therefore monitor constantly the personal and professional development of our auditors. After each 12 week assignment the auditor’s performance is reviewed and areas of further development are discussed between the auditor and his/her assigned mentor.
Mentorship Program: from the very beginning an auditor will have a mentor assigned to him/her who will follow his/her professional development.
The described elements combined with the expected high level of curiosity and self-starter approach will guarantee a steep learning curve about the company’s operations, its people, products, customers and consumers.

Searched Profile
As you have seen, working in the Nestlé Group Audit demands a lot from the auditors. Being part of the Nestlé Group Audit is not simply a job- it’s a lifestyle! That’s why we demand a lot from applicants for this job,. Our best auditors have all some features in common. They:

Master Degree in Business or Economics, preferably with a major in Finance or Audit
Fluent in English, with excellent knowledge of two additional major European languages
Desire to embark on a life long international career
Some professional experience gained through internships or other jobs in Finance or Audit
High level of curiosity and courage
Stong personality and leadership qualities
Excellent communication skills
Capable of taking initiative and meeting deadlines
Highly developed analytical and organizational skills
Adaptable to challenging circumstances
Absolute integrity due to the sensitivity of the job
High degree of flexibility and willingness to travel
The Selection Process

Our selection process consists of three rounds:
If your CV matches our profile, we will conduct with you a telephone interview to get a first impression of you and to test your analytical thinking and flair for numbers.
Once you passed the telephone interview, we invite you to our assessment center in which we check in-depth your soft-and hard skills in group exercises and interviews with HR and some of the Nestlé Group Audit Managers.
In the third round, you will have the opportunity to talk to the Head of the Audit Department.

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