Graduate Opportunity

Global Manufacturing Trainee Programme - Netherlands & UK


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  • Programme Start Date: September 2022
  • Duration: 12-month programme
  • Contract: permanent contract from the beginning of the trainee program
  • Business Function: Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering or Quality
  • Locations: Elst factory (Netherlands), Kitt Green factory (Manchester)

About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

Join our Global Manufacturing Trainee Programme

Our Global Manufacturing Trainee Programme is a departure from the ordinary training experience.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

About The Programme

The Kraft Heinz Global Manufacturing Trainee Programme is a functional programme for graduates seeking an exciting leadership or technical career in Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering or Quality.

Commencing September 2022 in our Kitt Green and Elst manufacturing site- you will be on an initial 12-month programme as part of an International cohort. You will broaden your overall knowledge of how a multinational food company operates- with the 12-month programme including:

  • Intensive- hands-on onboarding focused on our Operations and Supply Chain functions- complemented by a Commercial bootcamp focused on Marketing- Sales and Category.
  • Training in Lean Six Sigma Methodology- Kraft Heinz Manufacturing Excellence Programme and a range of other foundational business trainings
  • A factory Team Leader assignment- where you will develop a deep understanding of our manufacturing processes while also strengthening your leadership skills
  • A site-based efficiency/productivity improvement business project where you can apply your learnings to create real business impact.

Following graduation and a final project presentation- you will transition into your first role to set you on an Operations Management or Technical Expertise path at one of our factories.

What we’re looking for

  • Bachelor of master’s degree completed in 2021 or 2022 – Engineering- Science & Supply Chain are advantageous. - however this programme is open to graduates from any STEM discipline
  • Full working rights in either UK or Europe
  • Willingness to move across functional areas and relocate to different countries
  • Strong extra-curricular achievements that reflect a proactive attitude and ownership
  • Passionate about being challenged daily and ready to constantly learn- develop and grow

What we’ll give you

  • Fast-tracked career progression – Real responsibility from day one- leading teams and working on projects with real business impact
  • International exposure – You’ll be part of our Global Operations Graduate Programme - working closely with our UK and Netherlands based Zone Technical Experts and cohort of Graduates across EMEA- LATAM and APAC.
  • Training & Development – Strong personal & professional development including technical training- leadership experience- and regular mentorship and senior leaders.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • Elst, Netherlands and Wigan, Manchester
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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