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Nestlé - Group Audit

Industry Consumer Goods
Functional area Finance & Accounting
Duration 2 years
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
Language requirements
  • English (Fluent)
  • Other major language 1 (Fluent)
  • Other major language 2 (Fluent)
Mentorship program Yes
Preferred study background
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Engineering
Recruitment process
  • Online application
  • Telephone interview
  • Assessment center
  • Face-to-face interview
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Required skills

Leadership 7
Team working 7
Problem solving 7
Communication 6
Creativity 6
Commercial Awareness 6
Pressure Resistance 7
Flexibility 7
Networking 7


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 policies and ethics. They 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 systems and processes, 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 professional 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 start as an assistant where you will be able to demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills. After 1-2 years you be promoted to team leader as soon as your performance reaches the required level. As Team Leader you have full project responsibility. You will ensure a 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 three to four years depending on your previous relevant professional experience.
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.

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 RIve Reine retreat, auditors will have the chance to discuss face to face the latest group developments with the Group Executive Top Management. During the 3-4 years stay auditor 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 in a 360 degree assessment. 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 and its customers.


As you have seen, working in the Nestlé Audit Group 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:
  • have an excellent academic background in Business Administration, Economics or Engineering with relevant internship experience or alternatively 1-3 years professional experience in internal or external auditing
  • have gathered international experience prior to joining the audit group
  • are fluent in English and have sound knowledge of at least 2 other main languages
  • show a high level of curiosity
  • have an affinity for other cultures and genuinely enjoy working with people from different countries and backgrounds
  • are extremely flexible and mobile, adapt easily to different working conditions
  • enjoy travelling and living out of a suitcase for at least 36 weeks of the year and this for at least 3-4 years
  • enjoy working in a dynamic team
  • have an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong personality and excellent leadership qualities
  • are able to negotiate and communicate with tact and diplomacy
  • have proven to be a self-starter and be able of meeting deadlines under time pressure
  • possess excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • are prepared to test their personal and professional limits