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What FMCG Sector Had For Graduates In 2017?

Being aware of about the purpose and values of the company as a part of preparation will help in building a strong correlation and bonding even before you apply

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While aspirants put in a lot of effort and attention on modifying their resume before they begin their job search, they seldom seek to find out the about purpose, values and culture about the organization. Being aware of about the purpose and values of the company as a part of preparation will help in building a strong correlation and bonding even before you apply.

Let me explain with our example.

Nestlé India is 105-year old with the heart of a millennial, we are rooted in our values while keenly adapting to changes around us. So, a very simple answer to the question would be that not just today, but year after year, our endeavor is to be attractive to motivated, sincere and driven talent.

What’s more, we are in the midst of some very exciting times. Since the re-launch of MAGGI, our outlook on delighting consumers has progressed at an accelerated pace and we have committed ourselves to diversify and focus our energies across categories. It’s no wonder for us that in 2016 alone, we released 35 new products and 58 new variants!

So, what does that mean from a talent perspective? 

First, we want people who are constantly on the lookout for newer challenges. Our ambition is to become more fast, focused and flexible as an organization and to do that, we launched our Cultural Intervention – Rise2Gether. As part of this, we ran a company-wide survey to understand the current culture, we then had in depth interviews with our Management Committee to understand the desired culture and then we identified 4 work streams that would help us bridge the gap between the two –Learning, Purpose, Caring and Order. Cross functional teams were tasked on each of these areas and Management Committee sponsors were assigned to different teams to guide them in finalizing the actions. We have some results from this and hope that continued interventions on this front will help us invigorate our system and favorably impact our ways of working.

Second, in an FMCG company like ours that has operations across the country and the globe, we also want people who are looking for a width of experience, as we provide all experiences across different set ups like manufacturing, sales branches and working at the corporate office. Width of experience also entails early responsibilities and taking strategic decisions very early on in your career around brands, sales management and people development initiatives. You will be able to make the best out of your time in the company if you are willing to experience the diversity the company has to offer and contribute by fast tracking your learning in the early years. The diversity also comes from the fact that we have 6 Business Units (Foods, Dairy, Beverages and Chocolates & Confectionery, Nutrition and Nestle Professional). That brings me to my fourth point, the minute we start something new, there is also more ambiguity that creeps into the system and so it is ideal that we have people who are comfortable working with ambiguity. The good thing is that when big established companies venture into something new, it suddenly has an environment that mimics a start-up but all this on the bed rock of an established and secure environment that an organization like Nestlé provides companies

Finally, we are also keen to have people who challenge the status quo and ask questions this is not something we are just saying, but it is a reality. When our consumer base is largely the millennial population or those at the cusp of the Gen X and millennial, we definitely need to reflect their attitude in the company as well. If the millennials are looking to purchase products from companies that are more socially responsible or buy healthier eating and drinking options or pay extra for quality or convenience or seek variety, we need employees who see consumer delight at the center of everything and are focused towards bettering our offerings and come up with innovative solutions for it .

All of these though, are traits that stem from more basic ones. So, if you’re passionate, sincere and driven, then don’t let anything stop you, apply and be part of this competitive, chaotic and fantastic industry which continues to surprise me even after 17 years in the space.

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Amit Narain

The author is the ‎Head of Human Resources, ‎Nestle.

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