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R&D Engineering Technical Development Associate (Management Development Associate) - Saint Joseph, MO 64502

Nestle Purina PetCare Company






For more than 80 years, we’ve led the charge in revolutionizing pet food production and its ability to enrich the lives of pets everywhere. By 1956, through innovative engineering, we literally reshaped pet care, introducing Dog Chow® as the first extruded dry food. We’re still at it today, with Tidy Cats®, the lightweight cat litter champion of the world and Pro Plan Bright Mind®, a breakthrough formula with enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in aging dogs. Such leadership requires constant innovation and renovation, which is so often rooted in engineering.


Joining Nestlé Purina as a R&D Engineering Technical Development Associate at the entry-level means joining our factory family to play a key role in managing the research projects behind the everyday innovation and renovation of our pet food products. You’ll experience information systems, quality assurance, supply chain, accounting and human resources, production, engineering management and operations performance to understand how each of these areas interact with the engineering work that you’ll do. Following your experiential learning, you’ll work closely with our Corporate R&D team in St. Louis, Missouri to focus on research projects and develop a deep understanding of the science behind our factory equipment and products.


Why engineering with us versus somewhere else? Taking the R&D engineering path through our Technical Development Program is a full-time, entry-level position that’s a fast track to technical understanding and leadership. You are the future leader of our business.



  • Process Engineering
  • Product Engineering
  • Equipment Standards
  • Operational Excellence
  • New Technology
  • Factory Support


  • Must be open to relocation to a Nestlé Purina location upon completion of program
  • B.S. in Engineering or expected to attain by December 2019


  • Prior co-op or practicum experience; manufacturing experience; student organization or other leadership experience


Note: This position does not provide sponsorship for employment status (e.g. H-1B visa status). You must have the legal right to work in the United States in order to qualify for one of these positions.



Davenport, IA; St. Joseph, MO


To our veterans and separated service members—you’re at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé Purina. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as adaptability, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you’ll consider sharing in our mission—you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé Purina home.



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