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How Nestlé, Is Reskilling Its Workforce

Nestle reskilling the workforce

In order to modernize its brands and business operations and develop new, digital business models, Nestlé had to figure out how to convince top IT talent to come and work for a 154-year-old company that sells everything from baby food to bottled water.

Nestlé, which is headquartered in Switzerland, decided to place a global IT hub in Barcelona, a seaside city with a vibrant nightlife that is considered one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers.  The company tried to create the same vibe as Google’s Silicon Valley campus when designing the office complex and started building teams in mobile, consumer data, media tech and marketing tech.

That was only the start. Adding new digital skills and more closely aligning its IT departments with its business operations required the company to adapt its hiring processes, training policies and its mindset.

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.