Mondelez International: Jessica Harvey - Careers case study
Jessica Harvey is a Procurement Innovation Manager for Global Chocolate at Mondelez International
- Jessica Harvey is a Procurement Innovation Manager for Global Chocolate. It's a
role she absolutely loves, but she actually fell into it by chance due to the
lack of careers advice available at her school
- Jessica is an Engineering Ambassador for STEMnet, visiting schools to share her
career experiences with pupils, whilst promoting the food and drink
- Jessica says there is a real gap in people with the right skills applying for
jobs in the food and drink manufacturing industry, so consequently there are
more roles available compared to other career paths!
She said: “After completing the three-year Engineering graduate programme with
Mondelez International, I became the Procurement Innovation Manager for the
Chocolate category in July 2013. I act as a business partner to the R&D
identifying the correct suppliers we need to work with to best fit our business
and technical needs.
“It's a role that I absolutely love – I get to work with lots of
people from all aspects of the business. A huge part of my role is about
connecting people together to work on new ideas, products and ways of working
the collective business continues to innovate and grow. I really enjoy working
on our innovation projects, being able to help shape the development of our new
products and seeing the end results in the shops – and testing our new
is always fun!
“Enjoying my job is one of the reasons why I work with STEMnet as an
Engineering Ambassador. I visit schools in the local area and share my career
experiences, whilst promoting the food and drink manufacturing industry. I
visible examples really helps to show the possibilities that are available.
something I wished we had had more of at school, as at that age I hadn't been
aware of the possibilities that existed in industry.
“I've been lucky enough to fall into a career that I really love, as the
careers guidance I received at school didn't' really give us specific advice on
different industries or practical examples of STEM careers. It would have been
great to have had more exposure to STEM careers; it's something I'm keen to
promote with STEMnet.
“I think there's a real misconception that the industry is a
male-dominated one, but from my perspective R&D is very balanced and we
of female engineers and scientists in the business. But we need more role
There's a real shortage of people with the right skills applying for jobs in
food and drink manufacturing industry, which means there are always roles
available for good people.“
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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014