Consumer Packaged Goods

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) are the common products consumers typically buy directly from retailers like food, clothes, household cleaning products, pet care items and over-the-counter medicines. 

Technology is changing the CPG field, allowing manufacturers to sell products directly to consumers, which previously was not a profitable option. Employers in this field are increasingly investing in business development, operations and automation, looking for people with data science, technology and analytics skills. 

Gaining experience

Seeking out alumni who work in an area of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get their advice. Conducting industry research to determine your target organizations and then reviewing postings on their websites is the best way to find opportunities for internships or full-time work. 

Large CPG companies typically have rotational programs, which allow new hires to experience a variety of roles within an organization. Many of these programs are two years in length, and culminate in a placement in a leadership or management role within a function in the company.

Hiring process and timeline

Because this field spans multiple types of organizations and roles, there is not a single hiring process or timeline. Many organizations typically hire close to the start date for the position. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly or speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into their specific recruiting cycles.

Princeton resources
Examples of job titles and roles
  • Accountant management/sales
  • Category management
  • Materials scientist
  • Supply chain management
  • Marketing
  • Sales support
  • Operations manager
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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