Position title
Purchasing sandwich placement

This business has a great record of hosting placement students over the last 6  years, many of them are now in successful careers partly due to the experience they had.

The business is global, but has a strong local presence in the west-Midlands. They manufacture items related to the healthcare industry, and help to improve the quality of life of disabled and elderly people.

The items have a huge number of raw material components that go together to make them, so the purchasing department is very important- without those items nothing can be produced.

The last 2 years has been very challenging in the purchasing industry: lockdowns have meant that some suppliers have not been able to produce items. And delays (and increased costs) in shipping have created another challenge. As a result, some manufacturers have stopped production. But not this business, the buying team (including a placement student) rose to the challenge, and all was able to continue.

As a placement student you will be a key member of the team, providing assistance and support to the purchasing team, which conducts centralised sourcing activities for all strategic business units  within the group. The team identifies potential suppliers of raw materials, assesses the quality of service and cost, and makes a decision on which to use.

You will be learning all sorts of things related to the buying / purchasing / procurement industry. For example:

Collecting and analysing data on suppliers and raw material pricing /cost modelling / sending requests for information and quotes to suppliers, and preparing results for the Buyers decision / participating in contract supplier negotiations / supporting buyers in the procurement function and general administration. There will also be projects that you can get involved in.

A bit about you…

You will currently be studying for a degree level qualification in a Business Studies, or Supply-Chain related degree (preferably with Purchasing/Buying modules). Great attention to detail is crucial.

The ability to analyse data is important, and you should have very good Excel skills.

You will be speaking with people, organising things, and working to deadlines- and in time negotiating with suppliers, so a degree of confidence and determination is required.

Location is near to Dudley. August start date, for 12 months.

Duration of employment
12 months
Job Location
Base Salary
Date posted
May 4, 2022
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Position: Purchasing sandwich placement

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