Purchasing Placement at Cummins

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Stamford East Midlands
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£16,000 - £17,999
Accountancy Business Analytics Purchasing and Supply

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

• Learn basic Purchasing terminology including Legal, Contractual terms and the application of these in Supply Agreements.
• Undertake management of low value direct material supplier accounts.
• Work with Supply Managers to identify and support Purchasing Projects such as cost reduction projects, negotiation & delivery performance.
• Understand the cross functional relationship with other departments such as Materials, Engineering & Manufacturing and other Cummins Generator Technology (CGT) Plants to achieve cost, quality and delivery improvements.
• Understand the day to day function of the Purchasing Department and the key procedures and practices including legal and Corporate compliance initiatives.
• Monitor and assess supplier performance, supporting supplier audits and PPAP approval.
• Gaining an understanding of engineering drawings, specifications and approval processes.
• Provide support to the Plant Purchasing Manager in the production and delivery of management reports and presentations.
• Acquire knowledge on Alternators products, manufacturing processes and CGT global business areas.
• Participation in EEEC activity and Affinity Groups.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have highly enjoyed my placement year here at CGT Stamford.

I have gained mass product knowledge about the Stamford range, taken on several projects contributing to the purchasing objectives.

Understood the purchasing function in a manufacturing environment and understood the importance of the role on the company's Success.

Great kick start to my career as I have gained / developed valuable skills and would love to have the opportunity to come back as a graduate!


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I was treated like a valuable core member of the team.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was given support and guidance at all times when I needed support.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was busy most of the time as I was involved in several projects.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Cummins exceeded those expectations as I was able to become project leader for a number of projects and also carry out some sourcing manager roles.

The admin work I was required to do added value to the business as they prepared the ground works for projects and negotiations for Sourcing Managers.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Interpersonal skills.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Friendly and live.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement programme is well thought-out.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Project Management training course.

Supply Chain Academy Training.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I have been offered to come back based on my performance.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes, however social events were limited due to being based in Stamford.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Rent 100 p/w


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Okay... just what you'd expect from a posh little town!


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Company Football
Company Badminton
Annual Olympics event