Material Planner at Cummins

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Darlington North East
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£18,000 - £19,999
Purchasing and Supply

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Inventory management - supply and demand

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

Great workplace environment, meaningful work and a steep learning curve


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

Everyone on site is approachable and will help you out or even come to you for help, can't stress enough how good the environment here is


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

Given a lot of support but also feel like my managers had a lot of faith in me - if I were to make a mistake or miss something it would have a real impact on the business but they let me work through the issues so I could learn but were still there to support when I asked


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was always very busy but no one expects you to stay beyond normal working hours and if I was getting overwhelmed the rest of my team were always happy to help me out.

Even after finishing my core tasks each day there was an endless list of things I could be doing


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

A lot of responsibility. I had my own suppliers so if they had any issues/delays/were unable to support our orders I would need to find a solution to keep the line running. I was treated the same as planners who have been at the company for 15+ years with the (although I am sure they had a lot more on their desks and more difficult parts to deal with)


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

It's given me a huge boost in confidence and shown me how relevant people managing skills, organisation and having a proactive approach are


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Great atmosphere, Cummins is like a big family. Very welcoming and people really want to share their knowledge and help you out


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

Jumped straight in and as I became more confident and competent in what I was doing I was given more and more so my workload has felt fairly consistent as I have become more efficient with the work I am doing


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

If you show you are keen and capable Cummins will invest and give you as many opportunities as possible on different courses and having taster days in different departments


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday

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

I have a zero hours contract going through uni and will hopefully have a job following on from that when I have finished uni



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

Great social scene, there are about 25 placement students at DEP so always a night out/day out planned


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

Darlington is a very affordable area to live


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

Interesting nightlife... lots of pubs and a couple of clubs


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

EEEC which is Cummins global volunteering initiative and a load of other projects/events for charity and the local community


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