Supply Chain Spring Intern at L'Oreal

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Manchester North West
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Logistics and Operations

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Role Description

Worked within the Trafford Park Distribution Centre and Hammersmith Head Office in London to gain an invaluable experience into Flow Operations, Order Preparations, Logistics, Supply Chain and Subcontracting with a detailed insight into Warehouse Operations in the UK's Largest Distribution Centre for L'Oreal with an expanding sector for E-Commerce. Spotlights of experience into smaller areas included Marketing, Commerce, Personal Branding and Finance with an additional task of Project 'Bing' - a project assigned to me on developments which could be made around the Supply Chain or Office as well as an assessment centre in Hammersmith to showcase our hard-work and what we learned during the week.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Really got an in-depth insight into all departments within Operations and got the ability to incorporate the knowledge I learned at university in a real business situation. Being the only intern gave me a better insight and more detailed knowledge into each area of the supply chain and Logistics.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Very welcoming feel, adapted well to the business within a short amount of time. I felt happy to be included in all areas, all my ideas were accepted and views on how to improve their business from a pair of eyes outside of the business were valued


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

A lot of guidance was given! I was supported by a lot of members of staff from around the business and if there was any questions, they were answered on the spot or they would investigate further for me. Throughout the first few days, more guidance was need to to be in a new environment but all was provided more than adequately.


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

The skills I learned during this week will help me see business from a different perspective. To see business from a reality perspective and also to use those skills to further enhance my business analysis, observation and decision. Knowledge in operations will help me do better in Management Accounting for example.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Structure was done well, it was the first year they did this at Trafford Park and I found it to be a success. Further structure could be added as one of the conference calls were disconnected but as it was offsite, it was difficult to manage.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Welcome, encouraging and more than pleasing! It was amazing to network with other interns as well as members of staff. The atmosphere was clean, there was a true focus on sustainability, ethics and safety. The flexibility of work and the team dynamic was very good and I adapted quickly.


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

Got a true insight into the every department, a lot of the information was provided and a very detailed experience. They invested me with a lot of information and experiences.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I had more insights into some areas than others and so I got useful insights into most areas as to what a full time role would be like including the challenges and strengths in each role.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Gave me a direct insight into the business and their culture, experienced rather than just told and the environment is very nice and welcoming.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Very useful, I found that operations and supply chain was really good and that I would consider it highly as a role in the future


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

Travel was reimbursed, hotel and trains were booked for me to go to London for the Assessment Centre.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes, lots of friendly staff willing to keep in contact and share their experiences. Always valuable to network with others and contact with them in the future, all were more than happy to help and support me in the future.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

No direct opportunities but the staff were always willing to connect if you asked to do so


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, socials are common in the London office but less so on the Manchester DC centre.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely, the most insightful internship ive had so far. A very full on experience but a lot to learn in one week.