purchasing at Cummins

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
darlington North East
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Purchasing and Supply

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5.0/10

The Role
5.0
Organisation
5.0

Socialising

5.0

The Role

Role Description

purchasing placement student

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

i was able to ask colleagues how they got into their profession – they appreciated my interest, and their tips were very useful later down the line! i could also ask questions about the organization and what they expect from employees, just in case i wanted to go back there (or a vacancy opens up) at a later date.

i Kept a record of what i have worked on and who i have worked with. For instance, my placement was in purchasing so i had the experience to sit in a negotiation meeting, with direct suppliers. i was able o interact with t he suppliers and give my point of view on things.

5/10

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

i received verbal praises for time to time when one thought that i was doing a good job.
i was also invited to more significant meetings where i could learn more about the job and show my skills.
i also received gifts and appraisals at the end for doing a good job within my department.

5/10

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

i was able to attend numerous training sessions organized by the firm , in order to fill any Gap in the employees struggles daily.

i was also trained for the first 2 to 3 months of my placement in order to get used to each systems

my colleagues gave me continues support when needed throughout the year as well.

5/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

i was assigned task that i needed to complete weekly.
i was also supporting sourcing managers in their daily sourcing tasks.
i had to chance to attend supplier meetings where i was able to give my input in the company.
also participated in numerous charity events raising awareness for different causes.

5/10

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

Typical purchasing assistant duties are wide ranging. The job revolves around helping clients with their immediate needs such as send a receive quote, create cost effective projects , maintaining good relationship with suppliers, as well as helping them with basic day-to-day or administrative tasks like sending invoices to them to make the correct payments.

5/10

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

in this purchasing Placements , i was able to have the opportunity to gain specific skills to my subject or industry of choice as well as the employability skills required for real-life work. It also increased my knowledge of an industry or sector, allowing me to make better informed decisions about future career choices.

5/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

good atmosphere with open space office that gives the opportunity to communicate with all colleagues when needed

5/10

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

the year was well planned. had an initial training session that lasted for the first 3 months then a section task with deadline and target set.

5/10

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

i had the opportunity to get into many training sessions. it could be system trainings and even future career development trainings.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
5/10

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

not really as the company has not set any budget for graduate within the purchasing department.

5/10

Social

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

yes , we could organize social event within ourselves as well as run all the charity events that we organized

5/10

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

fairly cheap. Darlington is a little town so it was cheaper that some other cities.

5/10

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

yes good, fair amount of pubs in town. could fine a different variety of bars and pubs for the needs of many types of people

5/10

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

quite frequent ,yes during charity events and organized socials within departments.

5/10

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