Purchasing Assisstant at Prysmian Group

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Eastleigh South East
Review Date
£14,000 - £15,999
Banking/Finance Business Analytics Business Intelligence Business Management

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Managing the purchasing process including the B2B system, user training & liaising with suppliers regarding potential opportunities.
Increasing internal customer satisfaction by supporting and improving the efficiencies of the procurement cycle.
Managing the Prysmian supplier evaluation database and new supplier approval process.
Raising purchase orders for goods and services for all areas of the business.
Supporting the Purchasing team in a range of current and future projects as required.
Negotiating contracts and setting up pricing agreements on SAP.
Assisting colleagues in general SAP and B2B enquiries.
Resolving quantity and price discrepancies.
Communicating contract renewals and terminations, and support our ‘internal contract timetable database’.
Assisting with preparation of presentations for monthly Management meetings.
Helping to source, contact and negotiate with new suppliers.
Updating purchase prices within SAP.
Assisting the Purchasing and Engineering teams with quotation requests for projects.
Driving the Unitary Price Monitoring (UPM) process on a monthly basis.
Updating monthly category spend, contract log and non-raw material purchase order report in order to understand progress towards savings target.
Assisting outsourced accounts department to resolve invoice discrepancies.
Managing the foreign currency hedging process related to non GBP spend.
Assisting with the administration of company travel and expenses.
Updating standard costs on a monthly basis within SAP.

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

I enjoyed my placement year to a large extent. The office was friendly and enjoyable, and the work was rewarding. At times it was challenging and the pressure was vast, but it is these necessary experiences which are vital for my future career. Being involved in some key projects and understanding procurement as a career, has helped shape my future ambitions.


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

I felt as though I was valued by my colleagues. Often colleagues would inform me of my good work and say thank you for completing tasks for them. By the end of the year I was able to help lots of colleagues with questions which increases the extent to which I felt valued by my colleagues.


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

At first, I had a temporary manager. As the Director of the team he was often busy, but did make time for me. Once I had a permanent manager who was dedicated to leading my specific area, the support and guidance I received was excellent and I will always be grateful for that


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was often extremely busy, but at a very good level. The work was not as constant as some other colleagues in the team, but if I wasn't receiving any emails, I'd had projects to be working on. The monthly routine of the department saw some key days of the month especially busy.


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

During my year in industry, I was able to take on a lot more responsibility. Certain vacancies in the team saw me have the opportunity to step up and assist in many different projects. This has been great and been one of the best things about my placement year, I didn't feel as if I was there to make coffees, I was a key and integral part of the team.


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

Some of the attributes of the work life that have assisted me in my final year, is the want for a routine. My attendance has improved and I am often up early. The skills I learned will assist me more in my future career as following a career in procurement is something I would like to do.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The general atmosphere in my office was professional but also relaxed. Everyone was very friendly and it was a really enjoyable place to work. This made it much easier to settle in and also for me to learn the system. It helped me feel less nervous to ask question also.


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

Due to the team being quite stretched, I think the placement was not as structured as maybe it was for other placement students. However, this was better for me as it has allowed me to have a more realistic approach for when I start working, so for me, this wasn't a problem.


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

I was provided with extended training for the role. Standard handover period is 2 weeks, whereas I was provided with 6. This is something i also reciprocated at the end for my replacement. Giving me the opportunity to travel to other sites pushed my development and allowed me the opportunity to understanding various


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time

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

Certain aspects of the future seem like they could be good options for a career. The graduate scheme looks like an amazing opportunity to develop, and work abroad for 2 years in a country of your choice. Domestically, there is also good opportunities for careers, but the main aspect is the graduate scheme.



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

All of the placement students got along very well and would sit together during lunch breaks. Everyone was busy so there wasn't too many nights out afterwards but generally speaking everybody got on very well, and when we did meet outside of work hours, it was a great laugh.


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

The cost of living where I worked was not too expensive, but earning the wage I did and having to relocate made it hard financially. Visiting friends at University and home for 2 of the 4 weeks meant I didn't have a lot of extra cash. However, I did manage to mix seeing my friends and working on the wage so it can be done


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

The actual town where the office was located wasn't great. But we were advised to live in Southampton where the night life is great. There is lots of good events, and lots of pubs and bars all within walking distance from my house. Overall there was a great nightlife where I lived, but not where the office was.


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

From my experience I would say there wasn't too much out of office hours activities, especially within the team. Regarding the other placement students, 5 - a -side football was organised once or twice but due to our schedules it didn't continue. There may have been other activities occurring but none to my knowledge