• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • My day can include: - following the tender process with several different services - running spend reports and crunching those numbers to understand spend, to look for opportunities to save money - assisting business users with procurement- related problems - looking for, interacting with and onboarding new suppliers or bidders for our tenders - playing a key role in the NDA creation process for new suppliers


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Yes-many new skills! I was introduced to SAP and SRM, and can now help others navigate it too. My Microsoft excel skills have improved, along with general Microsoft Outlook and Teams knowledge. I've learnt how to break down large chunks of data for analysis. From a procurement POV- I've learnt how to run a full tender and how to manage many different suppliers, as well as understanding different documents like invitations to tender.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes- I play a key role in the creation of NDAs. I source new suppliers for business users. I am currently writing the specification to create a software to track some procurement projects. When I get assigned tasks, I am left to get on with them, but can always speak to my manager for guidance if needed. I am exposed to many different meaningful projects.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • The support is fantastic. My line manager and the wider team support me with my daily tasks should I need it- I never feel unsupported. Everyone else in the business is happy to support me too, I just need to email/call/ visit their desk. My line manager had been a huge support to me not only with work topics, but with my professional and university studies.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • A very supportive culture- great for placement students! Due to covid restrictions (especially in the first half of my placement with lockdowns), company events were kept to a minimum- there would have been a Christmas party and a department evening but had to be cancelled (covid). Our business is supportive of charities and causes eg Melksham town football club and organizing donations for Ukrainian Refugees.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I have really enjoyed my placement. Not only have I now got a fantastic experience for my CV, but I've chosen procurement/purchasing as a career path- before I had my placement I had no clue as to what I'd do. My placement gave me the knowledge and confidence to take and pass CIPS (Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply) professional exams. I really enjoy working with my manager and the team.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd.
  • 3/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd. to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd.
  • Do it! You are (at least in my case) interviewed by a student and a full time staff member. Read the job description before submitting your CV and cover letter to be sure they are relevant to what you're apply for, and don't be afraid to ask questions. A great example question could be taking an event from the news, and seeing if and how it's impacted procurement here at KB.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Purchasing and Supply

South West

March 2022

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