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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Process orders, contracts, maintain reports, project work, account management, day to day queries and providing financial support to ensure payments,

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I would describe this placement as fun and rewarding. I have particularly enjoyed the responsibilities, challenges, working environment and colleagues.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Extremely! I don't recall ever being referred to as a student. I felt valued by management due to their encouragement to get out of my comfort zones and take on jobs that a full time position would involve.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My role was assigned a full time colleague for support on day to day questions, Supervisor for weekly reports and project updates, and a manager to review my experiences along side university work.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Very busy. I don't think it's useful for any student to have too much free time. It may sound appealing when applying, but it's invaluable when teaching your self the importance of time management !


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Lots! My placement involved taking charge of many supplier contracts, taking equal charge in supplier review meetings, completing supplier audits, ensuring successful payments and reporting. The placement also gave me the opportunity to get involved in voluntary projects, one which involved a trip to France to visit the European manager and embark on UK wide research.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Priceless! Procurement industry training, Communication, IT skills, Analytical, Numerical, Professional conduct, Time management, Legal exposure, Financial exposure, Networking with other departments, Social- meeting different people through sports clubs etc, Teaching- 3 month student handover. Finally, due to completing this placement I will confidently take on the dreaded ''...can you tell a time when...'' in future interviews. As for my studies, it's rewarding to see all of my work in practice.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Open door policy, fun, plenty of laughter, hard working, professional...


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • No complaints ! Help was provided for everything. My department and HR took on board any comments too.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Industry standard training modules, monthly reviews to see where I was lacking, international exposure where necessary.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Car

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    Healthcare from home


    Travel loan


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Lubrizol do not provide graduate roles in the UK. Procurement is a very small department here, but I would say networking will pay off as the company focus on internal promotions which include many placement students returning. Management and HR will actively put my name forward and inform me of any job opportunity they see fit.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Very. fellow students soon became good friends, nights out, sport and social clubs allowed interaction with other departments.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cost of living in Derby is very reasonable. A budget of £280 will get you a comfortable house decorated to a high standard. Lubrizol also provide landlord contacts.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Derby has a good night life for a small city. We regularly visited Nottingham using a bus service at £6 return running 24 hours.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Sports and social club, Fun fair, and Christmas party.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

17th August 2015

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