Procurement is a key function within any automotive manufacturer. After all, when you consider that 80% of the car value is from externally sourced components, you can understand how important your role within purchasing will be. On our Procurement Placements, you will learn about the vast variety of functions within Procurement and will be allocated your own area of responsibility from the following:
- Line Parts
- Facilities and Site Services
- Vendor Tooling
- Purchase Project Management
- Purchase Planning and Co-ordination
- Supplier Quality Development
- Total Delivered Cost
You will have several projects on the go, at any one time on our Procurement Placements. Don’t worry you will not be alone – you’ll have an experienced mentor from day one who will support you to succeed. You’ll be involved in data and cost analysis for future activities, potential supplier visits and continual liaison with both internal and external departments. It’s also key to note that many students on our Procurement Placements return to our Graduate Trainee Scheme so see this as the possibility of opening a door to an excellent career.
Paid overtime and time in lieu
Free on-site parking
26 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Travel opportunities (dependent on role)
Working hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-1:20pm
- Are able to partake in a 13-month placement as part of your course
- Excellent communication and team working skills
- Ability to present data in a clear and structured manner
- Energetic, flexible and committed to supporting the team in achieving tight deadlines
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Challenging and flexible mind set
- Proactive nature; able to work independently and as part of a team
- Articulate and ability to influence beyond authority
The successful candidate will be sufficiently flexible to assume responsibility for any aspects of the following:
- Report coordination within your specified section
- Support for sourcing activities across Nissan Europe new models
- Daily communication with suppliers (including potential visits)
- Supporting cost reduction activities
- Contributing to project management activities
You will need to complete a short online application form through clicking apply on the job page. You will need to upload a CV and answer some questions confirming your suitability for the role. Your application should be concise but showcase your relevant skills and experience. Don’t forget to research us in more detail to enhance your online application.
Pre-recorded video interview
Following the values based assessment, you will be invited to answer a few questions through our Cloud-based video interviewing partners, Shine. Don’t be alarmed by this, it is a very quick and easy process which helps us make the right decision, saving both ourselves and you time. You will be required to answer some questions set by the hiring manager. The first question will be a practice, so you will have plenty of time to prepare before you answer the real questions. Make sure you are in a quiet room with plenty of lighting and appropriate interview attire.
If your initial application is successful, we will then invite you to an assessment centre either on-site at Nissan Cranfield or at a neighbouring venue. During the assessment there are various activities where we will be able to learn more about you and how you deal with different scenarios. Either on the day or a week later, you may be asked to deliver a short presentation and prepare for a competency based interview. Your interview will be with a select panel from our recruitment team. During the interview we will give you a chance to really showcase what you can do and understand your motivations for the job. At the end of the interview you will get the chance to ask us any questions that you may have too. We understand that this stage can be daunting but it is a great way for you to meet other candidates and Nissan Cranfield employees. We all know how you’re feeling but try to relax and enjoy yourself!
Sometimes you will be asked back for a second interview, this will be dependent on department and is normally an informal interview to discuss your specific organisational fit. Throughout all of this stage, we want you to feel as relaxed as possible. We know that interviews can be nerve-wracking but just be yourself and try not to worry about getting anything wrong.
Job offer and medical
Well done, you’ve got the job! You will now receive a conditional job offer from us. Once you have accepted we will invite you to a half hour medical, which is mandatory for all new starters. A contract will then be sent to you in the post, which you will need to sign and send back to us. Now the pressure is off, you’ve done it! Try relax and give yourself time to prepare for your new adventure. Please note – at this stage, you will be required to bring proof of your right to live and work in the UK to your medical.
We will keep you up-to-date with your application via email. Of course, we try to progress applications as quickly as we can but we have lots of graduates applying so don’t panic if you haven’t heard from us straight away!