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Procurement Graduate

Our Cranfield facility, European Technical Centre (NTCE), serves as the head office for Nissan’s Research & Development operations in Europe. In Sunderland, our production facility (NMUK) is the home to iconic models such as Qashqai, Juke & Leaf and the recently announced EV36Euro Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub.

The subject of the degree you are doing is not as important as the type of person you are. If you think you have the skills to make an impression, we want to hear from you. One thing’s for sure though, you’ll develop quickly, because the pace here is fast to say the least! You will have several projects on the go, at any one time. 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, supplier visits and continual liaison with both internal and external departments.

Key benefits: Competitive salary starting from £33,904, Company pension programme, Company share scheme, Car ownership scheme, Fitness centre, Paid overtime. Private healthcare, Sports and leisure complex, 26 days annual leave + bank holidays, Travel opportunities (dependent on role)

Salary starting from £33,904
39 hours per week
Nissan Cranfield
Date Listed
21 November 2023
22 January 2024
2 year fixed term contract


Purchasing 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. Throughout your role, you will learn about the vast variety of functions within Purchasing and will be allocated your own area of responsibility from the following: Line Parts, Facilities & Site Services, Aftersales, Vendor Tooling, Purchase Project Management, Strategy Planning & Control, Supplier Quality Development and Total Delivered Cost

What you’ll need

  • Must have or expect to achieve a 2.1 in a relevant degree.

  • You must have permission to live and work in the UK without restriction at the time of hire.

  • Strong analytical skills and a data-driven thinker

  • A creative, forward thinker with excellent communication and team working skills.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication.

  • Good team worker / flexible working approach with ability to self-motivate.

  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced organisation.

  • Efficient time management & organisation skills

  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office applications

  • Knowledge of a foreign language may be an advantage.

  • Geographically mobile

What you’ll be doing

he successful candidate will be sufficiently flexible to assume responsibility for any aspects of the following:

  • Sourcing for all new models across Nissan Europe

  • Daily communication with suppliers, internal departments, external departments, and global entities

  • Cost management of parts with both suppliers and internal departments

  • Project management activities for new European projects

  • Internal Reporting of key cost information on a monthly basis

  • Supplier visits where possible.

Please note we have positions available in both our NMUK Sunderland and NTCE Cranfield sites. Please specify if you have a preferred location when applying.

All of us at Nissan – regardless of functional area or expertise – share a passion to design, manufacture and sell high-performance, fun to drive vehicles.

Nissan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly believe in and promote Diversity and Inclusion and will be thrilled to welcome diverse candidates from various backgrounds to join our Team of professionals. Applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, gender, military status, disability, or any other status protected by law.

Benefits at a glance...

Salary starts from £33,904 rising every 6 months
Company pension programme
Company share scheme
Car ownership scheme
Fitness centre
Paid overtime and time in lieu
Private healthcare
26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays
Free on-site parking

Application process

Once you have decided which department you would like to apply for, 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 will 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
Assessment centre
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 2nd 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 job offer from us. Once you have accepted you will receive a medical questionnaire to complete online and 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
Email communication
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!

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