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Philips Internship: Procurement Negotiation Excellence (Suitable for Thesis) in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Start date: January/ February 2020

Duration: 6 months

In this role, you have the opportunity to

Experience how Game Theory and Mechanism Design are applied in practice in procurement within Royal PHILIPS, an innovation leader in Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle.

You are responsible for

The development of negotiation trainings and support in the continuous improvement of existing training material. You will also be supporting the team during the preparation and execution of high impact negotiations in cooperation with Procurement Commodity Managers and Procurement Engineers.

You are a part of

A small team of negotiation experts within Royal Philips Procurement set up to globally support Commodity Managers in high impact negotiations of running business and the process of awarding new business to suppliers. The team's responsibilities include the identification of projects, their preparation and execution. Part of the preparation is to tailor the optimal awarding mechanism design based on Game Theory and Auction Theory.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • Currently studying towards your Bachelor’s or Master’s in Economics, Business Mathematics, Business Administration, Industrial Engineering, Math or related studies

  • Knowledge in and enthusiasm for Microeconomics, including Game Theory and Mechanism Design

  • Independent and organized way of working

  • Analytical and abstract thinking

  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and Data Analysis

  • Fluent in oral and written English

  • Willingness to travel occasionally to Eindhoven and Drachten

In return, we offer you

  • First-hand insights into supplier selection

  • Experience on how to systematically apply theoretical knowledge to business practice

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum . To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog . Once there, you can also learn about our recruitment process , or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions .


Please note that in order to be considered for an internship, you need to be registered as a student during the entire internship period. Formal documentation of which may be requested at any time. Students from outside the EU need to fill in an NUFFIC agreement, which needs to be signed by the student and the university. Please note that the contents of our regular internship assignments are not suitable for professionals (and/or MBA students) with professional work experience.