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Philips Procurement Placement in Guildford, United Kingdom


In this role, you have the opportunity to

Join the Procurement team as part of your 12 month industrial placement programme. You'll find yourself part of a global team of like-minded procurement managers and buyers, who all share a passion for creating value through innovation. You'll make a difference in new and surprising ways every day, developing and growing both your function and your capabilities as you help change the world.

You'll be actively encouraged to exercise your creativity and powers of innovation and to independently develop your entrepreneurial skills. Your input to strategic sourcing and end-to-end (E2E) transactional activities will make a true difference to our bottom line. This could be via managing the price of goods / services, the total cost of ownership and also the quality / risks associated. The Procurement team manages supplier relationships, target metrics and much more to ensure we are getting the best price, quality, and level of risk for any products / services required by Philips.

You are responsible for

  • 3rd party catalogue management & developmentEnsure pricing and products are up to date and in line with our agreed ratesSupport negotiations with 3rd part suppliersIdentify opportunities for cost savings through analysis of spend data and knowledge of supply baseManage approved supplier listContract management

  • Ensure compliance to Philips policies

  • Collection of requirements from different teams

  • Analyse current One off product purchases process and make it leaner

  • Guidance and support to internal stakeholders on P2P processes and other procurement policies

  • Tender support

  • Purchase order approvals for low value items

  • Supporting procurement specialists and running your own one-off project

  • Chairing team meetings

  • Presenting to leadership teams

  • Project ownership

At Philips, we incorporate ownership and innovation into everything we do. Within your role you will get the chance to run your own projects, create/manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders and be given the freedom to explore your own ideas on how to improve our business.

You are a part of

a team of 9, including graduates, procurements specialists and procurement managers. You will report into the Head of Procurement for the UK& Ireland. You will regularly collaborate with a variety of stakeholders from areas including marketing, finance, HR, sales, supply chain and will have the opportunity to build relationships with people all over the world.

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

  • You must be in your penultimate year of study towards a business-related degree e.g. Business Management, Economics or equivalent

  • Good proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite particularly in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Fluency in English

  • A high level of responsibility

  • Ability to work effectively when working in a team environment as well as being able to deliver good individual results.

  • You are naturally curious, independent and want to work in a dynamic environment where you can interact with many people in the UK and abroad.

  • You are eager to learn and develop your skills

  • Fast paced

In return, we offer you

A challenging, innovative environment with great opportunities for you to explore. You will in a supportive environment where your development is a priority. You will be compensated with a competitive salary and benefits including 25 days of paid holiday plus bank holidays pro rata.

You will have the option to undergo the same training programme all of our graduates participate in, giving you a great sense of community and a head-start for post-graduation. What you put into this role, you will get out!!

We also believe that we are at our best as a company when you are at yours as a person. Thus, we offer competitive health benefits, a flexible work schedule and access to local well-being focused activities. Furthermore, Philips University is available to all employees for learning and development opportunities.

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 . Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways.

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. Once there, you can also learn about our recruitment process , or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions .

Application Process;

Please apply with an updated, detailed version of your CV including your university start and end dates, as well as a cover letter which should outline your motivation and confirm your availability from mid August 2020 for 12 months. The recruitment process will include an application screen, telephone interview with a recruiter and then an assessment centre which will be held on 12th February 2020.

Recruitment agencies : we are fortunate enough to receive lots of fantastic applications for our brand, however when we use agencies we have a PSL in place so please do not contact hiring managers or the recruitment team directly. Unfortunately we are not able to respond to you and cannot accept speculative CV’s as way of introduction.