Supply Chain Management placement
This scheme is designed for highly numerate undergraduates who have completed their second year at university.
If you have excellent analytical and interpersonal skills, this is the ideal opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a supply chain environment and exposure to the industry as a whole.
Working across a range of supply chain activities, your 12-month placement will give you a great head start as you go into your final year at university and prepare for your future career.
What does it involve?
Our Supply Chain function is responsible for the procurement of goods and services across the NATS business, managing supplier relationships, driving efficiency through the purchase to pay process and developing best practice. It also includes Asset Management, which is responsible for optimising the way we manage our assets, considering current and future asset repair, replacement and development.
Within your role, you’ll be assigned to a number of placements across the different supply chain teams, providing you with invaluable exposure to a wide range of areas. You’ll be given the opportunity to work across a variety of projects, both individually and as part of a team, ensuring that you become a valuable member of the Supply Chain department.
From the start, you’ll be expected to perform robust analysis, meet deadlines and take responsibility for conducting many departmental key tasks.
Training & development
As a self-motivated student, you’ll be encouraged to get as much out of the year as possible by developing analytical skills, using a range of IT packages and undertaking research. You’ll also write reports and present the results of your work to stakeholders and colleagues.
You will receive on-the-job training in specific work areas, giving context to your tasks and allowing you to learn how supply chain techniques are used in practice. Most of the team are CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) qualified and all have significant experience in supply chain and procurement, so there are always plenty of people for you to learn from.
Where might it lead?
The sandwich year, alongside your degree qualification, will help prepare you to begin a supply chain role in industry. We have a number of NATS IPs who have successfully obtained post graduate roles with us.
As well as building market and business knowledge, a role in supply chain equips you with key skills in negotiation and contracting as well as stakeholder management, project management and change management.
These skills are extremely transferrable and sought after, so a supply chain role can lead to many opportunities within a business.
NATS has a very team-oriented culture which thrives on everyone working together and supporting each other. That’s why we work in open plan offices to allow easy interaction, which in turn creates a more relaxed environment. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and always happy to help.
Who can apply?
This structured scheme is open to anyone studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a business-related discipline. We look for excellent interpersonal and IT skills, an analytical background, attention to detail, drive and commitment. It goes without saying that you should have an interest in supply chain either within or outside of your studies.
Our medical branch will test you for your general health. You will also be security cleared.
How to apply
Although applications for the scheme open in October and close in mid-January, we encourage you to apply as early as possible, as places are limited.
We’ll select you for the next stage on the basis of your initial online application, so please do take the time to sell yourself and answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre in December or February.
Assessment centre structure
You’ll start with a welcome meeting with our graduate coordinator, graduates and placement students, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get the inside track on what it’s like to work here.
The rest of the day consists of group exercises to assess your team-working skills, a competency and knowledge-based interview, as well as a presentation to senior managers.
If you’re successful, you’ll receive your offer by early March before starting in July.
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