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Ford - Graduate Scheme | Purchasing


Job Role: Purchasing

Company Info:

Are you interested in a real job with real responsibility from day one? To work within a diverse working environment where people are respected? To develop your talent in a global business so that you have the opportunity to become one of our future leaders? If yes, then welcome to Ford

Job Description:


Ford needs exceptional Graduates to join their Purchasing organisation. Every year, European Purchasing procures goods and services to the value of around $20 billion. The buyers work together to develop an optimised, world-class, competitive supply base to support the on-going business needs of Ford Motor Company. Successful candidates will find themselves working in a dynamic environment with their business decisions making a direct impact on the profitability of Ford of Europe.

Graduate Purchasing Programme:

As well as dealing with external suppliers you will operate as part of a cross functional team working with colleagues from Manufacturing, Finance and Product Development to develop and implement business strategies for each of the commodities.

Graduates will join our team of Buyers, in either a ‘Commodity’ or ‘Programme’ purchasing environment: -

Commodity buyers are responsible for a group of commodities, across all our European plants. Every day will be different but often involves analysing quotations and negotiating costs and terms with both current and prospective suppliers, ensuring the lowest total cost whilst improving quality and delivering on time.

Programme buyers are responsible for working on launch of new engine products that are often global programmes ensuring that new parts have been sourced and on time and will be delivered within the programme cost targets. The role involves liaising with commodity buyers and the cross functional programme team and reporting to senior management regularly.

As a graduate you will be placed into a real role with real responsibilities from day one. You will have the opportunity to be part of a truly global team, with many future opportunities to help you build on the knowledge and skills gained during your degree at University.

The majority of travel by the group is European and you may also have the opportunity to travel to locations such as India, China & South America.

As a Graduate Buyer with Ford Europe, you’ll...

Study ways to capture emerging market opportunities

Select manufacturing strategies, work with world-class suppliers and determine ways to develop new technology

Shape Ford's make / buy decisions

Negotiate and supply agreements

Respond to market technology and design changes

Launch new products on a global scale

Evaluate current and prospective suppliers in Europe and around the globe.

Who we’re looking for:

To be part of our future, you will need:

A minimum 2:2 degree

The ability to work in a team environment

Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills

Strong negotiating and inter-personal skills

Good project management skills

Confidence and self-motivation

Ability to travel on a Global basis.

Join part of the team that won International Engine of the Year for 2 years in succession and you will gain experience in a range of different Purchasing roles and the opportunity for a varied and challenging career path.

Take a chance