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Supply chain management

Our Supply Chain management scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re a team player with solid communication skills. Skilled in customer service and experienced in financial management, you have strong attention to detail. You’re proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and Word. You may also have some experience of using SharePoint, Oracle and Bravo.

How long is the scheme?

20 months

Where you’ll be based

Milton Keynes, with placements in London or Birmingham

What you’ll be doing

You have a choice of two routes: Contracts and Procurement or Operations and Logistics. Whichever route you choose, you’ll carry out four placements in different teams at our head office.

You’ll be part of the function that looks after everything from the traditional ballast and sleepers to cutting edge technical services. Throughout your placements you’ll develop your skills by supporting the commercial management of contracts, building supplier relationships and delivering the physical supply chain that underpins our infrastructure projects.

You’ll spend time working through the various stages of the competitive tender process, carrying out site visits, chairing meetings and keeping a close eye on costs. Ultimately, you’ll be helping us maintain our high safety standards, eliminate business risk and achieve financial savings.

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:2 in any degree subject. To pursue the Contracts and Procurement route, you’ll need a relevant purchasing, building or construction related degree.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Practitioner Award

Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Graduates on the Contracts and Procurement route usually progress to a full-time assistant procurement manager position or, in some cases, procurement manager. On the Operations and Logistics route, you could achieve a permanent role as a business support manager or commercial assistant.

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme offers a unique insight into how a government-funded organisation works. The supply chain function is responsible for sourcing and purchasing all goods, works and services for Network Rail. You’ll learn how to source, procure and deliver to internal and external customers across England, Scotland and Wales.

The main reason I applied to Network Rail is the positive impact I could have on Britain in general, through benefits to the economy and people. It is also a fascinating supply chain and with the level of spend Network Rail leverages it is one of the best places to begin a career.

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