Supplier Management Placement (BMW UK, Financial Services) Farnborough July 2024

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DEADLINE 31st January 2024

We believe in creating an environment where you, our placement student, can learn and develop during your time with us and where you are given your own areas of responsibility from the start. Our experts and mentors will treat you as part of the team from day one, encouraging you to bring your own ideas to the table and giving you the opportunity to show what you can really do.

Our Summit ONE in Farnborough is home to the National Sales Company for the BMW Group in the UK, as well as BMW Group Financial Services which offers retailers, corporate, and private customers a range of customised financial services. Alphabet (GB) Ltd. as a leading provider of Business Mobility Services is also located in Farnborough. We decided in November 2020 to bring together BMW Financial Services and Alphabet to stay relevant to our customers and continue to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment.

Within our self-contained campus, we offer a modern way of working with an empowering office culture, some aspects of which include:

  • Our work persona shift – being yourself is effortless and so increases efficiency. For this reason, we allow our employees to express themselves through the way they dress.
  • Flexible working hours - working flexibly improves mental perspective and increases sustained productivity. This means our leaders maintain balance, not burnout, through focusing on output, not attendance.
  • The opportunity to get involved with our continued support of our house charity with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.
  • Throughout our offices, there are open creative spaces which hold facilities such as table-tennis tables to encourage innovation and employee engagement.

Supplier Management

As the Supplier Management Intern, you will be based within the Sourcing & Vendor Management function. The role will provide a great opportunity to get an overview of all areas of BMW Financial Services & Alphabet. You’ll interact with different departments within BMW Financial Services and the wider BMW Group where you will be involved in supporting the onboarding, risk management and contract management arrangements for the provision of services from external vendors. You'll liaise with many external organisations we have existing supplier relationships with or are looking to use for future services.

What will you be doing?

  • The support and coordination of supplier management activities for BMW Financial Services & Alphabet automotive and non-automotive suppliers. This will involve working with the Sourcing Managers, Supplier/Vendor Relationship Managers and Vendor Risk Management on projects and supplier/vendor meeting activities.
  • Co-ordination of supplier/vendor performance results working with internal contract managers.
  • You will be responsible for the management and maintenance of our supplier risk management portal and supplier contract management systems, maintaining details of all suppliers, issues, new business requests and tender activities across the department.
  • Supporting Vendor Risk with Audit activity for critical suppliers and involvement with the risk management of our suppliers.

The role is extremely varied and allows you to gain in depth knowledge of a corporate business from all aspects whilst giving many opportunities for learning and development.


  • Studying towards a business-related bachelor’s degree and on track to achieve a 2:2 or above.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills - having contact with numerous stakeholders and business areas means being able to communicate effectively and confidently.
  • Initiative - being able to develop new initiatives within the team and also get on with work or tasks without being asked to do so.
  • Priority management - being able to decipher what tasks are most important and prioritising workload.
  • Teamwork - being able to work in a team and manage the workload delegated by the Sourcing management team.
  • Versatility - due to the variation in work and numerous tasks to be completed, be able to adapt to the different tasks is key.
  • Planning and organising - being organised for meetings and deadlines as well as time management.

Why choose us?

  • Great Pay - A competitive annual salary of £21,600, 27 days holiday (pro rata to your contract), and an attractive pension scheme.
  • Rewarding Work-Life Balance - Contracted working hours are 37.5 hours a week Monday to Friday, helping you develop a fulfilling work-life balance.
  • Exciting Additional Benefits - You will have the opportunity to enjoy other employee benefits including access to our Advantages scheme, giving you access to a range of offers and discounts, and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

What are we responsible for?

  • Supporting you in your training and ensuring you settle into your role and feel welcomed.
  • Working sustainably and ethically.
  • Providing you with the opportunity to bring your own ideas and develop yourself.
  • Ensuring you are happy with your work-life balance and feel as though your contribution to the business is being valued.
  • Encouraging you to develop your soft skills such as creating working relationships, communicating effectively, delivering presentations, and gaining confidence in your own ability, supporting you in both your return to university and your future career.

What do you need to do now?

If this sounds like the opportunity for you then apply today using the link below.

The next stages of the recruiting process could include; online testing, a one-way video interview, and then a face to face, telephone, or virtual interview with the hiring manager.

Please note

We operate rolling recruitment. This means we may close the application window earlier than identified if sufficient applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure that you complete all of the free text questions for your application to be progressed. Please also include a role relevant cover letter, explaining why we should consider you for this position.

To be eligible for this position, you must be returning to your studies for a minimum of 6 months after completion of this placement and be able to provide proof of your legal right to work in the UK if you are not a UK passport holder.

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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DEADLINE 31st January 2024