How do you get 12,000 litres of ice cream across the desert without it melting? Is it simply a matter of putting everything into a truck? But then how do you keep the truck cool in baking temperatures? Will it use up too much power? Will it need more fuel? What happens if it breaks down? And how do you get the ingredients to make the ice cream in the first place?
Keeping our products in stock, on the shelf and available to consumers in the right amounts at the right times of year and at the best cost – whether it’s ice cream or face cream – is a highly involved job. And in a global company producing 150 million branded items every day, Supply Chain makes a massive impact on our success. All around the world, we face tough issues like transporting ice-lollies in China, transforming the world’s largest Margarine factory or bringing an innovative new product to light.
So, our Supply Chain function manages all stages of the process known as ‘plan, source, make and deliver’ – everything from sourcing raw materials to ensuring products are delivered in time. Supply Management involves astute sourcing of materials – so you’ll be working closely with our suppliers. In Manufacturing, your challenge will be to help our factories (many of which are considered the best in their country) to adapt and improve. Alternatively, in Logistics you’ll be charged with developing plans to make sure ingredients, packaging and products are delivered to the right place in the right quantity at the right time.
What will you do?
Over four placements, you’ll gain exposure to several production sites and head office operations. These could include projects within supply management, logistics, planning and a team leadership role at a factory. You will also have the opportunity to work internationally.
Who is it for?
For a start, you’ll need an engineering, maths, supply chain or science degree. You’ll also need to be enthusiastic, have clear, detailed thinking and real conviction in your gut instinct. Could that be you?