Work Placement / Internship

Purchasing 12 Month Placement

Darlington (County Durham)

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Cummins are now recruiting for our 2020 intake of 12 month placements in the UK, which provide a meaningful opportunity for university students to accomplish real-world projects in a professional environment.

If successful on the programme you may be given the opportunity to work part-time during your final year of study and/or be offered the opportunity to return as a graduate.

Working as part of the International Purchasing Office for Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region, you will be based in the Cummins Midrange diesel engine manufacturing facility at Darlington, North East England. The EMEA purchasing office is primarily responsible for the management of suppliers in this region supplying products to our UK and overseas locations and provides an exciting opportunity to sample a purchasing career in a dynamic global business environment.

Our Story: You Are Our Future

What makes Cummins great is the employees that we have and who we are as people.

The placement is a one-year structured role; key elements include:

  • Key project work in support of departmental objectives
  • Detailed involvement in Functional Excellence – opportunity to work with other Business Units to help share common processes, tools and resources to better achieve business goals.
  • Working with a group of suppliers – supporting cost reduction, capacity planning, delivery/quality performance, risk mitigation
  • Data analysis in support of Low Cost Country sourcing/cost reduction opportunities
  • Engagement across a number of teams, gaining commodity experience
  • Close integration with Supplier Quality.

Training provided:

  • Presence of a mentor as a guide through the placement year
  • Tools and skills training specific to the role
  • Engine appreciation course
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Practices and procedures.


  • Working towards a degree – preferably Engineering related.
  • Positive attitude, strong personal motivation
  • Communication skills
  • A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Team work
  • IT Skills/programme knowledge.

At Cummins, we are dedicated to diversity in the workplace and we are committed to a policy of treating all our employees and job applicants equally. No employee or potential employee will receive less favourable treatment because of any protected characteristic.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 190004KH
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Opportunity Overview

  • January 1st, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Darlington (County Durham)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Software
  • Systems

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