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Business Operations Management (Logistics) - Industrial Placement | Vehicle Plant

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Overview of Toyota UK

There are two manufacturing plants in the UK representing a total investment of £2.5 billion and approximately 3,000 members (including Agency) are employed. The vehicle manufacturing plant is located at Burnaston in Derbyshire, the engine manufacturing plant is located at Deeside in North Wales.

Logistics at Toyota

Everything starts and stops with Logistics. Join us here and you’ll be at the centre of our manufacturing operation bringing the world-famous Toyota Production System (TPS) to life. This is your chance to learn about concepts like jidoka and just-in-time first-hand from the company that pioneered them.

A world-famous system

TPS is a lean manufacturing system designed to eliminate waste, reduce costs and keep lead times down. It was developed between 1948 and 1975 out of two concepts. The first is called jidoka (which loosely translates as “automation with a human touch”) – this means that when a problem occurs, production stops immediately, preventing defective products. The second concept is just-in-time, in which each process produces only what is needed by the next, and so on, in a continuous flow. Where Toyota has led the way, other manufacturers have followed. You’ll find that many universities teach TPS today as a proven operations management system.

The role

You will be positioned at our manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, there are fantastic student roles available within our Business Operations Management (Logistics) team.

Focused on your future

We'll make sure that you maximise your time with us. You'll be involved with live projects from the start and be given the opportunity to make a real impact within the company, working alongside experienced people who'll go out of their way to make sure that you're always learning.

Toyota Manufacturing UK

The vehicle manufacturing plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire opened in 1992, making it Toyota's first European manufacturing plant.

Always developing

The Toyota Way means that continuous improvement and respect for people are hard-wired into our culture. We're always looking for ways to improve - and that which can extend your development. Over the 11 month placement, you will be first given training to sharpen and enhance your skills, while receiving regular feedback on how you are progressing. At the end of your Industrial Placement, you'll present to senior managers on your projects to demonstrate how you've added value to Toyota.

What we look for

We're looking for people who will share our values and believe that there's always a better way. So, if you thrive on analysing problems from different angles to develop solutions and take a practical approach to your work, you could go a long way with us.

You will also have a consistently strong academic record, with a minimum 2:1 predicted degree result in Maths or Process Engineering. We expect you to have conveyed a strong commitment to their academic studies and have a real interest in the area of the business which you apply for.


  • Competitive salary and Paid Overtime
  • 25 Days Paid Annual Holiday
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Free Personalised Work Wear
  • Exclusive Company Benefit Site
  • Subsidised Onsite Restaurants
  • Worldwide Travel Opportunities
  • Fantastic Opportunities for Career Progression
  • Job Events and Courses
  • Pension Scheme
  • Attractive Car Schemes.


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Opportunity Overview

  • November 4th, 2019
  • £17,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Burnaston (Derbyshire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Project Management
  • Robotics

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