What attracted you to JN Bentley and why did you apply?
Doing Business Management at university and covering various modules such as Marketing, Supply Chain and Finance, I was unsure what I wanted to do and applied for placement years covering all categories. Bentley’s Buying placement stood out to me for a few reasons. 1) Buying is in my family and from what I had heard it was a very challenging but self-motivating job. 2) You don’t focus on Procurement as an area on a Business degrees so the unknown factor intrigued me. 3) The job specification fit my personality.
What were/are your day to day responsibilities?
In summary, day to day responsibilities all lead to servicing sites and our clients by getting them what they need, when they need it and at the right price. This involves sending enquiries and orders, processing tenders and building relationships with suppliers.
Were you provided with enough support and guidance?
Yes, as a placement student you are paired with a member of the team for your whole year so I always had someone to ask if I was unsure. Everyone in the team is helpful and friendly, I never once felt I was left on my own to sink or swim.
What aspects of JN Bentley life and culture did/do you enjoy?
The environment in the office is good. Just the right balance, as long as you keep on top of your work you can have a good laugh. There is lot’s to do outside of the office as well from nights out at the Bingo to charity walks etc.
How has your experience helped you with career planning, do you have any plans for the future?
Bentley’s have been great since my placement year, sponsoring me through my final year at university, allowing me to take time out to travel before I returned full time and now they are helping me achieve my Chartership in Procurement and Supply.
What advice would you give to future placement students, or anyone who is looking to apply?
I would say that even if you are unsure on the role/s as you have never experienced it before or even heard of it, give it a go! If you get the job, don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how stupid they sound! There is a lot to learn but it is worth it, you won’t just be doing basic orders and enquiries you will be treated just like everyone else. By the end of your placement year you could be placing orders over £100,000!