Early Careers, People, Purchasing, Undergraduate

Purchasing Undergraduate – Josh Haines

What was a project you were proud to be part of?

I really enjoyed working on the Strategic Supplier Dossier. It is a strategic document aimed to improve the relationship Jaguar Land Rover has with a key supplier, by providing recommendations based on data gathered across multiple functions of Jaguar Land Rover. It tells a story of the current state of the relationship, and what the aims are for the future. I am the co-owner of the project so I’m responsible for its delivery. I have worked with multiple employees from the supplier, and the 24 Jaguar Land Rover buyers who buy from the supplier, to gather relevant information, and held meetings with their managers and my director to review our recommendations.

What’s the best thing about being part of the Undergraduate Programme?

As an undergraduate you get to be involved in multiple activities that someone who is full-time would not have time for. I have been involved in strategic relationship management, future vehicle sourcing and site visits. I was not expecting much responsibility in my role, but my team constantly rely on me and give me projects that have a significant impact on the future of the business.

How would you describe your placement to a friend?

I work in future vehicle sourcing. It’s hard work but it’s worth it because when you’ll see a car on the road in a few years’ time, I will have had a part to play in it being there.