Supply Chain Planning Internships
AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we have a 9.6-billion-Euro business that operates in over 80 countries. We employ around 35,000 talented people who are
passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services that our customers expect.
Bring your Supply Chain Planning expertise to AkzoNobel!
In the past six years, we reallocated the Supply Chain Planning of various plants in Europe to Sassenheim, The Netherlands. In our Supply Chain Planning center, which consists of 80 higher educated Supply Chain Planning professionals from more than 25 different nationalities, we develop and implement leading best practices in Supply Chain Planning. Our way of working has proven to significantly increase service levels and decrease inventory. We are passionate to serve our customers’ needs, to closely collaborate with our stakeholders and to expand our Supply Chain Planning knowledge. We are looking forward to welcoming new Supply Chain team members who share our passion for Supply Chain Planning excellence and believe in a collaborative “winning together” approach.
Internships Description and Responsibilities Supply Chain Planning
We offer three types of Supply Chain Planning internships: Supply Chain Production Planner Intern, Supply Chain Material Planner Intern, and Supply Chain Planning Project Intern. In all internships, you will work towards our department’s goal to exceed service level targets and minimize supply chain costs within S&OP rules and operational constraints (such as limited capacity and minimal order quantities), teaming up with all stakeholders.
The main activity of the Supply Chain Production Planner is to create an optimized production plan for one of our factories in Europe for the next 12 weeks in close alignment with stakeholders.
The main activity of the Supply Chain Material Planner is to create an optimized raw materials and packs replenishment plans for one of our factories in Europe for the next 4-6 weeks in close alignment with stakeholders. The main activity of the Supply Chain Planning Project Intern is to support on different projects and continuous improvement initiatives. Depending on the project, the assignment will focus on data analysis, stakeholder
management and coordination or process design and visualization.
Where the Supply Chain Planners engage in Continuous Improvement in their daily work, the project teams are dedicated to larger step changes requiring dedicated effort on one focus area. Examples are our Inventory Reduction Program, automation initiatives, Supply Chain footprint reduction, and organization and governance (meetings, knowledge, KPIs) improvements with key stakeholders (Manufacturing, Procurement, Suppliers,
Based on our experience, it takes three months to become fully operational. To enable the intended personal growth and contribution to the team, the duration of the internship is at least five months but we strongly encourage internships for a longer period. Given the limited amount of time for a contribution to our business objectives, your full attention is required during the internship.
Who can apply?
A demonstrated affinity with Supply Chain is a must. The internship is open for 3rd year Bachelor or Master students that are enrolled at a university in The Netherlands, or similar in Europe, with ability and authorizations to do an internship in the Netherlands, this means a valid permit for The Netherlands is required as we will not supply it. A background in Business or Economics with specialization in Supply Chain Management, operations management, Industrial Engineering or similar is strongly preferred.
- Possess a passion to contribute to the satisfaction of our customers.
- Combine a highly conceptual understanding of the trade-offs between SC KPIs and steering mechanisms with a data driven, fact-based approach to problem solving.
- Are able to focus on a task, follow through and “get things done.”
- Are stress resistant, and able to adapt to changing conditions and re-prioritize their tasks as needed to
deliver to promise.
- Have excellent communication skills and the ability to understand and foster the interfaces with
- Have an open mind and curiosity to understand other cultures and promote mutual understanding.
Are fluent in English. Depending on the plant, additional languages (e.g. French, Dutch, Turkish, Spanish,
Polish, Italian) can be of benefit.
- Application details
Please send the following documents to the email address Hiring_SCPlanning@akzonobel.com:
- Higher education grade list (including results of not yet finished degrees).
- Letter in which you motivate your application and indicate the preference role if you have one.
Only candidates who have supplied these three documents will be considered. The internship will take 5-6 months and is fulltime (longer periods are also possible). Successful interns will be considered for positions within AkzoNobel.