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Internship: Procurement eXcellence (Non-Thesis)

Internship Amsterdam, NL
Posted 20 May 2021

Degree level


Job function


Required language

English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years


4 Jul 2021 00:00

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Internship: Procurement eXcellence (Non-Thesis)



Job Description

Start date: We prefer students able to start as soon as possible, no later than Q3 2021

Duration: 6 months

This internship assignment requires a 40 hours per week presence.

In this role, you have the opportunity to

Gain first hand insights into driving state-of-the-art procurement excellence programs in a highly professional, global procurement organization.

Main programs are:

  • Design for eXcellence (DfX) which is a methodology to improve integral gross margin over the entire End-to-End value chain by bringing together cross-functional expertise and leveraging data-analytics tools.
  • Negotiation eXcellence (NeX) which supports supplier account managers in high-impact negotiations by e.g. applying game theory and mechanism design.
  • Supplier innovation brings together internal needs for innovation with suppliers' innovation roadmaps.
  • Procurement strategy and transformation in general

You are responsible for

Supporting the procurement excellence consultants in driving their programs. For DfX this includes setting up DfX conventions and supporting data-analytics, for NeX it includes supporting the preparation and execution of high-impact negotiations and for supplier innovation, it includes organizing supplier innovation events.

You are a part of

The newly created procurement excellence team dedicated to the Philips Domestic Appliances business. We are a multi-cultural, globally operating internal consultant team with winning spirit and open mind, truly believing in continuous improvement, lean, strategic planning and best practice sharing as the road to make our customers successful.

The team drives state-of-the-art procurement excellence programs, which assure operational excellence and strategic transformation towards maximizing procurement performance in meeting business objectives.

You will be working at our head office in Amsterdam.

Due to the current COVID19 situation, we do support you working from home. Depending the rules and conditions as provided by our Philips Management, we might be able to grand you visit our offices.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • Studying towards your Master in Sciences in: Economics, Business Administration, Engineering (Electrical, Electronic, Mechatronics, Mechanical, Supply Chain, Industrial), Mathematics or related field
  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills combined with a strong business sense and a drive for business impact
  • Ability to manage and organize both your own work as well as projects and meetings
  • Hands-on and project driven mentality, positive mindset and ambitious
  • Interest in how data analysis tools (e.g. TCO, value stream mapping, 5* Why) and/or microeconomics (Mechanism Design/ Game-/ Auction Theory) are applied in procurement practice
  • Good Excel skills
  • Fluent in oral and written English

In return, we offer you

To get the support to make the most of your assignment. This means being a member of a team with flat hierarchy where you can take over responsibility.

Why should you join Philips?

Philips’ Domestic Appliances business is a global leader with EUR 2.3 billion in sales in 2019 in kitchen appliances, coffee, garment care and home care appliances, with successful products such as the Airfryer, Perfect Care Steam Generators, Automatic Coffee Machines with LatteGo and SpeedPro Max Aqua vacuum cleaner, and many more that are used by millions of people every day across the world. 

In its 128-year history as a leading innovator, Philips has had to reinvent itself a number of times to remain competitive. This has involved several high-profile divestments, resulting in the company’s successful track record in managing complex change of this scale.  Such transformations offer unique opportunities for employees to ‘make their mark’ and gain expertise in a specific and dynamic environment - those who can deliver results while navigating and contributing to changes will gain unique skills and perspective that will prove valuable for the rest of their careers

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum. Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways. Learn more by watching this video.

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog. Once there, you can also learn about our recruitment process, or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions.


Required documents in order for us to continue with your application:

  • Resume

Please note that in order to be considered for an internship, you need to be registered as a student during the entire internship period. Formal documentation of which may be requested at any time. Students from outside the EU need to fill in an NUFFIC agreement, which needs to be signed by the student and the university.

Please note that the contents of our regular internship assignments are not suitable for professionals (and/or MBA students) with professional work experience. 

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Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s lives across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Applying advanced technologies and deep clinical and consumer insights, Philips delivers integrated solutions that address the Quadruple Aim: improved patient experience, better health outcomes, improved staff experience, and lower cost of care.

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60% men - 40% women
Average age is 39 years

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