Danone : Internship – Food Purchasing

 Danone : Internship – Food Purchasing

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Location: Hoofddorp, NH, NL (Pays-Bas)

Company : Danone

Are you ready to coordinate our key European projects on Fruit Preparations and Baby Food Ingredients, focusing on Innovation & Procurement efficiency? Then make sure to apply now and become our Purchasing Intern as of December 2020 at our office in Hoofddorp, NL!


About the Job

You will be part of our Global Sourcing team (Food) within our Cycles and Procurement organization, responsible for driving cost efficiency, innovation, service level and sustainability with our European suppliers. We do this by supporting design to cost approach with our internal key stakeholders, improving time to market, respecting high quality standards and co-creating disruptive innovations that answer consumer’s expectations. Our culture is all about the open sourcing of ideas, transparent communication, and championing the diversity of individual thought, while working together to develop solution-oriented strategy.

As our new intern, you will be responsible on assisting on a variety of tasks, but within a clear project-oriented scope. We are sure that you have become more curious about the tasks and responsibilities that you will have as an intern. We’ve divided them into two main areas for you:

  1. Special Nutrition – Baby Food
  • Sourcing Strategy:         

        o   Support on the Fruit Strategy to build the current diagnosis and identify the main strategic blocs to focus.

o   Support the Long-Term supplier agreement Legal contract implementation on Cereals and Vegetables.   

o  Identify New suppliers screening on cereals, meat & fish to secure our sourcing.

  • Tenders 

                o Tender creations and contract negotiations follow up for 4 main categories (fruit/vegetables/meat/fish).

  • Category Performance

         o  Extending the SRM Tool with our main suppliers (move from Pilot to Roll out phase)

         o  SEDEX Performance Follow up and actions   

         o Volume Coverage vs current needs : Lead complex Analysis + drive recommendation to mitigate risk.

  1. Dairy – Fruit Preparation
  • Category Performance:
    • Maintain a tool for category management, incl. volumes and prices consolidation for both fruit preparations and ingredients;
    • Co-develop a catalog-based sourcing strategy to support massification on fruits, flavors and other ingredients categories within the fruit preparation category;
    • Tools Management – monthly update of the tools using by the Fruit Preparation Team;
    • Maintain out cost simulation tool & give trainings to people.

Throughout your internship, you will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the business through freedom to make a difference within our category.


About You

You are a Bachelor/Master student in Business Engineering, Supply Chain or Procurement with strong and proven Excel skills. You have an analytical mindset and detail-oriented. You are a confident communicator when speaking to multiple stakeholders. You are self-driven and enthusiastic while not being afraid to interact and easily connect with your colleagues, nevertheless also do not mind to work independently. Furthermore, you are able to act with agility, speed and pragmatism through your rigorous way of working. You are open-minded, and like to take initiative and share your ideas. If you have relevant experience in FMCG, purchasing, or supply chain, it can be a plus.

Next to the above, there are also some hard requirements you need to fulfill:

  • You are enrolled as a student for the whole period of the internship (if you are a non-EU citizen, you need to be enrolled at a Dutch university);
  • You are fluent in English – oral and written, French is considered a plus but not essential;
  • You are available to start as of December 2020 for a minimum of 6 months, 5 days per week;
  • You are able to work from Hoofddorp, NL, if the COVID-19 situation allows us to go to the office.


About Us

Danone’s mission is bringing health through food to as many people as possible and we want to invite people to join the movement for a healthier world. We recognize the power people have to impact the world through their daily choices. Healthy food needs a healthy planet, and this is what our new signature One Planet One Healthembodies. Click here to discover more about Danone in the Benelux.

As our new intern, you will join a welcoming team, where you will be able to interact with people from multiple backgrounds and experience a dynamic environment. During your internship, you will be working closely with Jean-Christophe Bève (Global Sourcing Food Manager), as well as other buyers in the team.


We Offer

Proactivity, empowerment, and diversity are the basis of Danone culture. You will be part of an international environment where every day can be a fresh adventure, full of new possibilities and opportunities to learn.

This position will give you a chance to deep dive into the FMCG world. Your supervisors and colleagues will guide you and provide you with real challenges and responsibilities through which you will develop your skills and get the chance to learn new ones. In addition to this, you will be in constant communication with multiple stakeholders, internally and externally (buyers, suppliers, factories), which is a great opportunity to build up a network for the future!

We offer a gross monthly internship allowance of 450 (HBO students) or 550 (University students) euros per month and a contribution towards travel if required.Please do keep in mind that we do not offer relocation and/or accommodation benefits for students coming from abroad.


What’s next?

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Hit the “apply now” button! As we screen candidates on a regular basis we recommend you apply as soon as possible. The recruitment process for internships is as follows: Stage One – submit your application with your CV and Cover Letter; Stage Two – we will get to know you better through answering some questions which you will submit through video (or a written) format; Stage Three – we will invite you to an interview with your team. Please note that sometimes there are slight changes to this process.

To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our careers website.


Need more information? Please contact Servane Bieuzen (current Food Purchasing EU Intern) via servane.bieuzen@danone.com or Eugenia Bouzas (Talent Recruitment Intern) via eugenia.bouzas@danone.com

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