ACCELERATE Managing technology shifts in automotive purchasing

ACCELERATE Thesis program
TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND ACCELERATE WITH US!
We are now launching ACCELERATE, a new thesis program within Volvo Group in Sweden, which offers an excellent way to build relationships for the future.
You will be part of building tomorrows innovative transport solutions together with teams of passionate people and get the opportunity to combine theory with practice. For the program participants we can offer you to write a Master or Bachelor thesis and grow with us through product experience sessions and development activities.
You apply by filling in your personal details in the system and attach your resume. We also want you to attach your personal cover letter where we would like you to tell us why you are interested in joining the program and write your thesis for The Volvo Group. If you are two students who want to apply together, please upload both resumes and a common cover letter.
Background
Electrification, automation and artificial intelligence are finding new areas of applications at a high pace. To maintain competitiveness in a changing environment such as the automotive industry requires innovative thinking. With the introduction of technologies in the sunrise of their life span, others will become obsolete and are at high pace moving towards their sunset.
Volvo Group Purchasing are incubating new solutions, business models and creating joint ventures to maintain the position as trailblazers in the industry. Not all suppliers are changing in the same pace as The Volvo Group, therefore new ones will be ramping-up, and ways will be parted with others.
Thesis questions and expected outcome
As a Master thesis student, you would investigate different business models and establish best practice on how to manage suppliers in sunset technology segments. Companies, not only limited to the automotive industry, have experienced technology shifts more or less successful. We would like you to analyze lessons learned both from a practical and academic perspective and translate it to suggestions for a purchasing department within the commercial vehicle industry – a way forward for the Volvo Group Purchasing.
Who are you?
You are a Master student in Business or Engineering with an innovative mind-set, interested in new technologies and their impact on businesses. The master thesis project would investigate different aspects within our global, fast-paced purchasing organization. You want to get a valuable experience of what it is like to work in a large global company in the Automotive industry and at the same time contribute hands on to strategic development.
Our department
Volvo Group Purchasing consist of 1300 people globally and has an annual spend of 125BSEK and more than 2500 suppliers in serial production. The Business Office and IT department, a dynamic and multi-cultural team consisting of team players with energy and creativity, would host this Master Thesis project. During the project, you would also get the opportunity to expand your network and connect with many people and departments within the Volvo Group – an exciting opportunity!
Student profile and application
  • Master students in Business or Engineering
  • This master thesis project suits one or two students. If you apply together with someone, please write one cover letter and two separate resumés.
Geographical location: Gothenburg, Sweden. No travel needed.
Application deadline: October 20, 2019

O nas

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus and Volvo Penta. We aim at being the most admired employer in the industry by attracting and engaging the best people.

Volvo Group Purchasing has 125 BSEK in Purchasing annual spend and 2,550 suppliers in serial production. Only for the truck business, 2 billion truck parts were delivered to 40 plants around the world. By scouting and working with high performing suppliers, we deliver the best possible products and service that bring value to our customers. We support the Volvo Group’s mission ‘Driving prosperity through transport solutions’ by applying the principles of Code of Conduct and sustainable sourcing to the purchasing processes.

When you join Volvo Group Purchasing, you will become part of a global network with more than 1,300 professionals in 50 different sites across 25 countries. We offer unique opportunities for you to connect with people across functions, and we are passionate to accelerate your career through competence development.

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