Intern: Continuous Improvement (Spring 2023)

We are currently looking for a student to work with our Byhalia, MS Distribution Center as an Intern. The student should be prepared to work in a challenging and fast-paced environment, gaining experience and knowledge in various aspects of logistics operations. Service Market Logistics North America is part of Volvo Group Trucks Operations (GTO) and has approximately 1000 employees in more than 20 locations within the region. Our job is to design, handle, and optimize the supply chain for all Volvo Group brands. The scope for Service Market Logistics (SML) includes making sure material is delivered to the production facilities, packaging is available, vehicles are distributed to the dealers, and that management of material, warehouses and distribution ensures the availability of parts everywhere in the world. We make sure all logistics services are delivered with world class operational excellence.

Position Description:

The Continuous Improvement Intern position will be responsible for working with Volvo production System team supporting the Distribution Centers North American on Lean journey. The Intern will work on create a governance and standard training material to sustain the deployment of VPS at the Central Distribution Center including lean methods and tools and also lean management. Also support Kaizen’s and PDCA’s, and cross functional projects to improve the supply chain for North America.

Purpose of the Position:

The Continuous Improvement Intern role provides students with the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and skills in a professional environment, and to promote the graduate’s career goals through contact with professionals in their field of study. The intern experience enables students to participate in professional activities for Volvo Group Services Market Logistics by working on projects for the VPS RDC - North American team. Interns are structured learning experiences where interns and our full-time professionals work together on projects within their selected organization. The Internship/Co-op allows students to integrate knowledge and skills in a manner that is mutually beneficial to the student and Volvo Group Logistics Operations.

The Intern position is for the Spring semester of 2023 will begin on January 9, 2023 – May 5, 2023. The specific workdays and hours will be agreed upon with the hiring manager.

  • Work on VPS communication and tools standardization across all RDC’s
  • Design and develop posters to promote lean culture
  • Design and develop pamphlets of the Lean tools (5S, 7 Wastes, Safety pyramid, etc.)
  • Describe procedures – Governance of PSM, Ideas, SOP, etc.
  • Develop training portfolio for IWs: VPS tools (5S, 7 wastes, PSM, Safety, etc.)
  • Develop VPS tools library – templates for 5S audits, OT boards, IB boards, Idea generation status boards, etc. (any topic that comes from Best practices meeting)
  • Develop VPS weekly tips for the IW’s team meetings
  • Collaborate with Logistics Lean Leadership to coordinate lean activities
  • Assist with research and data collection professional objectives
  • Project Presentations: You will be required to deliver presentations to peers, management, and senior leaders within the organization
  • Mentor Feedback: Throughout the entire experience, the mentor will provide verbal and written feedback on performance
  • A formal written performance review: At the end of the semester, each intern/co-op will be given a formal written evaluation based on their work performance
Education and Program Requirements:
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled and pursuing a degree in Business, Logistics Engineering or related degree at an accredited school and have completed 30 semester hours of undergraduate studies prior to the start of the Internship.
  • Interns may work up to 30 hours per week during the semester
  • Interns - Must be enrolled in academic courses as a full-time student
  • Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Strong communication skills
Personal Competencies:
  • Creativity
  • Effective professional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proactive approach
  • Customer Focus
  • Technical Skills
  • Peer Relationships
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Standing Alone
  • Action Oriented

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 

A new era is here. Technologies such as big data, automation and artificial intelligence are changing the way we look at manufacturing and logistics. Volvo Group Trucks Operations is the organization responsible for truck manufacturing and logistics within the Volvo Group and is shaping future industries.

Volvo Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions as well as the production of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks. The organization is also responsible for spare parts supplies to the Group’s customers and for designing, operating and optimizing logistics and supply chains for all brands. Together, Volvo Group Trucks Operations represents 30,000 employees at 30 plants and 50 distribution centers across the globe. Our global industrial footprint offers an opportunity for an international career in a state-of-the-art industrial environment, in which continuous improvement is the foundation. Join our teams as well!

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