BMW Group

Purchasing Placement

A good Internship is never hands-off

Share your passion for getting hands-on with us.

We believe in creating an environment where our interns really can learn by doing during their time with us and where they are given their own areas of responsibilities from the start. That’s why our experts treat you as part of the team from day one, encourage you to bring your own ideas to the table – and give you the opportunity to really show what you can do.

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world. Since production of the new MINI started in 2001, almost 3 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford.

Three UK plants have had a part to play in MINI production – Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly.

To ensure that we are continually developing our workforce, we are looking for talented and motivated people who will inspire and shape our future business. Each year we offer a number of internship opportunities and are keen to hear from you if you are currently studying an undergraduate degree and are on track for a 2:1 or 1st class final result.


The Purchasing Team based at MINI Plant Oxford are recruiting an Intern to join them for a period of 12 months commencing July 2019.  The Purchasing department in Oxford is responsible for indirect purchasing and procurement for all of BMW's UK locations, which includes not only Oxford but also Swindon (pressings), Hams Hall (engines), Rolls Royce, National Sales Company, Financial Services, Alphabet (Leasing), and Thorne Vehicle Distribution. Indirect purchasing means everything which is not a car component, so this includes such things as manufacturing equipment and related spare parts, construction, and outsourced services such as logistics, cleaning, and catering.

Key Accountabilities:

Assist buyers with purchasing in various commodity fields, involving contact with external suppliers. Carry out supporting activities for the department eg, data collection and analysis, presentation preparation, organising events and meetings. Full involvement in departmental activities such as teambuilding and improvement measures.


We offer a competitive salary of £17,500 per annum and a range of benefits including a pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a subsidised on-site restaurant. As an intern you will also have the opportunity to take part in the testing of new vehicles through one of our car schemes. Throughout your internship you will be supported by our experts in your chosen field, as well as being surrounded by many fellow interns.

Application Process

The application process is as follows: 

Stage 1: Online application form* 
Stage 2: 2 Online ability tests (To be completed within 5 days of receipt) 
Stage 3: Telephone interview with the recruitment team 
Stage 4: Face to face interview/assessment centre with the hiring manager 

*If you do not complete the free text questions your application will not be progressed. 

Applications close on Friday 25th January 2019. 

Please be aware that we complete rolling recruitment. As such, those candidates that have made an early application and have successfully moved through the recruitment process will be invited to the first face to face interviews.

Qualifications and experience

A business degree is ideal, however numerical and verbal awareness are also important, as well as having an enthusiastic and energetic approach.

You must be willing and able to communicate clearly and sometimes assertively with others, both by phone and in written form. Good Excel skills are helpful to support any data analysis work.

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