Volvo Group Intern - Analytical Supply Chain Data Modeling (Spring 2019) in Greensboro, North Carolina

Service Market Logistics (SML) is part of Group Trucks Operations (GTO) . We are an organization of approximately 4,000 employees globally in more than 40 locations. Every day, we are delivering world-class operational excellence for our customers, based upon smart logistics solutions. Our job is to develop, manage and optimize the Service Market supply chain for all Volvo Group brands and JV’s. The scope for Service Market Logistics includes Flow Optimization, Inventory Management, Distribution Center operations, Customs & Trade, as well as the development of logistics solutions to ensure the highest possible parts availability, delivery precision and quality everywhere in the world. We strive for an innovative and diverse workplace, exercising the Volvo Group values with high focus on customer success.

SML North America (NA) is a part of SML and has about 1,000 employees across the United States, Canada and Mexico. We operate the Central Distribution Center in Byhalia, MS as well as Regional Distribution Centers across the NA region.

Position Summary

The Analytical Supply Chain Data Modeling Intern will primarily be responsible for developing a forecast simulation tool for mass level analysis of Aftermarket. This entails working with the Process Development Department and Demand Inventory Planning Department.

Position Role

Volvo is looking to expand data analysis capabilities in regards to improving planning quality, in particular from a forecasting perspective. We hope to accomplish this through finding correlations between Forecast Accuracy and other elements in Supply Chain such as, but not limited, to inventory, supplier performance, warehouse operations, etc… We would also like to build a strong connection with academia in order to benefit from latest research and development findings, and in return give opportunities for the academia to work with a global company such as Volvo.

The internship position is for the Spring of 2019, and the specific work days and hours will be flexible, but agreed upon with the hiring manager.

Core Responsibilities

  • Understand the business requirements from a software development standpoint in order to build a tool which will enable Volvo to maximize its Forecast Accuracy.

  • Conduct an analytical deep-dive on the current forecasting methods applied to generate the consensus demand forecast at varying hierarchical levels

  • Compare as-is forecasting methodology and metrics against a set of purely scientific assortment of statistical algorithms

  • Explore demand volume history and identify unusual patterns (i.e. outliers) to measure their effect on forecasting

  • Generate robust forecast accuracy metrics leveraging back-casting tools

  • Develop an analysis tool with existing Volvo data solutions and expand on it from a mathematical and statistical perspective.

  • Build Regression Analysis models.

  • Cross-functional/departmental accountability of forecast accuracy

  • Correlations between FCQ Vs.:

  • Availability, Inventory, Delivery Precision, Workload, warehouse, transport cost, etc.

  • Create a manageable solution base.

Professional Objectives

  • Weekly Writing Assignments: Brief written summaries of the learning experiences and project updates will be required.

  • Project Presentations: Formal project presentations will be required to be presented to peers, management, and senior leaders within the organization.

  • Performance Feedback: Throughout the entire experience, the manager will provide verbal and written feedback on work performance. At the end of the internship, each intern will be given a formal written evaluation based on their work performance.

Essential Skills and Minimum Education Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled and pursuing a Master Degree or higher in Mathematics or Statistics with a concentration on Data Analytics at an accredited school, and have completed 12 semester hours prior to the start of the internship.

  • Applicants should be interested in pursuing a professional career in a Supply Chain related field with a specific interest in the automotive industry.

  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

  • Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint),

  • Must be expert in R, and be proficient in Python. (Any additional data analytics qualification is beneficial)

Personal Competencies

  • Effective professional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Customer Oriented

  • Technical Skills

  • Peer Relationships

  • Integrity and Trust

  • Standing Alone

  • Action Oriented

  • Perseverance

  • Ability to cooperate with global environment

  • Working with colleagues in different time zones across different continents.

Expected Commitment

This internship will require up to 30 hours per week during the Spring 2019 semester, with the specific working schedule to be agreed upon with the hiring manager.

Reporting Manager: Sham Abdullah (Supply Chain Data Modeling Expert)

Desired Start Date: January 7, 2019

About us

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.

Volvo Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions, as well as all production of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks. The organization is responsible for spare parts supplies to the Group's customers as well as for designing, operating and optimizing logistics and supply chain for all brands, production facilities and distribution centers where the Volvo Group operates. In Volvo Group Trucks Operations you will be part of a diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

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