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Title:  Undergraduate Placement - Purchasing Assistant, Carlisle, UK 1

Requisition ID:  21845
Location:  Carlisle
Function:  Operation
Contract Type:  Internship
Experience:  --

Pirelli is an international group with a global brand presence, and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance tyres. Pirelli are also leaders in various forms of motorsport such as Formula 1 and the World Superbike. We supply tyres to many of the world’s major Motor brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Range Rover, Lamborghini, Bentley and Aston Martin to name a few.


Pirelli UK Tyres Ltd is the company responsible for all of the Pirelli Tyre related operations in the UK. For more information please visit


A 12 month placement is available within our Engineering department. The role involves working to support the Department with a variety of duties around the management of investment projects, while working under the supervision of a Senior Project Engineer on all aspects of new machinery projects, involving state of the art technologies and processes.


A project will be identified during the placement and a mentor to provide support in learning and development. Assistance will be provided in finding appropriate accommodation, but financial assistance for accommodation is not available. Students must have a valid work permit/visa for the UK.


The opportunity is based at our site in Carlisle, Cumbria.


Main duties include:


  • Working as part of our Project Engineering team on New Machinery Investment projects and improvement projects to existing plant and processes.


  • Management and administration of projects including HSE, Planning, dealing with suppliers, management of contractors, risk management and various Project Management tools.


  • Be aware of and comply with local and statutory regulations relating to all aspects of Health and Environmental Safety, including Machinery Safety


  • Working in a factory environment, coming into contact with hydraulics, pneumatics, PLC (Programme Logic Controller) control systems, automation, robotics and other mechanical and fluidic systems


  • Engage and co-ordinate with colleagues in other functions such as Production, Quality, HSE, Purchasing, IT, HR to achieve successful outcomes.


  • Create and manage technical designs in AutoCad


  • Support the Maintenance functions.


  • Technical author


Current student insight on the role:


I am really enjoying my placement with Pirelli, as it allows me to explore my creative side, while providing me with the experience and support that I need to bring my ideas to life. One of the things I am most happy with, is the level of support I am given.  Part of my placement involves undertaking a work related project, with my chosen project being to look at avenues to reduce manual lifting. Stemming from this project, I looked into the utilisation of Exoskeleton Suits, to which the company paid for me and the other engineers to attend an Engineering convention in Paris, where i got to try out some Exo-suits hands on, while also exploring other options which were available in relation to my project.


Part of my main duties involves me working as part of our project engineering team to work on improvement projects, both planning and implementation. This sees me working and assisting on other projects such as the “heat loss reduction project”, where I look at the different ways and methods which could be used to reduce heat loss in the factory.


I also believe that my job at Pirelli allows me to engage and experience other facets to being an engineer such as working with contractors and builders, liaising with the production workers to find out some of their needs, with a notable example of me creating new guards for machines, after speaking with some of the workers. I did this to not only improve the safety of the production workers, but also to help the company meet the new health and safety regulation.


My role is not all hands on, you also get to explore the theory aspect of engineering too, from building design on the CAD system, to testing them and justifying why they work. You are also given the guidance from the engineers to help with this, as I have on several occasions.


These are some of the things that a placement at Pirelli can provide. Are you ready to be challenged?


Our requirements:


  • Good level of general education
  • Undergraduate level education ( in Mechanical Engineering or Project Management)
  • Good keyboard skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • CAD user preferable (AutoCAD LT & Solidworks)
  • Organisational skills and self motivated, able to work on your own initiative in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good communication skills, and able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and adaptable to change
  • Ability to turn knowledge and skills into hands on investigation and problem solving
  • A full clean driving licence is desirable.


Salary for this role will be £21,979 per annum.


Employee benefits include:

  • 33 days holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme with linked life insurance
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Discounted tyre vouchers


The closing deadline for applications will be 31st December 2023.


Interviews will be held between January – March 2024, with the role starting July / August 2024.


Please note, all applicants must have the right to work in the UK and should be active undergraduate students, looking for a placement for their 3rd year of studies.


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