Co-op: Continuous Improvement (Spring 2019)

Volvo Group - Greensboro, NC4.1

Position Description Objective
The Continuous Improvement co-op 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 regional Distribution Centers including Lean Methods and Tolls and also Lean Management. Also support Kaizen’s and PDCA’s, and cross functional projects to improve the supply chain for North America.

About Group Truck Operations (GTO)
Group Truck Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions and 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 and Volvo Penta. Group Truck Operations also includes spare parts supplies to the Group’s customers as well as logistics.

Logistics Operations Americas is part of GTO and has approximately 1,000 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 Logistics Services 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.

Purpose of the Position
The Continuous Improvement Co-op 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 co-op 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. Co-ops are structured learning experiences where interns and our full time professionals work together on projects within their selected organization. The 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 co-op position is for the spring semester of 2019 as a part-time position with a target of up to 30 hours per week. The specific work days and hours will be flexible, but agreed upon with the hiring manager.

Main Tasks
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- Formal project presentations will be required to be presented 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 co-op, each intern will be given a formal written evaluation based on their work performance
Skill Set Requirements and Minimum Education Requirements
Applicants should be interested in pursuing a professional career in Logistics/Logistics Engineering, supply chain or Business Management with an interest in Lean
Applicants must be currently enrolled and pursuing a degree in Business or Logistics Engineering or Industrial Engineering, with a focus on Supply-chain or logistics Management at an accredited school and have completed 30 semester hours prior to the start of the co-op
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint)
Personal Competencies
Effective professional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Proactive approach
Customer Focus
Technical Skills
Peer Relationships
Integrity and Trust
Standing Alone
Action Oriented
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.