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Sourcing Trainee

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30309

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 18907: MT - Sourcing 



Job Description

As a Fortune 300 company with over 28,000 employees, Norfolk Southern’s Sourcing Department fosters strategic business to business partnerships with suppliers to provide $4 billion in material and service needs for all Norfolk Southern departments.  As a Management Trainee within the Sourcing department, which is organized within Norfolk Southern’s Finance Division, you will work directly with tenured staff to learn the sourcing processes, negotiation strategies and legal agreements. The Trainee will build relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers by placing orders for assigned items, negotiate material or service orders or contracts, and work with internal customers including track, locomotive, customer operations and technology departments.  A Trainee will gain an understanding of how their efforts impact our internal department’s ability to meet requirements of our external customers and the communities we serve.  A Trainee will also independently stay abreast of changing technologies and standards, and broader marketplace trends, through vendor interactions, professional publications, and supplier and NS location visits. Additionally, a Trainee may be tasked with one or more projects such as researching supply chain dynamics, conducting RFI sessions, RFP development and proposal evaluations, assisting in financial and cost reviews, assisting with contract development, and/or determining standard items to place on legal contract to improve process efficiency.


What makes a successful Sourcing Trainee?

•    A highly motivated self-starter committed to learning the ins and outs of the Sourcing department structure and procedures and how the department tightly interfaces with constituents throughout the NS organization

•    Willingness to study reference materials, ask questions and tackle problems

•    Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy; strong analytical skills and the ability to leverage data

•    Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability to grow from constructive feedback

•    Thought leader and demonstrated leadership traits; maintains composure in tense situations; comfortable taking appropriate risk; candid and forthright and decisive when faced with opportunity or challenge; unafraid to challenge longstanding practices; able to initiate and lead change to drive improvements in areas of responsibility; thought leader open to new ideas and techniques

•    Ability to manage time, prioritize work demands effectively and maintain composure in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines without sacrificing standards of work

•    Ability to interact with co-workers and various levels of Sourcing and NS management while being positive and professional


Work Environment

  • Environment: Office, M-F
  • Shift Work: No
  • On Call: No
  • Weekend Work: No
  • Travel Required: 0-3 days per month


Education / Experience

Education / Experience
•    Minimum Bachelor’s degree, with a concentration in business or industrial engineering plus supply chain management coursework from a highly accredited university is strongly preferred; Master’s degree a plus
•    Candidates familiar with operations management, accounting fundamentals, cost accounting techniques, financial concepts (NPV, IRR), economic fundamentals, basic statistics a strong plus
•    Must possess solid analytical and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet skillsets, with an interest in routinely leveraging data, financial and/or TCO elements in evaluation of major or long-term purchasing decisions; experience working on data intensive projects (school or work) a plus


Start Date: January or February 2021

New Headquarters – Atlanta, GA


Norfolk Southern is in the process of constructing a vibrant & modern corporate HQ in Midtown Atlanta, GA. Our HQ is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2021. To check out a sneak peek, we’ve linked a playlist below.





Company Overview


Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.


We are a team of more than 20,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation." As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation and, gender identity. Together, we power progress. More information can be found at NS-EEO



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