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Sourcing Management Trainee

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Date: Jan 21, 2019

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23510

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 11140: MT - Sourcing 

Posting Start Date: 01/21/2019

Location: Norfolk, VA (through mid-summer 2021 - estimated)

                Atlanta, GA (commencing mid-summer 2021 - estimated)


A Day in the Life of a Sourcing Management Trainee

As a Fortune 300 company with over 28,000 employees, Norfolk Southern fosters strategic business to business partnerships with suppliers to provide 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 using current price or current purchase agreements, negotiate materials or services in excess of limits established by management, and work with internal customers. The Trainee will also assist in the preparation of the annual Corporate operating budget for assigned items and forecast material and service needs for the NS operating departments. A Trainee will independently stay abreast of changing industrial standards and broader marketplace trends through vendor relations, industrial 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 Management Trainee?

  • A motivated self-starter committed to learning the ins and outs of the Sourcing department structure and procedures
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Willingness to study reference materials, ask questions and resolve problems
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability to grow from constructive feedback
  • Ability to manage time, prioritize work demands effectively 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: 0-5 days per month


Projected Career Path:

Management Trainee  --> Supervisor Purchasing --> Assistant Manager Purchasing --> Manager Purchasing --> Group Manager Purchasing --> Director Purchasing

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
    • Preferred Degree Paths: Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Economics/Finance, Mathematics and majors in a similar field of study will be considered
  • Experience with MS Office software and basic finance or information systems skills


Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is 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. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

We are a team of more than 28,000 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.

Norfolk Southern is an equal opportunity employer including veterans and disabled.

Nearest Major Market: Hampton Roads

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