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Patrick

Graduate Supply Chain Analyst
Memphis, TN, USA

"Smith & Nephew is a great place. You get to take on a lot of responsibility early on in your career and it’s a brilliant opportunity to grow as a professional."

Graduate Supply Chain Analyst Patrick 

"I joined Smith & Nephew on the Smith & Nephew Supply Chain Graduate Programme in early 2017. While I hadn’t really considered Supply Chain as a career (I studied Economics and Maths), I’ve always been interested in both analytics and supply and demand. The more I found out about the role and the company, the more that Supply Chain at Smith & Nephew seemed a perfect fit.

"I’ve learned a lot since I joined. It’s my first time working in a corporate environment, so that has been a bit of learning curve for me! I’m working across different departments to help develop the analytics we use. My technical skillset has definitely improved and I’m learning all the time from working alongside my experienced colleagues.

"There’s a lot of cross-functionality to this position – it’s not like other entry-level jobs. On the programme, you complete placements in different areas of Supply Chain. It covers inventory, supply and demand planning, as well as ensuring that product deliveries to our customers take place on time. You get to see so much of the business and see how all the different pieces of the puzzle fit together and the aim is to create a well-rounded future supply chain leader. I also have direct access to senior leadership and I have mentors who have 10-30 years of experience in the profession. They’re really invested in us as graduates. It’s a great advantage and a definite positive of the programme.

"There’s a strong social aspect here too. I’m new to Memphis so I didn’t know many people in the city before I moved here. There are nine graduates just on the Supply Chain programme. Starting together has made the move a lot easier.

"One experience that stands out for me is having the opportunity to go back to my university to support a graduate recruiting event. I was able to fill in the day-to-day blanks of the role and the Company for potential employees. I was really proud to be able to support that event as a Smith & Nephew employee.

"Smith & Nephew is a great place. You get to take on a lot of responsibility early on in your career and it’s a brilliant opportunity to grow as a professional."

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