My name is Veronika Gulsett and I just started the third semester of my MSc in Business degree at BI Norwegian Business School, where I take a major in logistics, operations and supply chain management.
In our third semester, we can choose to have a fulltime internship in eight weeks, accounting for 12 ects. When I saw the internship position in the supply chain department of Orkla Foods, I knew what I wanted to do this semester. Orkla Foods both develop, produce and distribute several well-known products, and I thought it would be interesting to get to know the company, how the different departments interlink and how they work with their complex supply chain.
The different Orkla Foods brands, which all consist of several products
Three weeks have passed since I had my first day at Mastemyr, where Orkla Foods is located, and I have already learned a lot. Through a two-day introduction seminar with all the newly hired Orkla Foods employees, meetings with key-persons in the supply chain department, and casual lunch conversations, I have learned much about the company. What I find best is the including work environment and the fact that all the persons I have asked have taken time to answer my questions and help me out.
Besides introduction meetings and courses, most of my time have been occupied with a project revolving the inventory of Orkla Foods. I have been given the responsibility of analysing how the inventory level is at the different factories today, and based on that develop recommendations for how the inventory level can be reduced as well as developing an evaluation and improvement process. This has given me the opportunity to apply the theory I learned at BI and experience that the real business cases might be much more complex than the tasks we have solved in class.
The inventory level is a result of several other factors, such as the service level, costs, and forecasting precision. Working with this project is therefore giving me new input on how the different factors interlink, and a better understanding of the importance of cooperation between different departments. Being responsible for a project also develop me as a person, as I, among other, must be confident in the choices I make and prioritise where I should put my resources.
Most of the time is spent at this spot…
… but it has also been presentations, and I will visit some factories to get a better understanding of how the different processes works.
I am looking forward to the next five weeks, where I am sure my learning curve will continue to increase 🙂