Toyota Motor Europe

Internship Toyota Production System Manufacturing Cost & Productivity Management

Job ID
Business Area
Production Control, Planning and Productivity
Brussel (Evere)

Company Information

TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation. Founded in 1937, Toyota now sells vehicles in 170 countries and employs over 300.000 people. As a company, Toyota Motor Europe focuses on sustainability and future generations and strongly promotes diversity, inclusion and gender equality. We are highly interested in receiving the applications from professionals of all backgrounds and genders looking to build their career in either scientific, engineering or corporate positions.
Based in Brussels, Belgium, and staffed by 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories, and manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operations.
For Toyota, Quality is a way of life. Nothing is so good that it cannot be made better, that is why we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. This basic principle for us is called: “KAIZEN” and is what guides us in our pursuit of best Quality and the delivery of unparalleled customer’s satisfaction.

Your Profile

• You have a Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Economics or Business Management background
• You have affinity with automotive and are passionate about quality
• You are very highly numeric, with strong logical and analytical skills (Excel & Access)
• As a self-starter you demonstrate pro-activeness and ownership in projects
• You have the ability to develop creative ways for operational and cost improvement and generate new ideas with deep analysis
• You are a pragmatic problem solver, result driven
• You are strong communicator, able to convey and receive messages to/from all levels in the organisation (shop floor to management)
• You are fluent in English, any other European language is an asset
You have a Toyota DNA, this means you:
• Wish to develop and are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets
• Seek facts before making recommendations or decisions
• Have strong planning and organizing skills
• Enjoy working in a team, respecting others
• Have excellent communication skills

Your team and your responsibilities

Department description
Belonging to Toyota Production System (TPS) Function, Productivity Management department is responsible for evaluating & supporting European Manufacturing Company (EMC) operational efficiency and cost reduction.
This will lead to accelerating further challenge towards global competitiveness (promote productivity improvement based on TPS thinking way) of our European Operations.

• Guide EMCs to set challenging targets consistent with company direction.
• Visualize overall and shop by shop EMC’s current status to detect main problems.
• Follow up and support EMC’s to proceed Kaizen activities based on the improvement plan, in close co-operation with the Operations Management Development Teams.
• Stimulate/organize effective development among EMCs based on best practice sharing (“Yokoten”).
• Develop expertize to support EMCs on specific productivity issues.


Your Project
Analyse, evaluate one of the EMC’s productivity status & support their productivity improvement activities.

To achieve this will need to:
• Learn and understand TPS basic thinking way.
• Acquire a deep understanding of Toyota’s Productivity Management System.
• Acquire basic understanding of Production Processes and the key drivers of their efficiency.
• Define strategies of the improvement ideas with related key functions.
•  Implement “Kaizen” and confirm the achievement of target.


Place of  employment:  Toyota Motor Europe,  Head Office - Brussels (Evere)
Starting date: 01/06/2020
Duration: 6 Months
Confidentiality: Due to business requirement, some specific data may not be possible to be reflected in the internship report. This issue needs to be discussed with candidate/school in advance.
It is mandatory that applicants are students for the entire period of the internship.


We can only accept students with an EEA or Swiss citizenship (not requiring a work permit or visa to be eligible to perform an internship in Belgium)


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