My Industrial Placement Year At Xerox

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During my industrial placement year at Xerox, I have come to realize a lot about myself. I came to Xerox, already knowing that I wanted a career in Finance; I had taken numerous Finance courses and thought I knew exactly what I was headed for. Over the span of 53 weeks, I came to realize that it is much harder to put the theories I have learned into practice. Nevertheless, working in the commercial finance department at Xerox has taught me so much, and gave me the opportunity to improve my transferable skills and develop as an individual.
The role has me working alongside the European Commercial and Bids Pricing (C&BP) team in identifying trends on the pricing behaviour in certain product segments and market condition across Europe. The report is heavily based on Microsoft Excel and will be key for the country pricing managers across Europe to benchmark their decisions. Also, I am responsible for developing the pricing library and maintaining the website for European commercial and Bids pricing. On top of this, I am involved in a number of ad hoc projects to support various activities within the European (C&BP), such as supporting the pricing set up of new product launch analysis on specific pricing challenges.
First month in my placement as commercial price analyst was critical for me, because majority of students in placement have at least two week hand over period working and learning alongside the current industrial placement student. As for me, I had no hand over
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