Award helps graduate land job at Cummins Generator Technologies

Michael Sisask
Michael Sisask
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A UNIVERSITY graduate won a top award for the dissertation which helped him clinch a job with one of Stamford’s biggest employers.

Michael Sisask, of St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, won the dissertation of the year award from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s Undergraduate Logistics.

He carried out his research at Cummins Generator Technologies, where he had worked as a placement student, before securing a permanent job with the firm last summer.

His university tutor was so impressed with the dissertation he encouraged Michael to go for the award, which was presented to him at a ceremony in Portsmouth last month.

Tutor Jonathan Owens said: “I have been assessing undergraduate dissertations for more than 10 years and I felt Michael’s work was exceptional which is why I recommended him for this award.

“His work has now been benchmarked against graduates from universities from across the UK and has been considered to be the best of the best. This is such a fabulous accomplishment for him in the infancy of his career.”

Michael, 23, was delighted with the award and the £250 prize.

He said: “I definitely think the dissertation helped me to get a job here as people had seen me doing the research and when I came for the interview I could explain more about what I had been doing.”

The dissertation looked at how Cummins buys its materials to identify ways to reduce costs.

He said: “My study reviewed trends within supply chains and the development of the purchasing function over recent years. It also highlighted areas of key importance and discussed potential issues that businesses, such as Cummins, may face in today’s global marketplace.”

Michael is now able to use his research in his role as a commodities management graduate where he is responsible for buying the company’s steel and copper supplies.