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Supply Chain / Supplier Management Summer Internship

W.W. Grainger, Inc. is a business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, and other related products and services. More than 3 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products in categories such as safety, material handling and metalworking, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,200 suppliers provide Grainger with 1.7 million products stocked in the company’s distribution centers (DCs) and branches worldwide. Grainger employs nearly 25,000 team members across the globe.
At Grainger, we’re committed to our purpose – We Keep the World Working. Grainger is a Fortune 500 company and a perennial member of Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies list.
During the 10 week paid internship, there is an opportunity to further explore your career options while simultaneously gaining intensive, hands-on experience. You will be part of a structured experience that combines learning about our business, contributing to your department and having fun. Each intern will have a meaningful project that contributes to the Grainger business and will provide a formal presentation to leaders and fellow team members at the end of the program. The summer schedule is filled with professional development sessions, executive learning sessions and social events to connect with other interns. All interns are afforded the opportunity to directly learn how the best in class supply chain organization operates!
We are looking for students who have a strong interest in continuous learning, great communication skills, and a passion to contribute to an outstanding team. The below information demonstrates what skills are vital to succeed in the internship program. As an intern, you could potentially be placed in one of the following areas:
Potential Areas
Global Supply Chain                                                     What They Do? 
Branch Network
Partner with branch teams on continuous improvement to reduce costs and better serve our will-call and counter-order customers.
Contact Centers
Strategy team with a focus on customer experience process improvement.
DC Engineering / Space Management
Team with a focus on storage and space optimization.
Inventory Programs / GGS
Grainger Global Sourcing and inventory focus.
Inventory Systems
Determine where to stock inventory for hundreds of Grainger locations across the U.S. based on inventory flows and product strategy.
Network Design
Network design strategy and planning focus.
Order to Cash
Work to continue creating a flawless end-to-end order experience for customers and team members.
Regional Inventory
Regional inventory focus.
Supplier Performance Management
Work closely with suppliers to ensure they meet Grainger compliance, regulatory, and customer service requirements.
Supply Chain Programs
Supply Chain Programs focus.
Partner with carriers and internal Supply Chain stakeholders to optimize freight spend and enhance delivery experience for Grainger’s customers.
Merchandising / Supplier ManagementMerchandising / Supplier Management
GGS Engineering
Support the building of cost transparencies for private label negotiation discussions and learn about the value of global sourcing to the organization.
M&SM Operations
Learn the work that supports supplier contracts, product cost changes, reporting and analytics, customer specific solutions, product lifecycle transitions, or product compliance.
Product Information & Search
Define and manage internal product taxonomy, attribute schema, product classification and search results to ensure customers can find, select, and confirm product selections.
Supplier Management
Determine product category strategy by selecting products and suppliers, negotiating product cost, and managing the accuracy of product information for items sourced domestically and internationally.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • No visa sponsorships now or in the future.
  • Currently enrolled in a college or University, working towards a bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, Business, Business Analytics, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics or related majors.   
  • Intermediate level of expertise in MS Office is required (especially enhanced Excel capabilities).
  • Proven communication (written / verbal), interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Proven analytical skills including an ability to synthesize information, reach logical conclusions, evaluate and improve processes.
  • Expected graduation between December 2021 and June 2022 
Grainger is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.