Global Supply Chain Intern

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201

Company: Grainger Businesses

About Grainger:

Grainger is a leading broad line distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.

We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. As one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, we have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way with Grainger today.


Position Details:

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!


You Will:

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:


Branch Network: Develop reporting and provide data-based insights to leadership in order to drive profitable Will Call and Counter revenue growth, unparalleled service, operationally sound processes, and a culture of safety and team member engagement throughout the US and Canadian Branch Networks.

Contact Centers: Assess, design, and build solutions through process/technology changes that are aimed at improving customer experience and increasing the effectiveness of our customer service agents.

DC Support: Optimize inventory storage, reduce costs, and improve operational process flows by analyzing inventory and order data, partnering with local distribution center leadership, and researching alternate techniques with external vendors.

Global Supplier Performance Management: Partner with the overseas sourcing team to manage purchasing and availability of inventory for globally sourced items.

Inventory Systems: Determine where to stock, how much to stock, and when to replenish over 500k planned items across hundreds of North America Grainger locations.

Network Design: Determine and develop supply chain network strategy capabilities to accommodate current demand and future growth, leveraging forecasting tools, data analysis, and order routing logic.

Order to Cash: Drive customer experience improvements by analyzing order data and customer information to identify trends; partner cross-functionally to find and rollout solutions.

Regional Inventory: Partner with the branch network and distribution centers to plan inventory with a focus on the customer experience while driving increased revenue and reduced excess.

Supplier Performance Management: Work closely with suppliers to ensure they comply with and execute to Grainger’s Performance Metrics for all Purchase Orders.

Supply Chain Programs: Work cross-functionally in support of projects that align to Global Supply Chain/Customer Experience strategic roadmap focusing on reducing our cost to serve while maintaining/improving customer experience.

Transportation: Support Transportation Operations by enhancing current reporting, addressing current service issues, identifying cost reduction opportunities, and supporting operational design to deliver to customers a the right time for the right cost.



You Have:


  • 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, Marketing, 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 2024 – June 2025.


DEI Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.