Merchandising & Supplier Management Intern

Date: Sep 16, 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:


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 life cycle 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.


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.