Strategic Sourcing Intern

Palatine, IL

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Summary of responsibilities:

The Strategic Sourcing Intern will report to the Strategic Sourcing VP and will collaborate with Commodity Managers, stakeholders and external suppliers.  The Intern will lead and implement several appropriately scoped projects, designed to expose them to areas of Strategic Sourcing.  Some examples:

  • Analytics (spend analysis, cost modeling, market analysis)
  • Request for Proposal (RFP Process, preparation, negotiation, business awards)
  • Supplier Quality Improvement (Root Cause Analysis and Improvement Plan)
  • SAP

Proposed Project to be completed:

  1. Manage a small spend RFP project through all phases of the process to implementation (SKU’s and spend to be defined, most likely within the Indirect Sourcing space), with a goal to implement 5% productivity.
  2. Work together with VP or Commodity Manager (CM) to develop and implement new views of supplier and commodity spend data analysis and interpretation, to be used in support of our annual Strategy and Business Plan Process. Example could be Igniter Commodity/Market research
  3. Quality data analysis utilizing basic/entry level six sigma analysis tools to identify trends in poor supplier quality and work together with VP and CM to confirm root cause and improvement plans

Requested Schedule/Work hours:

Internship Program dates: May 20th – August 9th 2019

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (hour unpaid lunch)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (include the following, other duties may be assigned)

  • Manage a RFP, implement a minimum of 5% savings (idea is to go after a subset of parts to teach the process as well as obtain productivity in a small or previously untouched area of spend)
  • Conduct spend analytics and interpret results/make recommendations (mentored by VP and/or CM)
  • Visit local suppliers with VP and Commodity Mgr, learn overview of manufacturing/process and supplier relationship management
  • Conduct Supplier Quality Data Analysis

Intern program:

  • Participate in attend weekly intern lunch discussions/training
  • Define and complete a series of goals
  • Create, execute and measure a project or projects
  • Develop a presentation at the conclusion of the internship based on learnings from the summer

Metrics: Success for the Intern will result in:

  • Identifying and accomplishing 1 personal goal and 3-4 business goals.
  • A final presentation in front of the appropriate team.
  • Generate a minimum of 5% productivity through RFP
  • Generate and interpret spend analytics for strategy creation
  • Generate and interpret quality data and analytics for Supplier Quality improvement

Required Skills:

  • Strong Analytics
  • Quick learner
  • Drives results / competitive
  • Good communicator / works well with people
  • Enjoys driving change / leadership

Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time. When working from home the intern is expected to be working and if there are any violations of this trust the individual will be asked to come to office to work those shifts.

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Project Management - Develops project work breakdown structure; Develop project timeline; Assigns task responsibilities and tracks progress; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Strong organizational abilities – Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage multiple projects at the same time; Gather and organize information and deliverables in a logical manner; Prioritizes and plans work activities; Be able to provide updates on multiple subjects in a timely manner; Develop clear project goals and tasks required to achieve goals
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Problem Solving - Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; Gather and analyze information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Communicates effectively with all levels of the organization; Writes clearly and informatively;
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Qualifications to perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Education and/or Experience
Currently enrolled in a 4 year university/college pursuing a BS or BA degree.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:


Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Primary work completed in the corporate offices of Weber-Stephen Products, LLC’s in Illinois. 


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