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ITW Sourcing Specialist Intern in Des Plaines, Illinois

ITW Appliance Components serves all the major Appliance OEM in the US, Europe, Asia, and Mexico and their tier suppliers. This global division manufactures mechanical, electromechanical and electrical components and assemblies with a variety of manufacturing processes. We have locations in the US, China, Mexico, the UK, Slovenia, New Zealand, Bulgaria and Italy. ITW Industrial Components is a separate Business Unit within the ITW Appliance Division focused on industrial customers and applications.

The division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions and application engineering. In addition to ITW’s industry leading research and development capabilities, the division enhances our customers’ competitive advantage by . . .

  • Maintaining advanced global engineering and manufacturing facilities.

  • Identifying customer needs to provide continued added value solutions.

  • Continually improving processes, material and designs to ensure every solution exceeds customer expectations while providing unparalleled value.

Position Summary :

This position is expected to work on-site during the summer of 2024. As a Sourcing Specialist Intern , you will work with the Sourcing team and support projects with data analysis, inter-department communications and minor project management. This position reports to the Senior Sourcing Specialist and is based in Des Plaines, IL.

Core Responsibilities :

  • Research to identify world class suppliers for the different product lines to be sourced. (Stamped components, thermoset molding and plating)

  • Gain knowledge of best practices for vendor management and apply them to new and existing suppliers.

  • Willingness to work across multiple departments to collect data/information on supplier performance.

  • Identify sourcing opportunities to drive savings and cost avoidance via spend analysis, stakeholder interviews, improving on time delivery and quality improvements.

  • Quantify the benefits of sourcing initiatives including the expected savings and baseline spend.

  • Influencing key stakeholders on strategy initiatives.

  • Partner across the organization to improve financial results related to sourcing activities.

  • Utilize project management skills to create a timeline, set milestones, measure progress, and report findings to team.

  • Work as part of a cross-functional team that includes members from other Corporate ITW teams such as Spend Management and Trade Compliance.

Expected Intern Learning :

  • Gain critical exposure to sourcing objectives.

  • Project participation in many functional areas.

  • Develop basic understanding of assigned commodities: current market conditions, key cost drivers, global supply base, and industry terminology, as it relates to creating competitive purchasing programs for ITW companies.

Job Requirements :

  • Rising Senior pursuing a Supply Chain Management or Business degree.

  • Competent working with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

  • Strong attention to detail, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Eagerness to learn, demonstrated curiosity and a drive to excel.

  • Must enjoy being hands on.

  • Ability to travel for supplier visits.

Job Competencies :

  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making: * Ability to make logical and sound decisions and to know when to act independently and when to seek assistance *.

  • *Curiosity & Learning Orientation: * Actively identifying new areas for learning and applying newly gained knowledge/skill on the job.

  • Drive to Excel: Driven to succeed and willing to go the extra mile. Perseveres in the face of obstacles and challenges.

  • Interpersonal Skills & Communication: Ability to work collaboratively and partner well with others, express oneself verbally and in writing, and listen well.

Physical Demands :

The physical demands described 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.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. The employee is required to stand; walk, sit and use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.

  • Required to use Personal Protective Equipment and comply with all company and OSHA safety and work policies.

Only qualified selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls or email inquiries please. Pre-employment, post offer drug screen and physical required on selected candidate.

EOE/AAF/M/D/V. ITW 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.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential.

As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship.

_All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. _

ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.