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Purchasing Intern (Supply Chain)

Date:  Feb 12, 2024
Location: 

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  29439
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the mining, forestry, industrial, and construction industries that maximizes value for customers through innovative solutions. With a full line of products supported by our advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and global service network, we help customers safely and sustainably optimize their operations. Our Komatsu, P&H, Joy, Montabert, and Modular Mining products and related services are used to extract fundamental minerals and develop modern infrastructure.

Job Overview

At Komatsu, we create value through manufacturing and technology innovation to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses, and our planet thrive together. As an intern at Komatsu, you will have the opportunity to apply your education in a real-world setting; participate in significant, value-adding projects alongside an experienced mentor, and support your team members in achieving department goals that impact our business and beyond.

How you will help us create value together:

As a Purchasing Intern, you will be responsible for a range of support activities for the Purchasing Department. This team provides support by maintaining our suppliers for all production parts in accordance with safety, quality, delivery and cost requirements and to ensure continuous improvement of QDC to maximize output for our customers.  

This onsite position will be based at our South Harbor location in Milwaukee’s Harbor District. The target start date for this role is Summer 2024 and has potential to be extended into the Fall 2024 school semester. We offer full-time hours during the summer and flexible part-time hours during the academic year. 

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the performance leader to complete various projects and duties related to purchasing.
  • Interact with internal/external customers and suppliers to respond to requests and questions. 
  • Identify, plan, and implement key projects to improve quality, reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve cycle time by reducing wasted time, rework, etc. 
  • Responsible for data entry, database creation/maintenance, and data analysis as needed by the team.
  • Support the day-to-day transactions and documentation of supply chain operations. 
  • You will have the opportunity to directly impact the business by executing purchase orders, reviewing exception messages, and expediting as needed. 
  • Working cross functionally to ensure goods meet our quality, cost, and delivery requirements.  
  • Other duties and projects may be assigned. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s or advanced degree in BA/BS Degree in Business, Operations, Supply Chain Management, Engineering (or equivalent), or similar, from an accredited college or university
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or master’s level student in good academic standing
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team towards a goal
  • Excellent organization and personal time management skills, ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess effective problem solving and critical thinking skills; ability to be creative and resourceful when needed
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite products (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background or course work in Data analysis economics, or mathematics. 
  • ISM /APICS course exposure a plus but not required.
  • Creative, high energy, and self-motivated 
  • Excellent PC software skills with Windows Operating system. SAP ERP System. 
  • Exposure to, experience in, or understanding of MRP (Material Requirement Planning) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and the ability to maintain data to accomplish company production strategies/goals. Preferably in SAP but any ERP system is beneficial. 
  • Understanding of the concepts around or experience in Bills of Materials, Routings, Blueprint Reading, Purchasing, Inventory Control and Order Processing functions. 
  • Interest in or aptitude to learn about careers in the heavy equipment industry. 

Additional Information

What makes Komatsu’s intern program unique?

The Milwaukee Internship Program is rooted in community, collaboration, and innovation. Intern program perks include:

  • Several Intern-inclusive networking opportunities such as:
    • Meet & greets with executive leadership
    • Volunteer Week
    • Appreciation Events
    • End-of-Summer Capstone presentations
    • Company-sponsored travel opportunities
  • Access to amenities at Milwaukee HQ’s including a coffee shop, cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch, and free onsite fitness center
  • Potential to come back or join us as full-time employees
  • Real-world project work alongside local, regional, and global team members
  • Mentorship from experienced subject-matter experts in your field


We’re excited that you’re interested in an internship with Komatsu, and we look forward to reviewing your application! While you wait for future communication from our team, we encourage you to learn more about our business by visiting www.komatsu.com.

Komatsu 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.

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