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Supply Chain Intern (Strategic Sourcing)

Date:  Nov 29, 2023

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  28552
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 Supply Chain Intern on the Strategic Sourcing team, you will be responsible for a range of activities supporting the North America strategic sourcing and procurement teams. This group works closely with internal and external stakeholders to drive regional and global supply chain standards for Komatsu.

This position will be based onsite at our South Harbor location in Milwaukee’s Harbor District! The target start date for this role is January 2024 with the goal to be extended through Summer 2024. We offer full-time hours during the summer and flexible part-time hours during the academic year. Temporary relocation is not available for this role at this time. 

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Prepares supplier quote packages by gathering engineering drawings and specifications from various systems and distributes with direction from Category Managers.
  • Owner of procurement master data. Examples include - sets up suppliers in SAP, create info records, creates and maintains price databases. Supports the maintenance and control of material costs. Performs total landed cost analysis.
  • Follow-up and work directly with suppliers on aging quotes
  • Assist with identification, evaluation, and support for the development of sources of supply and commodity plans for OE (Original Equipment) and Aftermarket in accordance with SLQCD (safety, law, quality, delivery, and cost) principals as assigned
  • Drives, supports, and provides reporting and analytics for continuous improvement and supplier development and management in coordination with the Category Managers and New Product Development – Cost Optimization Project Managers to leverage spend and cost reductions.
  • Prepares engineering drawings and quoting packages.  Performs analysis on RFQs. Develops bid analysis summaries.
  • Extracts estimated annual usage and previous purchase price for cost impact analysis.

Basic Qualifications

  • Pursuing a bachelor's level degree in supply chain, Operations, IT, General Business or equivalent
  • Hold a rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior level in good academic standing
  • Ability to work independently as well a part of a team towards a goal
  • Excellent organization and personal time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Possess effective problem solving and critical thinking skills, able to be creative and resourceful when needed
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite products (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience in warehouse/distribution, customer service, or formal internship
  • Ability to read basics from an engineering print (will train)
  • ISM /APICS Certification a plus but not required
  • Creative, high energy, and self-motivated
  • Self-confidence and professionalism to interact with internal employees and external suppliers at all levels of the organization, both vertically and horizontally

What makes Komatsu's internship experience unique?

The Komatsu 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! We encourage you to learn more about our business by visiting


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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