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Supply Chain Intern

Date:  Jul 24, 2024

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  30632
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

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.

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, you will be responsible for a range of support activities for the Indirect Strategic Sourcing Department. This team provides support by vetting our supply base, introducing contracts, and maintaining supplier relationships for all non-production parts and services in accordance to quality, cost, and delivery requirements and to ensure continuous improvement of QDC to maximize output for our customers. 

This onsite position will be based onsite 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

Key Responsibilities may include:

  • Prepares supplier quote packages by gathering engineering drawings and specifications from various systems and distributes with direction from Category Managers. 
    • 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.
    • Supports suppliers with issues opening protected drawings
  • Follow-up with suppliers on aging quotes 
  • Assist with identification, evaluation, and support for the development of sources of supply and commodity plans for OE and Aftermarket in accordance with SLQCD 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. 


Basic Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s or advanced degree in Operation, Supply Chain, Business Administration, Engineering (Or other data focused majors), 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, Teams)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background or course work in Data analysis economics, or mathematics.
  • 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 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! While you wait for future communication from our team, 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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