Xylem Intern - Operational Purchasing - Summer 2019 in Morton Grove, Illinois

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com .

The Role: Xylem seeks to hire an intern for summer 2019, as a member of the Strategic Sourcing Organization. The candidate will assist in process development and maintenance, continuous improvement activities, and operations support. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to succeed in a fast paced, fluid environment, while ensuring that project initiatives are met. The candidate will also work closely with design and quality teams to insure the full integration of quality products. If you are excited and passionate to work on state-of-the art technology trends, we want to hear from you!

We want someone who:

  • Is interested in understanding how a purchasing department operates and learn the process steps and tasks involved in doing so

  • Is interested in learning how to manage material procurement with an international supply chain, and how such activities relate to a complex MRP environment, recommending and implementing quality improvements based on the associated metrics

  • Has the ability to solve problems (related to materials, designs, equipment, or people) in a timely manner

  • Wants to participate in the development and execution of new and improved procurement processes

  • Drive and help to establish best practices and standardization across organizations

  • Has a strong sense of ownership and drive

  • Wants to learn from experienced engineers, procurement specialists, and experienced buyers

  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Has strong customer focus

Minimum Requirements:

  • Attending an accredited University studying toward a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations, or equivalent

  • Minimum rising junior in standing

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Basic knowledge of test methodologies and statistical tools used to solve problems

  • Willingness to work in a manufacturing environment

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, orally with both local and remote sites

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment of engineers to meet aggressive goals and high quality standards

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment and work well as part of a team

Desired Requirements:

  • Have exposure toSix Sigma/Lean Methodology preferred

  • Have strong Microsoft Excel skills preferred

  • Experience working collaboratively within a team environment of other engineers to meet aggressive goals and high quality standards

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.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

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.)

  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.

  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours

EOE including disability and veteran