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2024 Summer Intern: Strategic Procurement Specialist

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2024 Summer Intern: Strategic Procurement Specialist

Charlotte, NC
  • Responsibilities

    At a Glance

    • You’re a motivated rising junior or senior student with a 3.0 GPA or higher seeking a degree in one of the following areas listed below from an accredited college or university:
      • Supply Chain Management
    • This is a learning-intensive program designed to give you essential business insights and hands-on experience in your field of choice. It’s a full-time, 10-week commitment from May 29, 2024 through August 2, 2024.
    • Benefits include professional development sessions, networking opportunities, and mentorship.

    The Spectrum Internship Experience

    You have clear aspirations and are seeking a summer internship program that will help you meet them. Find it at Spectrum, named one of the 2023 Top 100 Internship Programs in the United States by WayUp and Yello.

    Our internships are designed to provide:

    • Opportunities to gain new skills and elevate the ones you already have, all in a robust and forward-thinking business setting.
    • First-rate, hands-on experience in the telecommunications industry.
    • Opportunities to connect you with people who can give you a better understanding of the industry and help you accomplish real goals you can add to your résumé, this includes assigning you a formal mentor and interactions with senior executives.

    What you can expect in this role

    As a Spectrum Intern, you’ll be essential to two teams — your respective department and your Intern peer group. Department and team-focused projects account for about 80% of your schedule. You’ll spend the other 20% on professional development sessions and networking activities, including the Kickoff Conference on May 29th, webinars, community service, cross-functional project, and final presentations.

    Internship responsibilities may include

    Catalog/Job Code Management – A key responsibility of the Procurement organization is the management of tens of thousands of materials and services on catalog that account for billions of dollars in spend.

    1. “Mini” RFx – Procurement will look to engage the intern in an RFx process where they have the opportunity to shadow a Procurement Manager through requirements gathering, RFx issuance, negotiations, analysis, and award. This will provide the intern a look into Charter’s procurement process, allowing them to think strategically throughout the process and provide them the opportunity to bring new ideas and perspective.
    2. Improving Reporting Capabilities – Charter’s Procure-To-Pay and ERP system readily captures thousands of transactions every day that is not readily presented in a format that is helpful for sourcing managers to make key sourcing decisions. Using raw data from these systems, the intern will help develop meaningful excel reports that provide deep insights into purchasing transactions and potential savings opportunities.
    3. Assessment/Validation of Items in System – With thousands of materials and services on catalog, discrepancies between what is stated in our contracts and what is listed in our systems occasionally occur. Auditing and identifying these discrepancies is crucial in ensuring that we are not overpaying or miscalculating warehouse deliveries. The intern will analyze invoice data from key suppliers to ensure compliance with contracted terms.

    Supplier Management - Procurement works with thousands of suppliers that provide a variety of materials and services, and each and every one can present a unique challenge to overcome on a daily basis.

    1. Day-to-Day Management – Whether there are shipping delays resulting from world events, or disagreements in contracted language, the Procurement team is regularly faced with supplier related issues, and the intern will gain experience in working to resolve those issues.
    2. Supplier Databases – The intern will help keep supplier databases updated, as well as work to further develop and improve the databases where possible.

    Contract Management – Contracts serve as the source of truth for the agreed upon terms and conditions for how suppliers interact and conduct business with Charter, and the management of those contracts fall under the Procurement Team’s realm of responsibilities.

    1. Contracting – With contracts frequently needing to be renewed or newly issued, the intern will have the opportunity to work through the contracting process with a supplier. This task would include developing a deep understanding of all the sections of a contract, the redlining and negotiation process, and final contract execution.

    Here’s what it takes to get started

    Required qualifications

    • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited College or University completing a Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Degree
    • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA or greater in current program
    • Ability to travel locally to Spectrum Intern development events and activities throughout the program
    • Authorization to work in the U.S. without restrictions or need for future sponsorship

    Preferred qualifications

    • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks.
    • Analytical skills
    • Collaboration skills
    • Communication skills – verbal and written
    • Drives results through effective project and time management
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access

    GGN100 2024-29435 2024

    Here, employees don’t just have jobs, they build careers. That’s why we believe in offering a comprehensive pay and benefits package that rewards employees for their contributions to our success, supports all aspects of their well-being, and delivers real value at every stage of life.

    A qualified applicant’s criminal history, if any, will be considered in a manner consistent with applicable laws, including local ordinances.

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  • Fun Fact
    Spectrum Scholars launched in 2020 and awards $400,000 in scholarships to eligible college students.
  • About Us

    Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.