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Job Title: Purchasing Internship - Winter Break 2020

Company: Clark Associates, Inc.

If you are an undergraduate student who will be in the Lancaster area during your 2020 winter break, this is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience in one of Central PA's fastest growing companies! This is an IN-PERSON internship; you must be able to commute to our Lancaster campus. 

At Clark, procurement is more than simply buying inventory; it’s carrying a product through its entire life cycle.  We find the products, negotiate costs and programs, set pricing, create a marketing plan, and manage inventory. Because we manage the process from start to finish, we are able to create and execute efficient strategies to increase our share of the market.

Our e-commerce company,, has revolutionized supply chain in the foodservice industry, changing the way that everything from foam cups to freezers get into kitchens and storerooms of restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals around the world. As a company, we continue to achieve unprecedented and unparalleled growth. Whether importing from overseas or developing new products with domestic partners, we work hard to increase our lead within one of the world’s oldest and largest industries.

Your challenge as a procurement intern will be to maintain and propel that growth through our three separate and unique channels of distribution: Clark Food Service Equipment (traditional dealer model), The Restaurant Store (cash and carry model), and (e-commerce model). This opportunity allows you to be an integral part of a fast-paced, challenging work environment focused on research, product development, sourcing, negotiating, inventory control, marketing and much more. You will have direct Influence over the way thousands of dollars of inventory move from our vendors, through our 11 stores and 14 distribution centers, and finally, to the end user.

 Job responsibilities:

  • Evaluating and onboarding new vendors or products
  • Researching product pricing to stay competitive within the industry
  • Creating and analyzing reports to assist with purchasing decisions including pricing, inventory levels, stocking locations, and more
  • Exploring sourcing options
  • Building manufacturer relationships
  • Managing inventory
  • Creating marketing plans

Job skills:

  • Ambitious and hardworking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Can balance a large workload
  • Creative thinker
  • Enjoys a challenge and desires to learn and grow
  • Strong computer skills; emphasis in Excel to manipulate data using formulas/programming 

No industry knowledge necessary. Applicants can expect to gain comprehensive, real-world experience in marketing, supply chain, and relationship management, as well as a thorough understanding of the complexities of the foodservice industry.

We offer competitive pay and an on-site employee cafe and gym. 80% of interns are hired full-time upon graduation!

Please include a cover letter with your application.