Waste Management Fall Intern - Vendor Relations in Lombard, Illinois

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

Grow you career! Grow your network! Grow with Waste Management! If you bring the passion for customer service, we will give you a fun and engaging work environment, a great compensation and benefits package, and opportunities to grow with our organization. Waste Management is looking for goal oriented, Customer Focused team members like you to provide world-class customer service to our customers. What are you waiting for apply today?

I. Job Summary

Reporting to the Supervisor of Vendor Relations, this position will be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of Waste management & third-party relations.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned and may vary by department.

  • Addresses day-to-day issues related to the Vendor contracts, and works with internal partners to resolve issues in a timely manner.

  • Assist Manager in any internal oversight or external regulatory audits.

  • Ensures Vendors are meeting contractual obligations.

  • Assist as necessary with the on-boarding process of all new vendors.

  • Reviews and analyzes processes and procedures to identify needs and provide recommendations with high emphasis on continuous improvement.

  • Obtaining quotes, negotiate Service Cost Rates and award work and contracts with Waste Management Market areas, third party vendors and Franchise Entities.

  • Interacts externally to resolve issues effecting operations. This includes, but is not limited to vendors, and other outsourced companies.

  • Records all incoming issues, reconciling and settling all AP inquiries such as vendor statements, negotiating payment terms, and following up with vendors to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Assists with developing and implementing process improvement solutions related to vendor processes and works with operating areas to implement.

  • Resolves issues with individual invoices to allow the invoices to be approved for payment

III. Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This job has no supervisory duties.

IV. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

  • Education: Interns must have a High school diploma or GED (accredited) and be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (accredited) in a field of study relevant to the internship. Completed Course Work Hours: 60.0

  • Experience: No prior work experience required

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

  • None required

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

  • Ability to start September (End date Flexible - Ability to work entire school year if possible)

  • Ability to work 20 to 40 hrs / week M-F between 6 am – 6 pm- hours are totally flexible for your school schedule

  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to prioritize based on department and company needs

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

  • Detail orientated and excellent problem solving skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites

  • Preferred: Intermediate level in Excel (pivot tables and v-lookups are standard practice)

V. Work Environment and Essential Functions

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc) most of the work day;

Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely;

Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc) rarely;

Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rarely;

Normal setting for this job is: office setting.


At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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I understand that applying to this job indicates that I have the legal right to work in the United States. I agree to perform physical duties of this position as outlined in the job with or without reasonable accommodations. I understand that if offered the position, I will be required to pass a drug screen.