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Product Management Internship

| Northwest Suburbs

Company Overview

Welcome!

Zoro's an aggressive, hyper-growth ecommerce company that sells industrial supplies to business customers throughout the US. In the past 7 years we've grown from a group of 6 people working 2,000 square foot building, offering fewer than 100,000 products to a group of 275+ working out of a 60,000+ square foot building, offering more than 2 million unique products. We've been successful in growing in large part due to our team. Zoro hires bright & hard-working individuals that are intent on growing our business & serving our customers. And we're looking to grow further!

Zoro is currently offering one paid internship for a passionate & driven individual interested in joining our Product Management team for the summer of 2019. This is a full-time opportunity and will start early June and end in late August. The start and end dates can be flexible based on your semester schedule.

Position Description

In terms of responsibilities, our Product Management group is responsible for managing both the company's product offering and its community of suppliers. The individual chosen will learn about the daily operations of this function including managing item additions, product data & content, and supplier interaction & negotiation. There will also be a high degree of cross-functional interaction as our team regularly engages with groups across our company including pricing, marketing, ecommerce, supply chain & operations, customer service, finance, legal, and others.

Interns can expect to be tasked with developing & executing an expansion strategy for an assigned category of products. At the conclusion of their internship, candidates will be given the opportunity to present their findings to senior leadership at Zoro. Types of things you can expect out of this internship:

  • Using primary & secondary market research data to gain an educated understanding of our market & competitive environment.
  • Gaining a thorough understanding of Zoro's existing customer base and target demographic.
  • Benchmarking Zoro against relevant competitors.
  • Analyzing financial information to understand the health of the assigned category of products.
  • Working with Zoro suppliers to develop a relevant product & brand offering to meet the needs of the Zoro customer.
  • Synthesizing learnings and developing a product expansion roadmap to better position Zoro competitively in the future.

Position Requirements:

 

Ideal candidates would be individuals with a high-level of interest and aptitude – although not necessarily a mastery of specific business concepts. Skills of value:

  • Ability to learn quickly, natural curiosity, a willingness to figure things out, and make things work
  • Drive, get up & go, entrepreneurial spirit, a bias toward action
  • Ability to build positive relationships with others – direct teammates, cross-functional partners, and suppliers
  • Analytical ability, data-based decision making skills, ability to make good decisions with incomplete information
  • Willingness to experiment, take risks, and try new things without fear of failing
  • A sense of humor, a fun-loving demeanor, and a good attitude

Preferably, our intern will be entering his or her Senior year. Educational backgrounds in business administration, marketing, economics, supply chain, ecommerce, or merchandising are preferred but not required. Basic skills in Excel and PowerPoint are required. SQL experience is preferred.

EEOC Statement

Zoro 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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • PythonLanguages
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • JIRAManagement

Location

One office is in River North (Chicago), a community blossoming with culture and nightlife, and the other is in the northern suburb of Buffalo Grove.

An Insider's view of Zoro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We are driven and work hard, because we are growing like crazy! We are in this together because we want to be, not because we have to. On the flip side, I've never missed one of my kid's ball games, concerts, parent-teacher conferences, and when I take a vacation, I'm actually allowed to take it (of course, I'm available if you need me, team)! :-)

Adam

HR Leader

What are Zoro Perks + Benefits

Zoro Benefits Overview

Very competitive package - beyond your base salary, we offer bonuses, a 401(k) match and additional 401(k) incentive contribution, a full-scope of medical/dental/vision/life insurance benefits, voluntary benefits, shuttle service, a bunch of free food (free coffee, soft drinks, snacks, and free meals from time-to-time). Our North Suburb office has a subsidized cafe inside our offices that is a breakfast/lunch spot and coffee bar, in addition to a game room, recreation area and a rock room... yes a rock room... bring your axe and rock out on a break!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Optional Voluntary Benefit
Wellness Programs
Discount partnership with Sky Fitness.
Onsite Gym
Buffalo Grove equipped with workout bench, dumbells, free weights, a basketball court, badminton court, ping pong, air hockey, bags, golf net, outdoor volleyball, and we've even played quiddich!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
3.5% contribution by Zoro on a bi-weekly basis (whether you contribute or not). Additional 3.5% target contribution based on annual company performance.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We've won a Dave Thomas award for having a solid adoption assistance program - that's pretty cool!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Starting at 18 days per year with carryover option of up to 5 days.
Paid Volunteer Time
We like to give back to the local community. We have team builders focused on helping a variety of philanthropic organizations.
Paid Holidays
Zoro offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We feature a range from shorts and t-shirts to those who embrace "Tie Tuesdays". Wear what makes you comfortable, but you may want to clean it up if you have an important customer in town!
Commuter Benefits
In our North Suburb office, we feature shuttle service to/from Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, and Deerfield stops. Also a commuter benefit program available as a voluntary benefit.
Company Outings
We've done many of these. From ball games to luaus to olympics to the zoo - Zoro finds ways to treat employees to lots of fun.
Game Room
Basketball, bags, driving range net, ping pong, badminton, video games, music room... we even played quiddich in our warehouse for our Harry Potter-themed Halloween event!
Stocked Kitchen
All offices feature coffee, soft drinks, sparkling water, tea, popcorn machine, random snacking opportunities, as well as an on-site cafe in our North Suburb office.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Sometimes happy hours provided by the company, but many team members get together outside of work because they want to, not because they have to!
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Softball, bowling, and dragon boat racing team... yes, dragon boat racing!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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