Merchandising Operations Internship Summer 2018

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MI-Grand Rapids

Welcome to Gordon Food Service!  We are excited that you are thinking about opportunities with us, and we have an amazing story to share.  Here's a quick glance of who we are and the impact you could have on the food service industry.   Gordon Food Service At a Glance  There's a seat at our table for you..


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The Internship program at Gordon Food Service is a paid 13-week summer program designed to provide a learning experience outside of the classroom to high potential students with interest in our company.  We value this opportunity to deepen relationships across the company, community, and university environments, while also bringing new ideas and talent to our teams. The internship experience at GFS includes individual projects, mentoring, intern events, final presentations and evaluations.


As an Intern at Gordon Food Service you, under general supervision, will perform support tasks as directed involving administering a specialized program or performing a specialized assignment in a specific department.


Our talented Merchandising Operations team members are known for their high standards of productivity, attention to detail, and valuable team partnerships to achieve the best results. As an intern for our Merchandising Operations Team you would have the opportunity to work with several types of projects to support one of the following the Merchandising Opperations teams such as Non-Stock and Product data.  


Assigned Projects:​

Non-stock -

  • Requesting invoices for orders that are in the system for more than 60 days and forwarding to Accounts Payable for processing
  • Item maintenance as needed
  • Communicate shortages and cleaning up discontinued items at are on the confirmations

Product Data - 

  • Product attribute audit (weights, dimensions, taxability, etc.)
  • Barcode compliance audit


Essential Functions:

  • Enter, track, and report special orders to GFS sales force as needed.
  • Collaborate with special order vendors to expedite Customer Development Specialists (CDS) rush orders.
  • Initiate, negotiate and execute the return of drop-ship products to special order vendors.
  • Maintain special order processing within established guidelines.
  • Negotiate cost with special order vendors and updates vendor cost in GFS’ cost system. Implements proper margin of special order(s) in the system
  • Resolve special order vendor invoice and purchase order discrepancies and approves vendor freight payments
  • Harmonize data to a particular level, after measuring a baseline (90% of same-item codes across different warehouses have matching weights, for example.)
  • Improve vendor barcoding from a baseline by 15%, for example.


Program requirements and qualifications:

  • Must have at least one semester or more left of school to complete at the beginning of the internship (a senior who has already graduated will not be considered for an internship)
  • Graduation date between December 2018 and August 2019
  • Must be enrolled in a Bachelor program in  Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Logistics/Supply Chain or a relevant field
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; (transcript (unofficial is acceptable) required upon submission of application; please upload to your candidate file)
  • Must have good working knowledge oExcel
  • Must have effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Candidates must also demonstrate efforts to continuously improve, exhibit enthusiasm, high expectations of self, initiative, openness, optimism, teamwork, trustworthiness and willingness to invest the time and energy to be successful

Beyond some great experience to add to your resume, we can offer you:

  • Competitive pay --- get paid while you learn!
  • 401(k) match*
  • Relocation assistance if your home and school are both outside West Michigan*
  • Networking opportunities, inside and outside of Gordon Food Service
  • Exposure to our unique culture -- use your internship to learn what's important to you.

*Must meet eligibility requirements to participate


Be part of an amazing culture where what matters to you, matters to us!


Gordon Food Service values our customers and understands that their success is largely dependent upon their workforce.  To demonstrate our commitment to our partnership, we will require any candidate who works for a Gordon Food Service customer to provide a letter of support from their management if they are selected for the interview process.  



We take care of each other at Gordon Food Service.  Employees love our competitive benefit plans, which include all the things you would expect and a few that you might not! 
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Gordon Food Service is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants and employees will receive consideration for employment, or in terms or conditions of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.   The EEO is the Law poster is available here:

If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please submit your request to and use the words “Accommodation Request” in your subject line. Please keep in mind this method is reserved for individuals who require accommodation due to a disability.

All Gordon Food Service locations are tobacco free.

Gordon Food Service is a drug free workplace and drug tests all employees.  



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