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Operational Excellence Intern

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Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne Corporation), with 2019 revenues of $2.9 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:

  • Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
  • Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses

Avient employs approximately 9,100 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care® and a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.  For more information, visit www.avient.com


At Avient, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE and Pride to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as Avient Academy, Lean Six Sigma training, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, and paid time off for community service, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum.

At Avient, we believe diversity of ideas and backgrounds gives us the creativity to be successful in a rapidly changing world.  In support of this, we stress equality of opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable laws. Decisions on hiring, promotion, development, compensation or advancement are based solely on a person’s qualifications, abilities, experience and performance.


Avient is seeking a summer MBA intern to join the Operational Excellence team, which provides global solutions and services to enable Avient and its customers to reach world-class performance. The Operational Excellence Internship provides a current MBA student the opportunity to engage in projects within operations management, sourcing, logistics, or manufacturing as well as exposure to Avient Lean Six Sigma training. Improvement activities may include the following areas: distribution, supply planning, strategic sourcing, customer management, demand management, master scheduling & planning, inventory management, research & development, and network optimization.  During the internship, students will establish relationships with peers and leaders, learn fundamentals and receive coaching performance feedback from the Avient leadership.  An internship in the Operational Excellence group, successfully completed, could lead to an opportunity to join the Operational Excellence Leadership Development Program with Avient after graduation. Individuals in this program lead and assist in high-profile improvement initiatives across the global organization in part through application of Avient’s LSS Black Belt program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and / or participate in cross-functional project teams – typically within operations and supply chain.
  • Make recommendations to management based on business case and analysis.
  • Assist in the creation of world-class internal processes in areas such as strategic supplier management, contract management, operations, and operations planning.
  • Interface with Operational Excellence department and a wide variety of functional areas within the business units to insure improvements are implemented and sustained.
  • Identify and develop key operational excellence metrics and measures to facilitate performance improvements.
  • Interact with senior management, build internal network and relationships with other employees both in Operational Excellence and across the globe, and make a difference in Avient’s future success.



  • Currently pursuing an MBA.  Operations or Supply Chain Management focus and three years of work experience preferred.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to acquire, assimilate, and analyze data from multiple systems and data sources using a variety of business intelligence and reporting tools.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills adaptable for engaging with multiple levels across the organization.
  • Ability to operate and take initiative in an environment of ambiguity; holds themselves and team members accountable for a high level of performance. 
  • Some project management and data analysis experience is important.  Experience with facilitation, change management, best practice translation, and process improvement is ideal.
     Avient Corporation is a drug free workplace. Avient is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal, state and local law.


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