Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.:

You Will:

  • Report to the Global Category Manager
  • Lead standard procurement sourcing activities related to spend in specific categories
  • Align with defined Sourcing strategies for managed categories, consistent with goals.
  • Develop the sourcing strategy to provide service and results towards goals through planning, business need, industry assessment, strategy definition, execution, supplier selection, transactional planning and contracting

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead standard global procurement sourcing activities related to spend in specific categories.
  • Align with defined global sourcing strategies for managed categories, consistent with goals.
  • Lead the global sourcing process for suppliers including eSourcing RFI/RFP/RFX, negotiations, and contract execution with selected suppliers
  • Lead the global sourcing strategy development process to provide service and results through planning, business need, industry assessment, strategy definition, execution, supplier selection, transactional planning and contracting.
  • Collaborate with mid-level leaders and partners to align with short-term and long-term global category goals and pipeline opportunities.
  • Maintain awareness and familiarity with applicable supplier industry trends
  • Cultivate innovation and continuous improvement
  • Leverage market intelligence to validate and benchmark costs and competitive pricing.
  • Prioritize and conduct spend and savings analysis
  • Manage projects within assigned categories with the ability to meet defined timelines and provide status communication to partners
  • Manage supplier relationships and complete supplier performance management techniques following guidelines and in collaboration with partners
  • Monitor supplier performance observing contract obligations, SLA’s, KPI’s, and metrics to maximize compliance and avoid issues
  • Accountable for individual performance and results.
  • Accurately Forecast Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for proposed solutions
  • Adheres to and provides input on Company processes concerning the department.
  • Primary contributions are through technical expertise, leadership is applied to develop entry and latest professionals. May be more technically expert than manager reporting to.

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Professional qualification/certification from related professional organizations (CPM, CPSM, APICS) would be advantageous
  • 3-5+ years of procurement experience
  • Marketing procurement experience
  • Proficient in Category Management, Global Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Performance processes
  • Experience developing Category Strategies
  • Experience in Contract T&C’s review and negotiation
  • Previous experience leading projects and cross functional teams
  • Intermediate level project management
  • Experience and comfortable working across a fast-paced matrixed global organization
  • Ability to identify, assess and mitigate contractual, operational, financial and risk

Work Environment:  This position is based in Lake Forest

Our benefits:

  • Comprehensive healthcare plans
  • PTO and family leave
  • Retirement plans

EEOC Statement

Grainger 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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