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Procurement Manager

Date: May 15, 2023

Location: Hybrid, IL, US, N/A LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201 CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013

Company: Grainger Businesses

Grainger is a leading broad line distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.


We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. As one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, we have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way with Grainger today.


Position Details:

The Supplier Manager owns the relationship with important suppliers across multiple product categories in the Grainger portfolio which range from $50-200M in annual cost. It requires product cost negotiation, develop strategic initiatives in partnership with suppliers, facilitate the communication with other teams like Merchandising, Sales, and Supply Chain, and document and share best practices for the rest of the Supplier Management team.


You will report to a Senior Supplier Manager or Director of Supplier Management.


This position can be based in Lake Forest or Chicago, IL and is 50% onsite (2 to 3 days per week); 50% virtual.


You Will:

  • Develop a portfolio procurement strategy that connects Grainger’s commercial strategy with the corresponding procurement support
  • Perform industry research to understand the supplier landscape, important cost drivers, and primary procurement challenges
  • Define best sources of supply for the business that meet customer needs, quality, and cost competitiveness
  • Lead negotiations that ensure sustainable access to the best industrial products in the category with the best program economics
  • Develop relationships with strategic suppliers at multiple levels, ensuring alignment in growth strategies, addressing challenges in operations on a timely manner, and making sure Grainger's customers' needs are met
  • Develop strategies in collaboration with other functional areas of Grainger (e.g., product assortment decisions, inventory levels and product availability, lead times, and quality)
  • Organize work meetings and field visits to suppliers and trade shows
  • Facilitate product content and information gathering in partnership with the teams that support
  • Collaborate with peers to document and share best practices across all categories and continuously improve how we work


  • Analytical mindset, being able leverage large sets of data, analyze them, and obtain insights to inform decisions
  • Project management and organization
  • Curious and open to learn and navigate ambiguous scenarios
  • Constant improvement and best practices mindset


You Have:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience managing cost negotiation, managing contracts and/or executing procurement
  • 5+ years business experience in either Product Management, Procurement, Supply Chain, Merchandising, or Consulting


Rewards and Benefits:

With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice and flexibility to meet our team members' individual needs. Check out some of the rewards available to you at Grainger

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans
  • Paid time off (PTO) and 6 company holidays per year
  • Automatic 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, 3:1 match on donations and tuition reimbursement
  • A comprehensive set of emotional, financial, physical and social wellbeing programs


DEI Statement

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.