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Product Compliance Analyst - Lake Forest or Chicago

Date: Aug 11, 2019

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201

Company: Grainger

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.

This position may be located in Lake Forest or Downtown Chicago.

Primary Function:

Responsible for safety and compliance of Grainger products. Minimizes potential risks from product hazards, recalls, or quality issues. Ensures products and suppliers meet all applicable safety and health regulations and industry standards in accordance with regulatory and labeling requirements. Reviews, analyzes and maintains product information related to environmental handling, safety, transportation and other regulatory compliance requirements. This role reports directly to Manager, Corporate Product Compliance.



Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Review new products being added to the Grainger portfolio to ensure they meet all applicable regulatory requirements from Nationally Sourced and Private Brand suppliers. 
  • Communicate testing and inspection requirements, acknowledgements, approvals and cost saving opportunities of assigned product categories to various stakeholders
  • Research and interpret various regulations and standards (i.e. ANSI/ASTM/EPA/Prop 65) for assigned product categories to ensure compliance to industry standards for products and labels
  • Create early awareness of regulatory considerations to expedite the selection of product mix and reduce supply chain timelines
  • Partner with 3rd party testing laboratory and inspection services regarding regulatory updates, product testing, various federal and state laws, bans on specified products, and industry standards
  • Communicate compliance issues and provide appropriate action plan for timely resolutions. Resolve any identified issues in a timely manner.
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy of product compliance information added to Grainger’s product portfolio
  • Maintain and monitor Safety Data Sheet (SDS) database, ensuring all SDS documents are received from Supplier, reviewed against regulations and available for customers
  • Facilitate audits to monitor compliance information for accuracy and consistency
  • Prepare and provide reporting on product compliance changes based on supplier, industry or regulation changes
  • Support SDS and labeling requirements to meet Global Harmonization Standard (GHS) and support all other upcoming regulation changes
  • Participate in improvement opportunities and provide constructive feedback.
  • Work with peers and various business partners supporting business initiatives
  • Provide business partners with visibility to decision-making process and compliance determinations

Preferred Education and Experience:


  • BS/BA or equivalent experience
  • 1 to 3 years experience
  • Analytical Skill -- Proven experience in research, analysis and recommendation of compliance requirements. Experience or course work in manufacturing, design or product knowledge preferred. Laboratory testing or product inspections/auditing experience or coursework a bonus.
  • Compliance Knowledge – Keen awareness of shifting regulatory environment both within the U.S. and globally.  Understands total cost of ownership and transportation requirements.
  • Relationship Building -- Build and maintain relationships in a matrixed corporate environment with internal stakeholders and Grainger suppliers. Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships at various levels of the organization.  Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Communication -- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Proven ability to communicate messages within the organization and Grainger Suppliers.  Able to work well with others within team and across the organization.
  • Time Management – Proven ability to demonstrate flexibility and time management skills to accomplish multiple priorities and initiatives. Models customer focus in terms of response time, commitment, and resourcefulness. Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks and be deadline dedicated.
  • Technical Knowledge – Able to understand technical information, concepts, and decisions. Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply proprietary analytical tools. Demonstrated ability to use technical support or technical data. Ability to quickly learn, become competent in, and effectively apply new technologies or processes.
  • Attention to Detail -- Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy and consistency. Strong organizational skills for planning work and continuously monitoring progress.
  • Problem Solving -- Good problem-solving skills.  Ability to bring groups together. Aptitude for grasping and applying acquired knowledge


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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