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Taxonomy Analyst

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201 CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013

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.


Primary Function:

A solid taxonomy is the foundation for successful merchandising of products and sets the stage for the data that the business gathers. The Taxonomy Team is responsible for the quality of our taxonomy and data standards. This position is responsible for ensuring that associated reviews are properly executed and contributes to data management methodologies, metrics, and tools. The Taxonomy Team provides direction, guidance, and oversight to support how other cross-functional teams use this information. The main focus is to maintain data integrity among the many different taxons, schema sets, and the maintenance required therein.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Execute activities that relate to Taxonomy and Schema development:
    • Data research, analysis, and diagnosis
    • Documenting issues and providing the appropriate courses of action for resolution
    • Communicating with internal business partners and vendors
    • Implementing internal and external feedback
    • Creating and executing on business rules
    • Summarizing issues/trends into work tracks for scalable resolution
  • Data Standards
    • Research, identify, and implement attribute naming conventions, industry/trade names, and categorizations
    • Maintain and add to the existing standards and guidelines documents
    • Provide data enhancement recommendations (data Gaps, missing information, Inconsistent UOM /abbreviations, miscategorization, etc.)
  • Provide requirements/recommendations based on research
    • Web/Product Hierarchy as it relates to Taxonomy
    • System functionality
    • Data cleansing
  • Create and maintain product and publishing data set standards, including dimensional attributes, performance attributes, and product categorization


Preferred Education and Experience:



  • Library Science, Data Analytics, Applied Mathematics, or Statistical Analysis education or equivalent is preferred, but not necessary


  • 1-3 years of experience with Taxonomy/Product Information/Databases
  • MRO experience preferred, but not necessary
  • Strong background in research, analysis, and business communication
  • Work history with large data sets, tight deadlines, and minute details
  • Database management, maintenance, and reporting
  • Expert proficiency in Microsoft Office functionality, especially Excel (Macros, VBA, Pivot Tables, Lookups).
  • Basic to Intermediate skills in Structured Query Language (SQL) including INNER JOIN, LEFT JOIN, Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), conditional statements (CASE-ELSE), subqueries, and joining multiple tables – preferred, but not necessary
  • Able collaborator with leadership, business users, and technical personnel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in deadline-driven environment and handle multiple conflicting priorities
  • Strong project management skills
  • Attention to detail





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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