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Global Sourcing Specialist

Date: Jun 24, 2019

Location: GREEN BAY, WI, US, 543015160

Company: Imperial Supplies

Internal Applicants: Apply by 7/1/19



Help us drive record-breaking, double-digit growth! 

Imperial Supplies is a growing distributor within the Grainger family of companies. Our growth is fueled by collaborative teams dedicated to providing an unparalleled customer experience.

Businesses of all sizes trust Imperial for quality fleet maintenance products and innovative inventory solutions. Servicing the transportation industry since 1958 with a “Customer is King” attitude, we partner with more National fleet customers than all of our competition combined.


The Global Sourcing Specialist will:


  • Research, identify and qualify potential foreign suppliers. Evaluate each supplier’s ability to meet Imperial’s product quality and service requirements.  Develop positive relationships with potential new suppliers and solidify the relationships with existing global suppliers. Meet directly with suppliers to negotiate the most favorable pricing and purchase terms for Imperial. 


  • Plan, schedule, create the travel team and execute sourcing trips. Travel overseas to evaluate new and existing foreign sources. 


  • Research and identify potential new products. Facilitate product specifications communications and standards, with assistance from the Product Manager and Quality Control staff, to the import supplier. Ensure product quality meets Imperial specifications while offering acceptable net cost savings. Negotiate product cost, terms and conditions of sale.  


  • Formulate and issue Requests for Quotation (RFQ’s) from potential foreign suppliers with input from the product group Buyer and Product Manager. Manage the sample process from prototype to production samples.


  • Coordinate the development of new product introductions, special promotions and product forecasts for imported products with Product Management and Purchasing staff. Ensure acceptable material flow from overseas suppliers through the Imperial distribution network to meet promotional deadlines.


  • Ensure all documents required for import purchase orders are complete and accurate as well as clearly understood by the overseas supplier. Ensure overseas suppliers comply with US Customs requirements and any other regulatory requirements.


  • Submit and support approval process to add new products via Grainger compliance team.





  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience and 1-3 years of purchasing or importing experience; 2+ years of global purchasing experience preferred.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. Strong math and Excell skills also required.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities, be comfortable with changing job focus and work in a fast paced environment.  
  • Ability to plan and execute extensive foreign travel and work with overseas vendors.



Imperial offers


  • A competitive wage, annual bonus opportunity, and industry leading benefits including immediate health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance.
  • Excellent work-life balance, 18 days paid time off plus paid holidays.
  • Generous profit sharing and 401K programs - minimum 8% annual contribution to retirement.
  • Education reimbursement and opportunities for internal advancement & professional growth.



Imperial is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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