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Associate Category Manager - remote

Date: Nov 10, 2021

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

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 Senior Manager, Global Category Management
  • 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 to provide service and results through planning, business need, industry assessment, strategy definition, execution, supplier selection, transactional planning and contracting.
  • Align with mid-level leaders and partners to align with short-term and long-term global category goals and pipeline opportunities.
  • Familiar with the supplier industry trends
  • Influence progress and continuous improvement
  • Use 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
  • Oversee individual performance and results.
  • Forecast Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for proposed solutions
  • Follow and give feedback on Company processes concerning the department.
  • Experience in Human Resources/Benefits departmental operations


You have:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years of experience
  • Indirect procurement experience
  • In depth Contracts experience
  • Primary contributions are through technical expertise, leadership is applied to develop entry and latest professionals. May be more technically expert than manager reporting to.
  • Have understanding of Strategic Sourcing and knowledge of processes.
  • Experience in category management and global strategic sourcing including contract T&C's
  • Previous management experience leading projects
  • Intermediate level project management
  • Work across a matrix global organization
  • Demonstrate outstanding practices for assigned global categories
  • Basic ability to assess and manage contractual, operational, financial and risk
  • Professional qualification/certification from related professional organizations (CPM, CPSM, APICS) would be advantageous



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.