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Associate Supplier Manager

Date: Nov 22, 2021

Location: CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013 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.



Primary Function:


The Associate Supplier Manager will partner with multiple functions to support aligned product category(ies). They will deliver analytics and recommendations on initiatives to improve profitability and identify cost savings through effective negotiation and act as the primary relationship manager for select suppliers. The Associate Supplier Manager will lead various cost savings initiatives and support supplier relationships that drive incremental value to the business.


Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support Manager, Analytics and Operations/Director to meet cost inflation targets for aligned product categories
    • Participate in continuous improvement and cost savings initiatives
    • Maintain and measure previously implemented projects/processes
  • Develop, analyze, recommend, and lead implementation of product portfolio activities
    • Connect analytical insights to decisions and actions
    • Manage project to expectations and to delivery goals
    • Work closely with cross functional partners to ensure proper alignment in communicating with suppliers and other internal partners (pricing, Keepstock, inventory management, etc.)
    • Transition to standard reporting where applicable
  • Build cross-functional relationships targeting improved operational efficiencies and total company profitability (i.e., merchandising, transportation, inventory management, KeepStock etc.)
    • Work through challenging issues in a constructive manner
  • Manage supplier relationships for a portfolio including operational processes, cost negotiations, etc.



Preferred Education & Experience:

  • BS/BA or equivalent preferred
  • 3 to 5 years experience in related field preferred
  • Expertise in Access, Excel, BW, Tera Data, Business Objects and SAP
  • Demonstrated project management, financial analysis, and product costing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability to find creative solutions to problems
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with business partners including team members in Merchandising and Supplier Management, Finance, Global Supply Chain and Legal
  • Self-directed, flexible, and able to work independently
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi-task and strong organizational skills
  • Has proven relationship building skills and handles conflict gracefully
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively in various ways up to VP level of management (e.g., written, oral, and presentation)
  • Understanding of general business issues including external factors that impact the business, industry, product strategy, and pricing is needed




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.