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Event Planner

Date: Jan 11, 2022

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

About Grainger:

Grainger is North America's leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating products and services. Our wide assortment, deep expertise, innovative technology solutions and unparalleled customer service keep customers' operations running and their people safe.

We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. We have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way at Grainger.


Position Details:

Support and  plan events that are committed to through the SSGP (Supplier Strategic Growth Program) and small meetings/events that come through the SMM process (Strategic Meeting Management). Be an expert in logistics management and in managing different areas of event execution. You will report to the Manager of Event Operations.


You Will:

  • Direct responsibility for event planning SSGP-related events/programs and small meetings, from the point of assignment through onsite program management, if necessary.
  • Maintain budgets during planning and prepare final reconciled budgets
  • Communicate budgetary information to Partners throughout the planning meeting.
  • Determine and arrange detailed program needs
  • Provide on-site program assistance if needed; oversee all arranged details of program
  • Monitor and review supplier billing and ensure payment and reconciliation
  • Manage major event logistics that may include, but not be limited to, registration, air travel, room block management, transportation, food/beverage, offsite events, event communications, exhibitor management, onsite event support, reporting, invoice review and reconciliation for the annual Grainger Show, Grainger's customer-facing, city-wide conference.
  • Maintain excellent quality, when negotiating with suppliers and working with team members
  • Follow all deadlines, turnaround timelines
  • Maintain partner relationships, collaborate in creating new options to enhance attendee experience
  • Create communications to attendees, suppliers and internal parties
  • Create a seamless internal client experience by providing a consultative approach to different planning tasks


You Have:

  • 1+ years in meetings industry with corporate or private event planning experience
  • Variety of different tasks during the work day
  • Self- motivated, dynamic team member who is open to wearing many hats and has a value for excellence in job performance
  • Can organize and accomplish projects from beginning to end
  • Ask questions, be curious, self-educates and look for opportunities to learn
  • Looks for creative solutions, innovates new ways to accomplish
  • Have experience with event planning systems
  • Experience in contract negotiation and accomplishing event logistics
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (hospitality/tourism, communications, event management)


Rewards and Benefits:

With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice and flexibility to meet our team members' individual needs. Check out some of the rewards available to you at Grainger

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans
  • Paid time off (PTO) and 6 company holidays per year
  • Automatic 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, 3:1 match on donations and tuition reimbursement
  • A comprehensive set of emotional, financial, physical and social wellbeing programs


DEI Statement

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.