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Manager, Product Transition Management

Date: Oct 19, 2021

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

Company Overview

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.

Lead an operations group, within the product team, in the process development of: the product portfolio strategy; collection and maintenance of product information; supplier performance/metrics. You will report to the Sr. Manager, Merchandising and Supplier Management Operations


You Will

The Manager, Product Transition Management:

  • Develop and execute a fluid design and roadmap for a comprehensive product transition program that includes communication of change to a broad partner audience
  • Develop partner relationships at levels of the organization to gain executional agreement around product transitions through the program
  • Manage the transition of the assortment to core and non-core product offers within the portfolio including Customer Specific Skus, Sourcing, Zoro product transitions and other partner product transitions
  • Develop communications to make sure any transition is well understood and the customer experience managed
  • Promote changes to process across the GPM and partner organizations and supply base
  • Maintain channels across all partners.

You manage a team to:

  • Create both the analytics, capabilities and tools required for the Product Transition Management program using a across many partners
  • Execute the product transition plans for Core and Non-Core products including Customer Specific Skus
  • Develop measures of overall program effectiveness across the Core and Non-Core assortment
  • Be the driver of participation and compliance with the Product Transition Management program
  • Seek feedback from partners and recommend/makes adjustments to the program

The leader of this organization must develop a team of performers in the areas of:

  • Analysis and systemic thinking
  • Innovation
  • Conflict Management
  • Change Management and Communication
  • Develop work efforts associated with Product Transitions

You Have

  • BS/BA required.
  • 3+ years of experience in supply chain or product / supplier management
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Management


Our Benefits

With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice and 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


DE&I 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