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Senior Data Steward, Product Information

Date: Jun 25, 2022

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

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:

Solid Product Information is the foundation for positive internal and customer outcomes across the enterprise. The Senior Data Steward is the accountable owner of protecting the product information asset and ensuring it is connected to positive enterprise outcomes. You will help determine our enterprise product information data governance strategy while supporting plans across our business to ensure product information remains firmly connected to positive commercial outcomes for Grainger.


You will help implement new product information levers and tools, as part of the Product Master Data Governance group, including data models, data standards, data dictionaries, Product Information training programs, and technology support.


You will report to the Senior Manager, Product Information Governance.


You Will:

  • Create customer trust in essential product information assets by defining and improving data quality.
  • Establish important product information objects (taxonomies, attributes, attribute values) and their meaning, metadata, rules for use, format, and lineage.
  • Be the custodian of product information assets; provide oversight of essential product information processes and how they produce high-quality customer outcomes, including taxonomy (data model) development, product classification, and attribute schema build.
  • Build and Govern Product Information Guidelines, Data Standards and Data Dictionaries.
  • Research and implement attribute naming conventions, industry/trade names, and categorizations.
  • Review Product Information Architecture plans.
  • Lead broad-ranging projects to improve Product Information quality.
  • Design training materials on product master data governance philosophies, best practices and use of Grainger's Product Information Management (PIM) software.
  • Work with the Grainger Technology Group on development of PIM and other product information-related software.


You Have:


  • MLIS, MLS, MS, or Data Analytics education or equivalent preferred


  • 3+ years of experience in Information Architecture / Taxonomy / Product Information / Master Data Management / Data Governance / Ontology and related competencies
  • Business-to-Business Distribution, Industrial Supply or MRO experience preferred
  • Informal leadership experience preferred, but not necessary
  • Background in research and analysis
  • Work history with large data sets
  • Database management and reporting
  • Expert proficiency in Microsoft Office functionality, especially Excel (Macros, VBA, Pivot Tables, Lookups)
  • Basic to Intermediate skills in Structured Query Language (SQL)


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
  • Generous 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.