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Senior Manager, Global Category Management

Date: Sep 1, 2022

Location: Hybrid, IL, US, N/A LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201 Remote, IL, US, N/A

Company: Grainger Businesses

Grainger is a leading broad line distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.


We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. As one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, 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 with Grainger today.


Position Details:

Preference is to be located in Lake Forest, IL (hybrid work arrangement). Or can be located 100% remote/virtual anywhere in the United States. 

As Senior Manager, Global Category Management (indirect procurement), you will lead a category management team of 2-5 global category managers having North American responsibility for building and managing strategic supplier relationships and cost across multiple indirect product categories which range from $100M - $250M in cost to the business. You will work with the Grainger US partners to lead a North American and local strategy with aligned suppliers to support US, Canada & Mexico. You will report to the Director, Indirect Procurement.


You Will:

  • Develop the vision, strategy and implementation plan for specific important strategic suppliers to meet the strategies set forth by partners, and meeting the long-range requirements to deliver maximum savings and value for Grainger
  • Collaborate with partners on a strategy to better support needs or gaps by which we could source suppliers, create bid opportunities or develop opportunities to be considered that will also support savings and value driven actions
  • Develop and implement robust category plans by working directly with internal partners leadership of strategic suppliers to assure agreement of our goals, including cost, quality, reliability, and innovation.
  • Develop deep supplier relationships with strategic suppliers to include business review and analysis, performance management and development and improvement of end-to-end value, and bring innovation to the business
  • Negotiate with suppliers to meet our goals, find savings and value across our departments, ensure the implementation and compliance to agreements and work to benefit all businesses in North America.
  • Identify options that accomplish what needs to be done without compromising value, savings or our internal customer experience and weigh decisions, recommendations, and actions against their material impact to the bottom line
  • Continue to identify internal purchasing and contractual processes and policies to provide better and consistent support for the business.


You Have:

  • BS/BA degree in purchasing, supply chain or business
  • 7+ years business experience with a working knowledge of Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Cost Accounting, Finance and Economics.
  • Experience leading and coaching direct or indirect team members 
  • Travel both domestically and internationally up to 20%


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.

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