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Supplier Manager

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013 LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201 Hybrid, IL, US, N/A

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:

You will manage supplier relationships and cost of goods sold across multiple product categories which range from $50-200M in COGS. The Supplier Manager is also responsible for managing coordination and communication with all company partners for any supplier related issues and leading all vendor negotiations / performance discussions. You will also work with the procurement enablement team to promote outstanding procurement process standards.


You will report to the Senior Manager, Supplier Management.


You Will:

  • Ensure Grainger has the best product assortment for our customers at the best cost.
  • Ensure your team's alignment to Grainger's strategic direction.

Within the product category review (PCR) process:

  • Gather feedback on national brand supplier performance (field support, supply chain performance, product information, customer service, etc.)
  • Evaluate current national brand supplier cost positions
  • Document national brand supply recommendations
  • Work with merchant on national brand product assortment sourcing strategy
  • Develop national brand supplier sourcing strategy
  • Establish relationships with national brand suppliers
  • Negotiate favorable terms and support for growing the business

Ongoing focus areas:

  • Work with merchant and other collaborators to review impact of inbound management issues on national brand product assortment sourcing strategy and determine action plan
  • Design a price/cost management strategy, which provides market competitive pricing, minimizes cost inflation, drives top-line sales growth and improves return on invested capital
  • Manage and meet cost inflation targets for us across $50M - $200M in COGS
  • Lead efforts to help improve supplier relationships
  • Use supplier relationships to meet end-to-end needs across the business to improve customer and team member experience and grow revenue
  • Build relationships with suppliers globally
  • Work with Supply Chain partners to monitor supplier operational performance
  • Lead teams to ensure product compliance with all US and appropriate foreign regulations


You Have:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Clear knowledge of the negotiation process and essential stages
  • 5+ years business experience with a working knowledge of Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Cost Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Understanding of Company's business direction, customer requirements, supply management-marketing strategy, and demand generation fulfillment process
  • Experience driving and demonstrating results
  • Change Management skills


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.