Paralegal (Office of the Corporate Secretary)

Date: Nov 16, 2023

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

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.


Reporting to the Corporate Secretary, the Corporate Paralegal will support the Legal Corporate Secretary Function including corporate governance, compliance posture and corporate/transactional activities.

Daily activities may include managing corporate governance and compliance posture of Grainger’s 30+ international subsidiaries, serving as the primary relationship contact to different functions within the organization, local teams globally, and our third-party legal services providers, assisting with corporate/transactional research; draft intercompany agreements, corporate resolutions, minutes, and other legal documents to support tax, treasury, finance, accounting, and corporate development; manage important corporate information including corporate M&A and financing due diligence and communicate legal issues and information to Company managers and employees outside of the Legal Department.

You will also support our parent entity’s Board meeting and planning process working with other Assistant General Counsel, the SEC Paralegal, and outside counsel regarding public securities and SEC-focused activities. The position is hybrid requiring 2 to 3 days per week at our Lake Forest, IL headquarters.


  • Support parent entity’s Board meetings and departments by helping prepare Board materials.
  • Manage third-party service provider(s) and outside local counsel on legal entity matters for our 30+ international subsidiaries.
  • Support drafting of multiple corporate documents, including minutes, resolutions, intercompany agreements, certificates, notices and letters for our tax, treasury, and other departments.
  • Help prepare and maintain relevant regulatory filings, including SEC filings.
  • Help organize legal entity management structure.
  • Collaborate with legal, tax, treasury, accounting, and corporate development to support legal entity formation, merger, or dissolution processes.
  • Maintain, update, and organize entity records (using Grainger’s entity management software).
  • Stay current on best practices in entity management, and develop templates, plans, and processes.
  • Support communication and processing of entity data with multiple external and internal sources (e.g. treasury, tax, and accounting).
  • Conduct legal research on multiple legal issues.
  • Manage and follow the budget for annual global legal entity management compliance, including generating quarterly status and analysis of external provider account.
  • Contribute to the coordination corporate documents and reporting for international treasury and tax funding projects.
  • Provide support to Company attorneys in connection with special projects as directed by the Office of the Corporate Secretary.


  • 3 plus years of experience in a global legal department or law firm
  • Paralegal certificate
  • Understanding of multicultural clients and international laws while ensuring global compliance under a US-centric compliance structure
  • Worked as a member of a team and collaborated with all Legal Department team members and other areas of the business
  • Conducted legal research on Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, on the Internet, and other legal research tools
  • Proficiency in Excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets) and experienced with Legal Entity Management, eBilling and matter management software
  • Acquired an in-depth understanding of our company including business operations and organizational structure


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

  • Benefits starting on day one, including medical, dental vision and life insurance
  • 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period with no personal contribution required
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, student loan refinancing, free access to financial counseling, education and more.


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.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment that includes both providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities during the application and hiring process as well as throughout the course of one’s employment.  With this in mind, should you need a reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please advise us so that we can provide appropriate assistance.

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