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Catalog Project Manager

Date: May 10, 2022

Location: 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.



Position Details:

You will manage the print production and media requirements for all marketing programs, to guide over $400 Million in marketing revenue. The main goal of the position is to forecast, plan and execute Direct Mail and Catalog marketing spend to increase program efficiency to meet aligned marketing goals to support overall company growth. You will work independently and use their technical print expertise to guide projects to create an exceptional offline customer experience.


You will report to the Manager, Direct Mail Production.


You Will:

  • Partner with strategic suppliers that ensure high quality, superior customer service, provide industry information and work to guide cost out of the process. Select, evaluate, and manage performance of external suppliers for the print production process. The Supplier relationship is important to the success of all marketing programs.
  • Manage marketing catalog programs by overseeing market trends and new capabilities and implement new technologies to improve marketing programs.
  • Manage distribution planning for Direct Mail and Catalog programs.
  • Plan, forecast, and monitor program production budgets to achieve a 1% variance to plan.
  • Manage Direct Mail and Catalog Category spend and implement strategic vision with cross functional departments including Indirect Procurement, Analytics, Response Marketing, Finance, Tax and Internal Audit.


You Have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Admin. or related graphic arts area (MBA preferred) or 7 years related work experience
  • Strong Negotiating skills and in-depth knowledge of purchasing process, as well as, experience managing commodity purchases to reduce market pricing fluctuations
  • Technical background of the printing process, printing equipment (including digital, sheet fed, rotogravure and web presses), electronic pre-press software and bindery operations
  • Proficient in data mapping and manipulation for digital execution
  • Experience with accounting principals including budget management and marketing accruals
  • Expertise in paper buying and the paper market. Knowledge of different paper stocks, weights, grades. Also, compatibility with different print methods


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.