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Director, Indirect Procurement

Date: Apr 11, 2021

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201

Company: Grainger Businesses

Grainger is North America’s leading Maintenance Repair & Operating provider and we are the 10th largest North American E-commerce player with over 50% of our revenue coming from online transactions. We deliver technology solutions across the enterprise including our call centers, branch network, sales, and our various digital channels. The team supports over 1000 applications across the network and operates in an agile environment to deliver complex solutions quickly and seamlessly.



*This role is typically located in our Lake Forest, IL office, but due to COVID-19 will be fully virtual until further notice.  Once this office location has a return to work plan, the team member will be required to be on-site.



This role has strategic responsibility for procurement of all goods and services consumed by the Grainger Organization.  Leading a team of Global Category Managers and analysts, this leader will directly impact the management of $1.5B in spend.  By optimizing relationships with key vendors and internal business units this leader will help Grainger achieve its critical business initiatives.

Critical responsibilities include:

  • Design a price/cost management strategy, which provides market competitive pricing, minimizes cost inflation, mitigates risk, and improves return on invested capital.
  • Lead efforts to establish, manage, and improve supplier relationships globally with Grainger and make it easier for suppliers to do business with us.
  • Partner and influence key internal Grainger decision makers to embed procurement planning in annual forecasting cycles.
  • Coach and develop a team to drive results that balance financial outcomes and internal customer needs.  Success is our ability to drive savings and accelerate the achievement of internal goals through access to services and products required to do the work.
  • Build an inclusive environment where team members can grow and thrive



Preferred Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree BA/BS/BM, Master’s Preferred (or willing to pursue).
  • 7-10 years business experience with strong cross-functional business knowledge (i.e. Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance, etc.)
  • Ability to understand our business direction, customer requirements, supply management-marketing strategy, and demand generation fulfillment process.
  • 5+ years experience leading large teams and coaching/developing to ensure top performance. Experience as a leader of leaders required.
  • Proven ability to drive and demonstrate results financially, strategically, and managerially.
  • Clear and thorough procurement knowledge including the negotiation process and key stages. Ability to maintain strong relationships and influence effectively.
  • Proven Change Management skills by inspiring teams to welcome change, embrace new directions, and future opportunities.


Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.