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Director, Information Security

Date: Jul 10, 2021

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

Company Overview

Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors, and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare, and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone, and at local branches. Approximately 4,500 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.5 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.

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.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Manages information risk within tolerance levels to meet the business and compliance requirements of the organization.
  • Protect sensitive information and maintain a strong corporate brand and reputation while ensuring Grainger meets all applicable regulatory and compliance demands at a Global level.
  • Leads an Enterprise Security team that consists of the following: Global Security Risk and Compliance, Data Security and Retention, IT Risk Management and Business Continuity.
  • Provides Team Members and Executive Leadership with research and guidance on risk assessments and appropriate mitigation strategies aligned with an Enterprise Risk Management Strategy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Understands the enterprise strategy and influences the integration of security into business strategies and processes while ensuring that the results are documented and actionable, with clear ties to Enterprise Security frameworks
  • Align the security team scope, budget and staffing to the company level strategy, emerging technologies and changes in the threat landscape
  • Responsible for effectively executing specific ES Risk Management and Compliance activities, including management of Enterprise Systems Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) controls with associated supporting processes, collaboration with process owners to ensure that risk mitigations are appropriate and to report on progress with respect to the designed plan, all in alignment with company Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) guidelines
  • Lead a functional Security team to manage information risk and availability to an acceptable level to meet the business and compliance requirements of the organization globally
  • Establish and manage the capability to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from information incidents to minimize business impact. Analyzes and provides assessments of IT Security Incidents & trends and their impact on Grainger’s Global business to Senior Management
  • Establish, monitor, evaluate and report key performance and key risk indicators (KPIs and KRIs) to provide leadership with accurate information regarding the effectiveness of the information risk & security strategy.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships outside of Grainger to inform on strategy and best practices.
  • Industry trends
  • Directs the assigned security functions of Enterprise Information Security as they relate to Security Architecture, Security Risk and Compliance, Security Engineering, Security Administration, Security


Operations, and IT Risk Management

  • Collaborates with all levels of management to raise security and IT risk awareness
  • Provides Information Security and IT Risk input to the EPS strategy and planning efforts
  • Communicates strategy with the security team and performs changes management as necessary
  • Works closely with external partners to ensure the security and integrity of Grainger data is not compromised and is available when needed
  • Ensures new development, major changes and improvements to applications and systems continue to provide necessary and appropriate security, IT risk and continuity, within all applicable environments. Manages the integration of new security technologies and services into the suite of applications and operating systems with minimal negative impact
  • Advises Contract and Legal Teams to ensure terms and conditions protect Grainger and comply with Grainger’s risk profile
  • Build, develop and sustain a team structure that supports the progression of team members, builds a bench of resources and incorporates recruitment

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Minimum ten years of successful experience in an Information Security field
  • Current CISM, CISA, or CISSP certification preferred
  • Minimum five years of successful experience directly managing technical individual contributors, supervisors, and managers
  • Balance of strong technical knowledge and strong managerial competencies
  • Ability to translate complex IT Security problems and issues into simple business terms & business impact
  • Experience in executing risk and control programs in companies that have a Multi-Billion Dollar E-Commerce Business, Brick & Mortar businesses, as well as External & Inside Sales
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, mentor, coach, and lead technical teams; must be able to work directly with individuals at all levels of the Company
  • Strong continuous improvement problem-solving and mentoring skills
  • Confident and effective negotiation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage vendor/supplier relationships, including contract negotiation, ongoing maintenance & support, and problem-resolution
  • Ability to effectively manage annual budgets >$3M and link team strategy to company performance


EEOC Statement 
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