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Manager, Global Capital Planning

Date: Mar 22, 2019

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 600455202

Company: Grainger

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 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.



Primary Function

This is a highly visible, rotational corporate finance role with responsibility for supporting development and execution of the Company’s capital plans, driving cash generation across each of the Company’s businesses and optimizing the Company’s capital investment process to maximize ROI and drive value creation. 


In particular, the Manager, Global Capital Planning will work with key finance partners and business leadership to develop capital plans for each of the Company’s major businesses, identifying specific opportunities for incremental cash flow and driving cash generation. This position will support benchmarking and measurement of cash flow performance, as well as internal and external reporting around cash and capital efficiency.


Additionally, the Manager, Global Capital Planning will support a robust process to govern capital investment. Specifically, this position will work closely with key finance partners and business leaders to generate new economically attractive capital investment opportunities, assess proposed capital investment projects, monitor ongoing capital investment and assess capital investment returns. This position will support benchmarking and measurement of capital investment performance, as well as internal and external reporting around capital investment.


The role will have significant visibility amongst senior finance leadership and senior business leadership.



Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute capital plans for all major businesses, including Cromwell, AGI, Fabory, the U.S. businesses and, in an advisory capacity, MonotaRO.
  • Work across finance and business leadership to develop opportunities for incremental cash generation for each business, develop appropriate working capital and cash conversion cycle metrics and drive cash flow performance.
  • Develop and lead a direct cash flow forecast for the Company, working closely with broader treasury and finance teams to ensure real-time visibility to cash flow and accountability for each category of cash receipt and disbursements. 
  • Develop and lead robust process to govern capital investment, including  assessing proposed projects, monitoring ongoing investment and assessing investment returns.
  • Work with finance and business partners to ensure that the Company has a pipeline of economically attractive capital investments, inventory investments, and investment-related operating expense that can compete for funding.



Preferred Education & Experience

  • 3 years+ of similar relevant experience required.
  • A post-graduate degree (MBA, accounting, economics, finance, mathematics, or statistics preferred) or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Able to synthesize complex issues, form initial hypotheses, and identify the data required to confirm hypotheses.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic partnerships and work with others to accomplish objectives and results.
  • Ability to influence others and build a consensus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to work methodically and accurately.
  • Fluency with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint is required. 



Work Environment

  • Located in Lake Forest, Illinois.
  • Office environment.
  • Occasional travel will be required.
  • Laptop and phone will be provided.




  • The Manager, Global Capital Planning will focus on maximizing ongoing cash generation, increasing the volume of economically-accretive capital investment and, as a result, meaningfully improving the Company’s return on invested capital (ROIC), all of which will directly drive shareholder value creation, a result of significant importance to senior-most leadership, the Board and the Company’s shareholders.   
  • This role will have responsibility for driving incremental improvement to ongoing annual cash flow that exceeds $1 billion, working closely with key finance and business partners to develop and execute on approaches to optimize $1.5 billion of accounts receivable, $1.5 billion of inventory and $700 million of trade payables.   
  • Additionally, this position will govern $250–400 million of capital investment, maximizing ROI on ongoing capital investment and partnering with business leadership to identify and prioritize additional economically-attractive investment opportunities.



Working Relationships

Who does this job partner with externally? 

  • There will be limited exposure to external business partners, although there may be occasional contact with larger customers or suppliers. 

Who does this job partner with internally?

  • Director of Global Capital Planning; Vice President & Treasurer; Senior Vice President, Supply Chain; Chief Information Officer; Vice President, Controller; Vice President, Financial Shared  Services; Vice President & CFO, AGI; Sr. Director, International Finance, Cromwell CFO; Sr. Director, Finance, Online Business; Finance Director, Fabory; All of the Financial Planning and Analysis areas
  • Key business departments (e.g., Merchandising and Supplier Management; Customer Strategy and Marketing; Sales and Service; Enterprise Systems)



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

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