Merchandiser & Supplier Management Rotational Program

Date: Sep 13, 2023

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

About Grainger:


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:

The Merchandising & Supplier Management (MSM) Rotation Program is designed to provide recent college graduates a broad cross-functional learning experience. The program consists of an orientation and three subsequent rotational experiences where individuals will gain working exposure across Merchandising, Supplier and Cost Management, Product Information, Publishing & Support functions.    Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of the business and develop relationships with senior leaders at every juncture. Each rotation will provide an intentional set of learning experiences. Upon completion of the program, you should have a firm foundation of our merchandising principles, assortment strategy, methods to cultivate supplier relationships, product information governance and how they all tie together to deliver world class customer experiences.  This is a full-time role with the program duration lasting approximately 24 months.  Upon successful program completion, participants may continue their Grainger career journey in a Senior Analyst role where they will be able to apply their learnings for success within MSM.


You Will:

Rapid development in various business functions through meaningful and impactful work

Opportunity to get formal learning and experiential learning in first two years of your career

Preparation to enter a permanent role within the Merchandising & Supplier Management organization upon completion of the program

Networking opportunities with senior leadership within all functions

Cross functional experience that sets participants up for long-term success at Grainger

Unique opportunity to bond and build relationships with other peers in the program

Experience working on cross-functional teams

Competitive compensation and career exploration

Provide support to Managers within each rotation with activities such as data analysis and report building

Review internal & external customer feedback and implement changes for improving customer experience

Communicate internally & externally status of work or projects, including communication with supplier base.

Manage assigned projects to completion and complete daily tasks on time

Work with peers and various business partners supporting overall merchandising initiatives

Participate in improvement opportunities and provide constructive feedback

Interact and develop rapport with a diversified population of business leaders

Other role responsibilities specific to the rotation


You Have:

Currently enrolled in a college or university working towards a bachelor’s degree or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree

Expected graduation December 2023 - June 2024

Demonstrated curiosity and research skills

Ability to build strong relationships

Strong communication/presentation skills – oral, written, and active listening

Financial acumen with demonstrated intellectual and analytical capabilities

High integrity in all business dealings

Strong time management, planning / prioritizing and organizational skills

Proven ability to enhance business knowledge or leadership skills through internships, on-campus involvement

Relevant work experience in supplier management or merchandising

Ability to multi-task efficiently and adapt within a rapidly changing environment

Intermediate level of computer skills in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to resolve conflict

Critical thinking and negotiating skills

Ability to work in a team environment and collaborate on work output

Global mindset to thrive in a diverse culture and environment

Results oriented and ability to make decisions

Adaptability and ability to continually grow and develop

Initial Program Locations and Relocation Requirement: The program locations will be Lake Forest, IL and Chicago IL.

This role may include travel (up to 10%)


No visa sponsorships provided now or in the future


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

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.