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Mgr, Corporate Strategy

Date: Aug 9, 2019

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

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
The Corporate Strategy Manager will work closely with strategy team members, C-suite executives, business unit leaders, and functional experts to help identify, frame, and analyze competitive strategy problems and opportunities. They will work as an ‘internal consultant’ on strategic initiatives affecting the organization. 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead/drive joint teams/projects comprised of multiple stakeholders and business unit leaders in the development of strategic plans.
  • Generate creative, action-oriented insights and recommendations with regard to financial magnitude, risk/feasibility, and strategic fit.
  • Author and deliver high-impact presentations, “white papers” and plans for discussion and communication to the executive leadership team.
  • Develop an understanding and stay current with the competitive landscape.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on core strategic issues – which might include management of market and competitive research.
  • Provide direct help or counsel to business unit members in assessing business specific issues on topics and techniques for strategy, particularly with respect to industry best practices.

Preferred Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree required. MBA and 3-5 years experience in a demanding work environment such as strategy consulting preferred. Solid Excel, PowerPoint, and Access skills required. Statistical software experience or SQL training preferred.



  • This position will report to the Sr. Director of Corporate Strategy. The work produced by the manager will help frame strategic issues and offer proposed solutions that will serve as the foundation for future strategic initiatives.
  • This role will directly influence the strategy design and decision making of the executive leadership team through information, communication and data.
  • This role works with and influences business unit leaders regarding strategy planning and decision making.

EEOC Statement

“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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