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Sourcing Specialist - Lake Forest

Date: Mar 12, 2019

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 600455202

Company: Grainger

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

Position Description

Responsible for locating sources for relevant products/services and providing quotations needed to support customers’ MRO needs. Identifying alternate sources and product/service solutions in support of business objectives and researching and recommending alternate solutions in support of customer objectives (i.e. lead time, functionality, cost savings, etc.). Negotiate cost and terms and conditions with suppliers. Determine/set price to sell to our customers.

  • Identify sources for product/services in support of customer requests in a timely manner. Ensure proper product selections, matches, and/or alternatives.
  • Make purchasing decisions based on customer need, market and competitor conditions, product specifications, supplier strategy, and business policy.
  • Negotiate cost, terms and conditions with suppliers.
  • Provide exceptional customer service by proactively contacting customer to resolve issues and to improve opportunity success rate.
  • Maintain productivity measurements including number of quotes completed per day, cycle time, average mark up and buy/quote ratio.
  • Communicate performance expectations and provide qualitative feedback to supply chain regarding performance of suppliers.
  • Support gross profit goals by negotiating and controlling product costs, lead times, freight terms and purchase quantity requirements.
  • Maintain existing supplier relationships and initiate potential new supplier relationships.
  • Support team members on product and source inquiries


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Business, Communications, or related MRO purchasing experience preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience in related field 
  • APICS and/or CPM certification preferred
  • MRO product knowledge
  • Excellent negotiation skills ‘
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with SAP, Microsoft applications including Access & Excel, PC applications, e-mail, and internet search
  • Strong business acumen and decision making.
  • Demonstrated capability to multi task in fast paced team environment.

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.



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