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Sourcing Specialist

Date: Jun 3, 2021

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

Company Overview

Grainger is a global leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions. Our 18,000 employees are driven to serve customers and the community in exceptional ways focusing on delivering the highest level of service. The Grainger team works closely with customers to better understand their challenges and provide cost-saving solutions. Grainger's employees serve customers more than 115,000 times every day through multiple channels. As part of a high-performing team, you’ll be able to develop your talents, and make a difference. Grainger is a Fortune 500 company and a perennial member of Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies list.

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.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities: 

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

Provide leadership in Change Management methodology within the company and throughout the customer’s organization.

Position Requirements:

1-3 years of experience in related field preferred

Bachelor’s degree in business, Communications, or related MRO purchasing experience preferred

APICS and/or CPM certification preferred

MRO product knowledge

Excellent negotiation skills ‘

Excellent communication and customer service skills

Proficiency with SAP preferred, strong systems experience such as 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

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