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Sr Financial Analyst - International & Cross-Border

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Date: Nov 26, 2018

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

Provide financial and decision support to the VP of International & Cross-Border and Tier I Global Directors in areas such as revenue, expenses, and gross profit. Understand the business drivers and full P&L impact of decisions in order to provide proactive business counsel. Understand and communicate the drivers of deviations from revenue, GP and expense budget during monthly presentation to both senior leadership. Consult and influence (check and challenge/apply professional skepticism/pushback) during budgeting process with business partners.



Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • This role will also support $700M of sales from the National Accounts portfolio. This will involve driving strategic decision making related to contract renewals and negotiations.
  • Complex analysis on deal profitability including full understanding of P&L levers providing strategic direction to International & Cross-Border leadership.
  • Work with cross functional global teams to build and value multinational contract agreements.
  • Develop and continually improve analytical capabilities, able to work through complex business issues, and provide actionable reporting in order to meet financial and strategic commitments.  
  • Lead the completion of the annual operating plan, short-term & long-term forecasts and semi-annual goal setting process.  Assess risks and opportunities against the business plan. Update the business based on current performance.
  • Lead cross functional project team related to operating issues or improvement opportunities providing financial expertise as needed.
  • Continually improve analytical techniques, forecast accuracy, and automate, refine and improve reporting reducing data gathering time and provide actionable analysis and commentary.
  • Perform ad hoc analysis as required.




  • Bachelor degree in Accounting or Finance required. 4-7 Years experience in progressive financial roles supporting analytics, business planning, metrics and decision support.  MBA a plus.
  • Strong competency in relevant financial analysis and modeling.   
  • Broad business knowledge and organizational awareness as well as an understanding of business profitability drivers. 
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to interface effectively with management, specifically Director and VP levels. 
  • Should be comfortable operating within a dynamic and complex organizational structure, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and be effective in a team-oriented environment. 
  • Needs to be technologically savvy in order to drive effective means of reporting critical business information. 
  • Strong work ethic and results orientation required for fast paced, customer-focused environment.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.



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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