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Senior Supplier Performance Analyst (Supply Chain)

Date: Jun 21, 2022

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

Company: Grainger Businesses

Senior Supplier Performance Analyst

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 Senior Supplier Performance Analyst improves the supply chain Service and Cost of 100-200 suppliers representing $300M-$500M in annual purchase and developing strategies to improve the efficiency and cost of Grainger's overall inventory and product life cycle. We ask that you have an in-depth knowledge supply chain Best Demonstrated practices and principles, and work with internal and external Senior Management. Additionally, we ask that you have a Continuous Improvement mindset, and the ability to identify problems/gaps in existing processes and lead the implementation of solutions. You will report to a Sr. Manager, Supplier Performance and you will be based in Lake Forest.


You Will:


  • Improve vendor supply chain service and overall supply chain cost
  • Determine cause, supply chain deficiencies and operational gaps that result in availability failures to customers by engaging and collaborating with Fortune 500, multinational vendors at the Executive level, and determine solutions and strategies for improvement
  • Provide long term, strategic supply chain solutions to important Grainger supplier partners, and lead in the engagement and execution of these solutions
  • Prioritize the supplier's Service and Cost components of operational performance and their interdependencies, and be able to develop action plans for improvement.
  • Prepare, train, and educate suppliers on internal processes, supply chain best practices, and goals
  • Partner with suppliers to review their operations, make recommendations for improvement, and lead change.
  • Collaborate with important supply chain partners (including Product Management, Inventory Planning, DC Operations, Enterprise Systems, Accounts Payable, and Transportation) to solve vendors' supply chain issues affecting Grainger's cost and service to customers.
  • Educate and train team members on important Logistics Management processes, procedures, and projects; act as the subject matter expert of Grainger's and the vendor's supply chain.
  • Work with Inventory Planning, improve Grainger's overall supply chain costs by balancing inventory carrying costs with customer service and availability, resulting in the efficient execution of the item lifecycle process (new items, discontinued items, and removing excess, obsolete, and 3rd party inventory).
  • Negotiate supplier returns, determining cost, channel, and timing of $3M-$5M of excess, obsolete, and 3rd party inventory.
  • Identify and improve errors or inefficiencies in the supply chain (inbound pack quantities, unit of measure, labeling, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Advanced Ship Notice (ASN), etc.) that add cost and affect service to the business and customers.


You Have:


  • Bachelor's degree required; degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Industrial Distribution, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Foster and manage relationships internally and externally up to the executive level to reach shared and strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Supply Chain Management fundamentals, including inventory planning, DC operations, and transportation.
  • ,Quickly learn and become competent in, and apply new skills. Systematic thinking and problem solving are important.
  • Financial experience, with a focus on understanding the cost/benefit of varying solutions.
  • 5+ years of experience in a field of supply chain management.
  • Exposure to business disciplines outside of Supplier Performance.
  • Proficient in excel (can perform complex functions) and Access or other database and reporting tools.


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

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.