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Sr. Planning Analyst - Inventory Systems (Lake Forest, IL)

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Date: Dec 7, 2018

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

A Senior Inventory Systems Planning Analyst will be accountable for functional expertise over select planning areas within the system for specific business policies and procedures, as assigned, within the following areas:


  • Demand Capture
  • Manage Demand
  • Forecast
  • EOQ/Safety Stock
  • DRP/Deployment


Based on the specific assigned area of ownership, the analyst will:

  • Aide in developing supply chain strategies to meet customer service initiatives and meet inventory performance targets.
  • Participate in discussions with assigned regional or countries business representatives to adapt the planning system in order to effectively accommodate business unit needs.
  • Identify and recommend enhancements to supply chain systems.
  • Work with cross functional Supply Chain partners to gain alignment on business policies and system functionality to execute those policies.


    In addition, the Senior Inventory Systems Planning Analyst will:

  • Perform system maintenance and maintain master data within planning areas and processes, as needed.
  • Review and analyzes planning data to prepare reports for management review.
  • Perform ad-hoc analyses as needed.

Meet regularly with ES partners to discuss business requirements, system needs, and system health.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Mgmt, Business, Economics, Statistics or related field
  • 3 to 5 years experience in related field
  • Strong analytic fundamentals, proficiency in analyzing  large data sets to solve problems and experience working with cross-functional partners
  • Understanding of key financial, customer service and supply chain metrics
  • Project Management and continuous improvement experience a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; requires knowledge of downloading and uploading information via mainframe and PC systems
  • Proficiency in SPSS, a plus

Working knowledge of SAP Supply Chain Suite, particularly Advance Planning & Optimization or Service Parts Planning, a plus

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.

Job Segment: Inventory, Systems Analyst, Mainframe, ERP, Supply, Operations, Technology

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