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Transportation Strategy Manager

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201 PATTERSON, CA, US, 95363-8871 GREENVILLE, SC, US, 29607-3520 LOUISVILLE, KY, US, 40299-1919 PLYMOUTH, MN, US, 55441-3604 ROANOKE, TX, US, 76262-3320 MACEDONIA, OH, US, 44056-2259 JACKSONVILLE, FL, US, 32218-2261 SOUTHAVEN, MS, US, 38671-1865 KANSAS CITY, MO, US, 64161-2543 MINOOKA, IL, US, 60447-9998 BORDENTOWN, NJ, US, 08505-4750 MIRA LOMA, CA, US, 91752-1018

Company: Grainger Businesses

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.


This role typically is located in Lake Forest, IL or any of the identified center locations, but due to COVID-19 will be fully virtual until further notice. Once the site office has a return to work plan, the team member will be required to be on-site.


The Transportation Manager leads US transportation strategy, which focuses on the creating more customer centric fulfillment solutions at a scalable cost. This includes testing new ideas and technology in the market to determine customer acceptance. The role will also focus on analyzing existing transportation design and providing cost and service improvements given the shifting business trends.


  • This is an individual contributor role and has no direct reports.
  • Lead cross functional teams focused on improving the design of key transportation workstreams.  These projects have multi-million dollar cost impacts and significant service impacts.
  • Transportation lead supporting network design initiatives including planning and execution of new warehousing models.
  • Test new transportation technology and innovation to evaluate customer acceptance
  • Analyze the existing transportation network and prioritize design changes in order to optimize cost and/or service.
  • Transportation lead on developing systemic multi-site customer solutions
  • Represent Transportation interests in high-level, cross-functional assignments
  • Collaborate regularly with Supply Chain leadership to ensure organizational objectives are supported by transportation network
  • Establish and maintain strategic alliances with key internal and external stakeholders and senior management focused on total cost and service solutions.
  • Lead creative thinking that fosters curiosity and drive change and innovation


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent preferred
  • 7-10 years of experience in related field
  • Strategic thinking
  • Transportation management experience
  • Leadership and track record of delivering results
  • Interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Change management agent
  • Communication and cross-functional collaboration
  • Problem solving and general business acumen
  • Initiative and the ability to identify opportunities, prioritize, build plans and get things done
  • Continuous improvement focus
  • Finance, analytical
  • Travel: 10-20%


EEOC Statement

“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.