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Finance Manager

Date: Aug 10, 2019

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

Company: Grainger

At Grainger (NYSE: GWW), we help keep people safe and businesses humming through innovative solutions, state of the art technology, and world class service. As the MRO industry market leader with global sales over $11B and tenth largest e-retailer in North America, Grainger’s people are the differentiating factor and what has made us successful for over 90 years. More than 3.2 million businesses globally rely on Grainger for more than 1.6 stocked products and great service. We continue to grow and evolve by investing in our people and technology and better understanding the needs and providing value to our customers.



The Finance team is crucial to running our business. Across all Finance teams, leaders build strong partnerships and our business partners look to us for fast and actionable insights to drive profitable growth and provide value to our customers.

Finance leaders lead diverse, collaborative and energetic teams that challenge the status quo, bring a unique perspective to the table and contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion. They also enjoy solving complex business problems and seeking creative opportunities and solutions to help Grainger’s customers keep their operations running and their people safe.  

Grainger has modern facilities in Chicago’s northern suburbs and downtown that complement team members’ active lifestyles and flexible work schedules.

In a nutshell, Grainger Finance is a place where you can flourish and make an impact on the world around you. We pride ourselves in helping our customers “get it done!”.


Primary Function

Finance Manager roles are rotational and provide unique opportunities for financial athletes to learn different areas of our business.


Top Reasons to lead a Grainger Finance Team:

  • Bring your best ideas and experience to help Grainger beat the competition
  • Opportunity to recruit, lead, and develop high performing talent who share a unified goal of serving as a driving force in creating value for customers
  • Drive business results and share insights to implement solutions to drive growth
  • Be a part of and lead large-scale transformation

Main duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Keep the customer top of mind and think creatively when creating value for customers
  • Manage and develop a team; size of team may vary depending on area
  • Leverage digital solutions to drive efficiencies and faster insights
  • Drive continuous improvement by automating, refining, and implementing processes, tools, and deliverables
  • Develop modeling solutions, analysis and reporting to support strategic initiatives
  • Guide business partners to ensure sound financial decisions. Responsible for identifying financial and operational metrics that impact financial and operational results
  • Dive deep and understand the upstream and downstream processes and effects of business decisions
  • Create clear and transparent financial analysis on the health of the business; understanding end-to-end process, risk and controls
  • Assess risks and opportunities and identify key operational and financial actions to drive improvement. Provide recommendations and influence business decisions, which include presentations to senior management
  • Assist in preparation of annual financial plan, quarterly and long-range forecasts


Finance Departments and Teams with leadership opportunities include: 

  • Operational Finance
    • North American Sales and Services
    • Merchandising and Supplier Management
    • Global Supply Chain
    • Global Enterprise Systems
    • Digital Architecture and Operations
    • Business and Data Analytics
    • International
  • Global Controllership
    • External Reporting & Analytics
    • Corporate & Operational Controllership
    • Tax Operations (Planning, Federal, State, Indirect)
    • Global Internal Controls
    • International Controllership
  • Investor Relations
  • Global Internal Audit
    • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Data Analytics
    • Operational, Compliance and Financial Audits
    • Sarbanes Oxley
  • Treasury and Corporate Finance
    • Corporate Finance
    • Global Capital Planning
    • International Markets and Treasury
  • Financial Shared Services
    • AR, Credit, Collections
    • AP, Cash Processing
    • Operations, Reporting, and Systems Support
  • Real Estate
    • Real Estate Planning and Operations, including Global Sustainability
    • Facilities Maintenance



Preferred skills and qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business, and STEM fields
  • 5+ years of relevant experience; previous management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to influence without specific authority
  • Knack for being a “talent magnet,” including proven ability to coach and mentor others
  • Ability to lead a team in a complex and dynamic environment and the ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects
  • Strong ability to think creatively, challenge the status quo, deal with ambiguity (building from a clean sheet of paper) and quickly adapt and grow
  • Strong financial acumen and relevant financial skills, including quantitative problem solving
  • Broad business knowledge, end-to-end thinking, and organizational awareness
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships and foster effective cross-functional collaboration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to understand the details and effectively interface and story-tell to Senior Management



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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