Analyst, Supply Chain Rotational Development Program - ILDC

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: MINOOKA, IL, US, 60447-9998

Company: Grainger Businesses

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 Supply Chain Rotational Development Program (RDP) is a three-year rotational program which will equip participants with the experiences, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand how Grainger’s supply chain organization delivers values to our customers. Participants will gain experiences in business analytics, continuous improvement principles & practices, and leading teams in front-line supply chain operations to accelerate their development.

Participants will complete 3 one-year rotations which are designed to enhance the technical and leadership skills needed to lead supply chain operations. Our program is built on the following foundational pillars: (1) Operations & Supply Chain Analytics (2) Customer & Project Management and (3) Front-Line Leadership.  Rotations include but are not limited to:

Operations & Supply Chain Analytics

  • DC Storage & Throughput   Optimization
  • DC Reporting & Analytics
  • DC Inventory & Quality Assurance

Customer & Project Management

  • Supplier Performance Management
  • Transportation
  • Branch Network
  • Customer Service Centers

Front-Line Leadership

  • DC Supervisor


You Will:

  • Participant will have the opportunity to rotate across three Supply Chain functions during the program.
  • Learn DC Operations and Global Supply Chain key functions and apply learnings to assist with key business initiatives. 
  • Learn and understand the interactions between key end-to-end Supply Chain functions including inventory planning, vendor management, distribution operations, transportation, and post-order support.
  • Manage, measure, and improve inventory storage efficiency and throughput capacity for Grainger’s distribution centers.
  • Lead a group of up to 25 distribution center team members to drive operational excellence and support Grainger’s mission to “keep the world working”.
  • Lead or participate in cross-functional projects designed to reduce operational costs or improve service for our customers.
  • Apply problem-solving and critical thinking to drive cross-functional continuous improvement efforts across Grainger’s Supply Chain.
  • Develop compelling data analytics to measure department KPI’s, identify opportunities for improvement and measure impact.
  • Become proficient with data analytics, reporting and the tools and applications (Teradata, Power BI, Business Objects, SAP) to support this work., etc.


Participant will also receive various forms of professional development throughout the program. These include: a comprehensive, structured onboarding experience, ongoing coaching and mentoring, exposure to various levels of leadership, networking, and community involvement. Upon successful completion of the program the Graduates will be eligible to become senior-level professionals within the Grainger Supply Chain.


Work Environment:

  • All 3 rotations will be based out of:
    • Illinois Distribution Center (ILDC), Minooka, IL
  • Majority of communications in person, but also will interact with colleagues via email, and over the phone.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Must be able to interface with a multi-shift operation and physically frequent all Team Member work areas.
  • Up to 10% travel.


You Have:

  • Expected graduation between December 2023 and June 2024 for July 2024 start date.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Bachelor’s degree required with preference in business, supply chain management, engineering, mathematics, or equivalent experience. 
  • Relevant internship experience.
  • Intermediate level of expertise in MS Office is required.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with the desire to drive results.
  • Ability to foster, manage and leverage relationships with stakeholders, team members, and end users.
  • Ability to operate on tight deadlines with multiple priorities subject to frequent changes.
  • No visa sponsorships.


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

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.