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Product Engineer

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: MUNDELEIN, IL, US, 60060-4403 Hybrid, IL, US, N/A

Company: Grainger Businesses

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:

You will Provide Engineering expertise in the development of product evaluations and testing to ensure compliance with all quality, performance, safety and reliability standards. You will also provide technical support to all Private Brand customers.

You will report to the Manager, Category Engineering.


You Will:

  • Evaluate moderately complex products for compliance with performance, quality, reliability, and safety following specifications dictated by Grainger Global Sourcing and government agencies. Approve production samples.
  • Submit for approval engineering scope and test plans, product evaluation reports, technical specifications and quality assurance sheets per project schedule.
  • Create program specific recommendations for engineering test equipment, supplies, and third-party test services.
  • Implement plans and strategies to meet program requirements and deadlines.
  • Communicate and partner with Supplier Management and Merchandising.
  • Develop appropriate testing and evaluation methods to recommend product, technology, quality and cost improvements. Create documents and test reports on CI plans for category specific products.
  • Support value engineering efforts.
  • Develop and deliver presentations to interdepartmental groups regarding product work and process training.
  • Analyze product warranty returns and create monthly reports.
  • Review technical documents for content and safety information, such as owner's manuals, product bulletins, catalog copy, and package labeling.
  • Identify and recommend lab equipment and test provider sources and costs.
  • Prepare samples and technical sales presentation materials for product line reviews, patent reviews, and for GGS customers to make final purchasing decisions.


You Have:

  • A Bachelor's or Associate's degree in a technical discipline is required. Electrical, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering areas of study preferred.
  • Experience with electric motors.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience.
  • Engineering skills are required in product analysis and failures.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets), PowerPoint and Access, including the ability to write queries, use mail-merge functions, create charts and graphs, and presentations.
  • Experience procuring, reading, understanding, and interpreting technical reports, specifications, test data, patents and to be able to translate technical information into useful laymen's terms.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of different hand tools, power tools and test equipment.
  • Able to travel 10-15% of time, with some international travel possible.
  • Knowledge of applicable compliancy bodies and requirements such as Underwriter's Laboratories, Canadian Standards Association, etc.


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.