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Category Manager - remote/virtual

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Remote, 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:

The Grainger Indirect Procurement team manages over $1 billion of indirect spend for business team members across Grainger North America. As Associate Category Manager, you will develop the sourcing strategy to provide service and results through planning, business need, industry assessment, strategy definition, execution, supplier selection, transactional planning and contracting. You will report to the Senior Category Manager

You Will:

  • Lead standard global procurement sourcing activities related to spend in specific categories, including conducting spend and savings analysis
  • Align with defined global sourcing strategies for managed categories, consistent with goals.
  • Lead the global sourcing process for suppliers including eSourcing RFI/RFP/RFX, negotiations, and contract execution with selected suppliers
  • Collaborate with business leaders to align with short-term and long-term global category goals and pipeline opportunities.
  • Use research and market intelligence tools to monitor supplier industry trends and to validate and benchmark costs and competitive pricing
  • Manage projects within assigned categories with the ability to meet defined timelines and provide status updates to partners and business leaders
  • Manage supplier relationships and complete supplier performance management techniques following guidelines and in collaboration with partners
  • Monitor supplier performance observing contract obligations, SLA's, KPI's, and metrics to maximize compliance and avoid issues
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities in procurement processes to increase efficiency and results across the department.

You Have:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 3+ years of Category Management , indirect procurement, contract negotiations, and global sourcing experience
  • Previous management experience leading projects
  • Professional qualification/certification from related professional organizations (e.g. CPM, CPSM, APICS)
  • Strong understanding of Strategic Sourcing processes
  • Ability to assess and manage contractual, operational, financial and risk


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.