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Supplier Portfolio Manager

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, US, 48314-3761

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.

E&R Industrial, a wholly owned subsidiary of Grainger, is an innovative, full-line industrial supply distributor committed to brand name quality products, competitive prices, and on-time delivery. As a regional distributor of MRO products, including a deep portfolio of metalworking/cutting tool products and solutions, E&R provides outstanding product and technical expertise to the manufacturing industrial sector. The dedicated staff of professionals are proactive in creating cost effective solutions designed to meet and exceed the demands of our valued customers.

Position Details:

Collaborate with sales organization in developing a lead with product offering to provide our customers the most attractive and profitable product offering in the industry. Product Managers will also execute strategy through supplier management and product line execution while developing a portfolio of suppliers that delivers a year over year improvement in both revenue and profit.

You Will:

Product Portfolio:

  • Collaborate with sales organization in developing a lead with product offering that maximizes gross profit dollars and customer relevance.
  • Help develop and implement tactics in the product line strategy to increase purchasing scale and leverage among suppliers for E&R's business. Drive these tactics and manage the cost structure of the product line.
  • Work with external suppliers to acquire and maintain comprehensive product information for the assigned categories, including product specifications, product images and additional product content (e.g. technical drawings). This effort will require partnership with Grainger's product management organization and direct supplier interaction.
  • Monitor the financial performance of the assigned products to ensure there is constant feedback into the success of the product line strategy.
  • Periodically present product line strategies for the assigned categories or sub-categories to leadership.

Supply Chain:

  • Work with E&R Supply Chain partners, especially with the Warehouse team, to build product line activity in a manner that enhances the customer experience and our inventory/logistics goals.

Supplier Relationships:

  • Promote strategic direction of supplier relationships with E&R, including relationship between supplier and other applicable E&R departments.
  • Document and maintain contractual agreements between E&R and its Suppliers that maximize scalable processes and minimize E&R's risk.
  • Negotiate all elements of assigned supplier relationships to ensure lowest total cost of procurement, including: product cost, payment terms.

You Have:

  • BS/BA required
  • 3+ years relevant experience
  • Experience  building product assortments for customer requirements with Supply Chain and product information.
  • Proven ability to execute appropriate processes and decisions across an organization.
  • Demonstrated experience driving profitability through the execution of product line tactics, supplier selection and supplier negotiations.
  • Extensive knowledge industrial supply distribution.
  • Comfortable working in an agile environment

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



DE&I 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.