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Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 7:08 AM

Grainger is a broad line, business:to:business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger's distribution centers and branches worldwide.
Job Title: PPO Category Lead
Primary function:
The PPO Category Lead is responsible for leading the portfolio review process, as well as, additional cost saving initiatives in order to deliver the best assortment at the best cost. This position partners cross:functionally to ensure portfolio reviews are executed and implemented in a timely manner across the business.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Sourcing Strategy:
:Serve as the cross functional lead for portfolio reviews and other cost savings initiatives.
:Design and execute a customer relevant sourcing strategy that maximizes gross profit dollars while driving top:line sales growth.
:The scope of the Category Lead's responsibility may cover all Grainger global business units depending on the category review.
:Design negotiation strategy that supports an optimal total cost of procurement, including but not limited to: product cost, performance metrics, rebates, payment terms, returns etc. Leverage purchasing scale and increase competition among suppliers for Grainger's businesses.
:Identify new Grainger Global Sourcing opportunities within the desired portfolio strategy.
:Lead planning, review, and implementation strategy to ensure portfolio optimization recommendation is executed in a timely manner.
Market and Customer Research:
:Collaborate with key stakeholders across the organization to ensure that extensive customer research and brand segment initiatives are incorporated into the sourcing strategy.
Total Cost Optimization:
:Partner with Global Supply Chain and Finance to ensure sourcing strategy supports total cost optimization objectives.
:Evaluate the financial performance of the overall product line to identify opportunities to improve portfolio profitability.
Supplier Communication Strategy:
:Develop and drive execution of supplier communication strategy for portfolio reviews.
Supplier Agreements:
:Support the optimization of contractual agreements between Grainger and its Suppliers minimize Grainger's risk and align to negotiated agreements.

Preferred Education and Experience:
:Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Business, or equivalent related experience. Requires minimum of 3 : 5 years' experience in Purchasing, Product Management, Manufacturing, or Distribution.
:Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, etc.)
:Proven ability to lead and execute business decisions across an organization.
:Possesses demonstrated working knowledge of business strategies including customer requirements, catalog merchandising, Supply Chain strategies, product information strategies, and marketing strategies.
:Demonstrated proficiency in partnering with cross functional key stakeholders across the business.
:Demonstrated experience in driving results through the negotiation process such as contract negotiation and supplier performance.
:Proven project management, financial analysis and problem solving skills.
:Strong interpersonal skills including ability to find creative solutions to problems, ability to effectively collaborate with team members.
:Self:directed, flexible and able to work independently.
:Attention to detail, ab


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