PB CAREERS: Grainger – Associate Exclusive Brand Product Manager

 grainger2Associate Exclusive Brand Product Manager
Work Location(s): US-IL, LAKE FOREST
Requisition Number: 51562237
Company Information

Grainger is a global leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions.

Our 18,000 employees are driven to serve customers and the community in exceptional ways focusing on delivering the highest level of service. The Grainger team works closely with customers to better understand their challenges and provide cost-saving solutions. Grainger’s employees serve customers more than 115,000 times every day through multiple channels.

As part of a high-performing team, you’ll be able to develop your talents, and make a difference.  Grainger is a Fortune 500 company and a perennial member of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies list.

Position Description

  • Under the direction of the Exclusive Brands Manager, the Associate Exclusive Brands Manager:
  •  Defines the Exclusive Brand’s  specific product strategy and incorporates into a larger overall product portfolio
  • Leads the portfolio transition and growth activities both inside and outside of Prod Mgmt and Supply Chain
  • Develops and cultivates key supplier partnerships for continued growth and portfolio needs
  •  Work cross functionally with Suppliers, Supply Chain, Brand Organization, Marketing and Sales.
  • Support Marketing with Product expertise

The main goal in the role is to drive brand consistency, awareness and sales growth.  Responsible for the successful completion of assigned objectives within established time and budget constraints.

  • Define Exclusive Brands specific product strategy and incorporate into a larger overall product portfolio.Lead portfolio transition and growth activities both inside and outside of Prod Mgmt and Supply Chain
  • Develop and cultivate key supplier partnerships for continued growth and portfolio needs
  • Support Marketing with Product expertise
  • Is the primary point of contact for all Product Management and cross-functional resources in the execution of private label programs.
  • Apply project management techniques across a variety of projects and deliver timely and effective results. Measure the effectiveness of all product portfolio strategies and provide recommendations.
  • Identify potential financial/other impacts and risks related to new product portfolio approaches, product introductions, and other initiatives.
  • Monitor industry and competitive landscape. Identify patterns and market trends to help refine product strategies.
  • Analyze internal data such as sales, sourcing, and pricing.
  • Manage plan budgets, cross-functional resources and timelines.
  • Manage other projects as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field.
  • MBA preferred
  • 3-5 years experience in Product portfolio management and Supply Chain experience; Previous business-to-business experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated strategic thought process
  • A solid leader with strong cross-functional orientation. Effectively manages change and influences others to achieve desired results.
  • Strong financial and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, stand-up presentation.
  • Experience with customer research, competitive analysis, strategy formulation, setting financial targets and evaluating results.
  • Position reports to Exclusive Brands Manager.
  • Internal relationships include: Directors and Managers within Product Management, Brand, Catalog, GGS, Sourcing, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service/Branches, Grainger Learning Center, Marketing Communications and ECommerce
  • External relationships include: customers, suppliers, industry experts, trade associations, consultants
  • Position based out of Lake Forest/Chicago, IL. Travel requirements expected to be 10-20% to field, trade shows supplier locations.
  • Use of Microsoft Office applications and SAP.