Planning Analyst - Inventory (Lake Forest, IL)

Company Overview

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.


Position Description

This position is responsible for the execution and continuous improvement of inventory planning policies for the 250+ US branches and sales force that services end customers.

  • Manage $20M+ of the inventory investment of the Company’s US branches to meet aggressive customer service and inventory performance targets.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Branch Network, Sales, and Supply Chain partners to develop local strategies to serve customer demand, manage exceptions, recommend and execute solutions that meet customer needs, performance metric goals and support long-term supply chain objectives. 
  • Review and analyze significant amounts of planning data to perform gap analysis, identify root causes, recommend and implement supply chain planning enhancements.
  • Create/prepare reports for leadership review and performance communication to business partners at all levels as appropriate.
  • Perform ad-hoc analysis as needed.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Mgmt, Business, Economics, Statistics or related field
  • 2 to 4 years experience in logistics and/or forecasting
  • Strong analytic fundamentals, proficiency in analyzing large data sets
  • Understanding of key financial, customer service and supply chain metrics
  • Project management, continuous improvement, and experience working with cross-functional partners a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; requires knowledge of downloading and uploading information via mainframe and PC systems
  • Working knowledge of SAP Supply Chain Suite, particularly Advance Planning & Optimization a plus
  • Able to travel as required.

EEOC 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.

Full time
LAKE FOREST, IL 600455202, US