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Grainger | Mettawa, Illinois
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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.


Primary Function
The primary role of this position is to lead a team of finance experts and serve as financial advisor to the US Transportation team.  Key areas of focus include evaluating the financial performance and productivity strategies of the functions, analyzing key business initiatives, developing long range forecasts, and analyzing project spend. 


Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Have financial reporting and support responsibility mainly for US transportation
  • Manage and develop a team of 3 finance professionals.  Provide outstanding leadership direction working with direct reports and provide constructive feedback to help develop team into a high performing organization.
  • Provide financial guidance and thought leadership to support decision making.  Monitor progress of initiatives; suggest potential metrics to evaluate results.
  • Provide business partners with the financial impact of strategic opportunities and give recommendations on how to meet financial objectives.
  • Act as subject matter expert for expense and/or profitability models.
  • Utilize continuous improvement principals to help improve business results and drive productivity gains throughout the department.
  • Work cross functionally to build strategic business relationships that will provide increased insight to results that can be factored into annual plan and monthly forecasts.
  • Develop and support metrics and reporting that drive business decisions and ensure attainment of agreed upon plans.
  • Provide recommendations for improvement when results are sub-optimal.


Preferred Education & Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Business or equivalent; MBA and/or CPA preferred.
  • Previous management experience preferred
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor others; ability to lead a team to operate in a complex, rapidly changing environment, and the ability to balance and prioritize work on multiple projects.
  • Strong competency in relevant financial analysis skills and accounting practices.
  • Broad business knowledge and organizational awareness as well as an understanding of business cost drivers.
  • Proven analytic and quantitative decision making skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interface effectively with senior leadership.
  • The ability to influence decision making processes without having specific authority.
  • Knowledge of SAP and Teradata preferred.  Must be technologically savvy in order to drive effective means of analyzing and reporting critical business information.


Work Environment
May require some travel (<10%)


Grainger is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or protected veteran status.

About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger) distributes facilities maintenance products, and provides services and related information used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States, Canada and Mexico to keep their facilities and equipment running. Grainger is the supplier of facilities maintenance and other related products in North America. Its operations are managed in three segments: Grainger Branch-based, Acklands - Grainger Branch-based (Acklands - Grainger), and Lab Safety Supply, Inc. (Lab Safety). Grainger Branch-based is an aggregation of the Grainger Industrial Supply (Industrial Supply), Grainger, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), Grainger Caribe Inc. (Puerto Rico), Grainger China LLC (China) and Grainger Panama S.A. (Panama). Acklands - Grainger is the Company's Canadian branch-based distribution business. Lab Safety is a direct marketer of safety and other industrial products. (Source: 10-K)

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