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W.W. Grainger, Inc

Chicago, IL

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Company OverviewGrainger 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 DescriptionPrimary FunctionThe Category Merchandiser is responsible for developing online and catalog strategies to grow aligned product category sales and conversion by effectively merchandising products and services on the website and in the general catalog.The role is focused on  developing and executing consistent long term category growth plans and product content strategies across channels by leveraging new and existing tools to more effectively merchandise products to optimize the customers discovery and selection of product.. Responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, strategy, optimization and print and online reporting for aligned categories. Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Responsible for developing merchandising strategy and implementing online and catalog product presentation, ensuring items are merchandised in the best possible product groupings with the best possible attribute data and initiating the development of any product related content.
Maximize product selection by ensuring products are displayed in the correct hierarchy both online and in print.
Collaborates with Product Management, Product Information, Digital Channels, Analytics, Merchandising Operations, Optimization, Marketing Teams to develop growth strategies and drive integration across customer touch points.
Research & Gap Analysis of competitor & Related Industry websites and catalogs to assess threats and opportunities.
Leverage reporting and analytic tools to monitor specific performance metrics and suggest appropriate modifications to category presentation to improve the customer experience
Identify and recommend system enhancement opportunities based on category needs and customer insights and behaviors.
Understand and anticipate implications across channels of merchandising actions.  Share practices and learnings.
 Position Requirements:Preferred Education & Experience
BS/BA degree in Marketing or Business preferred
5-7 years experience in product management, merchandising, marketing or product development
Keen understanding of online space
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proven judgment with ability to understand implications of customer and business issues
Solid understanding of online analytics (Adobe/Omniture), setting up reporting and translating data
Excellent communication skills
Product aptitude
Strong systemic thinking and problem solving skills
Demonstrated interpersonal and relationship building skills
Proven organizational skills
Previous experience in the Tools industry a plus
 EEOC StatementGrainger 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.

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Grainger’s mission is to help professionals keep their operations running and their people safe while providing an environment where hard-working and talented team members thrive. Every day our 23,700 team members get it done for our customers, suppliers and communities. Their global spirit of service fuels the company’s commitment to making a positive difference everywhere we operate

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