Manager, Communications


As a leading industrial distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom, We Keep The World Working® by serving more than 4.5 million customers worldwide with products delivered through innovative technology and deep customer relationships. With 2023 sales of $16.5 billion, we’re dedicated to providing value for customers, fostering an engaging culture for team members and driving strong financial results.

Our welcoming workplace enables you to learn, grow and make a difference by keeping businesses running and their people safe. As a 2024 Glassdoor Best Place to Work and a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company, we’re looking for passionate people to join our team as we continue leading the industry over our next 100 years.

Position Details

Manager, Communications
Northern Illinois
Lake Forest, IL

Position Details:

The Corporate Communications Manager leads the development of high impact internal company communications programs. You will support the Grainger Business Unit communications and highest priority and most complex communications assignments. You will lead communications planning and projects and will collaborate with business area team members and leaders,including members of the GBU leadership team.You will report to Sr Director, Communications.

You Will:

  • Lead execution of deliverables for both daily functional communications, complex communication needs for the business area, and GBU communications to the enterprise. 
  • Provide communications counsel and support for Supplier communications and lead development and execution of annual Supplier communications plan. 
  • Work and projects to include managing and improving communications channels, content development for business initiatives, communications training for people leaders, creation and support of stakeholder engagement strategies, large meeting leader communications support, company strategy deployment. 
  • Manage multiple daily and project work streams concurrently, identifying and elevating integration opportunities and roadblocks to ensure impactful communications across teams and functions. 
  • Develop standards and processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of communications channels, including editorial calendar development and management, measurement. 
  • Manage communications plans, key messages, presentations and other supporting materials for functional priorities and high visibility projects; report out on progress to senior leaders. 
  • Provide strategic direction to teams managing deployment and change communications. 
  • Ensure Grainger's brand is represented positively in all company materials and communications. 
  • Show up as a business leader, beyond the role of communicator.

You Have:

  • 5 years of experience across all dimensions of internal communications 
  • A willingness to experiment with new ways to communicate with team members 
  • Proven success working in a matrixed environment and leading large scale, complex change initiatives 
  • Experience consulting on strategic communications recommendations to both corporate and field clients 
  • Experience advising peers and senior leaders on communications

Rewards and Benefits:

With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice and flexibility to meet our team members' individual needs. Check out some of the rewards available to you at Grainger:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans 
  • PTO (Paid time off) and 6 company holidays per year 
  • Automatic 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period 
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, 3:1 match on donations and tuition reimbursement 
  • A comprehensive set of emotional, financial, physical and social wellbeing programs

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