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Manager, Creative Design

Remote Lake Forest, IL

Grainger is a leading broad line distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.

We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. As one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, we have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way with Grainger today.


Please note that this a Hybrid role, which requires in-person attendance in Lake Forest, IL headquarters 

Leads design for a variety of multi-channel integrated campaigns and marketing tactics while concepting and designing the look and feel and sensibility for the brand. This position is strategic, operationally focused and works closely with our Sr. Manager of Creative, and Director of Brand & Creative to help set direction and execute fast-paced design and content development. Hands-on manager to lead the team of designers on day-to-day and long-term projects while also developing the teams professional skills, digital skills and understanding the impact on the evolving technology in this space.

You will report to the Director of Marketing

You Will:

  • Provide leadership around design elements on all creative projects.
  • Responsible for concepting through execution supporting all Grainger customer objectives regardless of channel and creative format.
  • Accountable for overall quality of creative design output and the look and feel for marketing, and the brand including supporting a multitude of digital/offline channels around a variety of customer objectives
  • Resources and prioritizes and manages work assignments and the execution of projects
  • Create processes and procedures necessary to ensure the best possible creative outcomes keeping best in class marketing efforts in mind• Ability to harness, understand, and utilize new technologies (Gen AI, etc) to unlock creative efficiencies
  • Help craft and evolve the corporate visual style, voice and standards
  • Mentor and develop best-in-class design staff by up-skilling, providing inspiration, motivation and new learning and design stretch opportunities• Ensure standards are met from initial concepts through completed project

You Have:

  • 7-10 years professional experience with 3-5 years managerial experience leading a team of graphic design, copy, web design, photography, images and videography.
  • BA/BS/BFA required (MA a plus) in advertising, marketing, communications, or design-related field
  • Thorough knowledge of the latest Adobe Creative Suite – (Adobe Express, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge and working experience with motion graphics and animation
  • Working knowledge of CMS, email development, HTML and CSS
  • Understanding of business-to-business marketing methods
  • Demonstrated success in a large multi-channel organization and/or agency
  • Ability to translate business and customer objectives into creative strategy
  • Broad creative expertise, strong in graphic design – with exceptional creative leadership and a track record of innovation
  • Outstanding people skills with a focus on developing and upskilling individuals and talent

Rewards and Benefits:

With benefits starting day one, our programs provide choice and flexibility to meet team members' individual needs. Check out the highlights below and review all our benefits at

  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and pet insurance plans and 6 free sessions each year with a licensed therapist to support your emotional wellbeing
  • Paid time off (PTO) and 6 company holidays per year
  • 6% company contribution to a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan each pay period, no match required
  • Employee discounts, tuition reimbursement, student loan refinancing and free access to financial counseling, education and tools
  • Maternity support programs, nursing benefits, and up to 14 weeks paid leave for birth parents and up to 4 weeks paid leave for non-birth parents

DEI Statement

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment that includes both providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities during the application and hiring process as well as throughout the course of one’s employment. With this in mind, should you need a reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please advise us so that we can provide appropriate assistance.

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