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Merchant

REQ-20542

IL - Oak Brook

Merchandising Group

The Merchant is responsible for all aspects of Ace and Emery Jensen Distribution (EJD) assortment strategy, development and execution through to retail for a respective category. This responsibility spans both B2C and B2B customer types. The position provides leadership within the organization via a thorough understanding of the competitive marketplace and trends, opportunities for Ace retailers and EJD customers to grow via differentiated assortment and ability to articulate and drive an action plan to execute.


The Merchant – role is the core of driving the company’s promise of delivering consumer relevant, high quality, differentiated, localized assortments to Ace retailers and wholesale customers at the lowest cost.

What you’ll do

Strategy and Business Planning

  • Identify opportunities within strategic planning process to grow respective category in terms of sales and gross profit

  • Present plan to leadership for support and revisit throughout the year to report progress and shifts in execution

  • Manage category growth plan for Ace and EJD while achieving SKU productivity and ACENET Direct goals.

  • Manage highly complex categories and execution (Level 3 POG) requiring cross-functional support

Category Reviews

  • Determine category selection and goals for assortments (both B2B and B2C)

  • Determine vendor selection and lead all negotiation and program syncs on behalf of Ace and EJD

  • Lead wholesale and retail assortment and merchandising aides with category management and store development

  • Understand and drive regional needs of category and build into category deliverables on an ongoing basis

  • Develop execution plan via incentives and marketing to drive adoption at retail

  • Negotiate Price and Program for all vendors in the department

Promotional Planning

  • Plan and negotiate all vendor marketing assessments

  • Develop monthly promotional schedule of advertised categories/items across all mediums to drive awareness and increased transactions at retail

  • Identify items, negotiate special pricing and terms, develop a retail placement and execution strategy, and present items to the promotions team for selection

  • Oversee all promotional item submission forms, target pricing, correction notices and AD proofing

Retailer Communication

  • Attend retailer group meetings and targeted retail store visits

  • Utilize ACENET to communicate new programs, changes or issues

  • Coordinate with Merch CARE to prep Ace Care Center for calls and e-mails related to respective category

Convention Planning

  • Select vendors to attend semi-annual convention

  • Plan and execute all vendor programs including drop ship forms, Power Buys, Saving Showcase and New Arrivals

  • Plan merchant area theme and execution for respective category

Inventory/Supply Chain Support

  • Assist in diagnosing and resolving vendor service issues

  • Assist in inventory planning for promotional items

Financial Management

  • Manage and grow wholesale product gross profit rate via vendor extraneous income and SAP conditions

  • Negotiate and maintain New Store Allowance agreements

  • Manage liability fund to fund category growth initiatives

  • Develop and present annual sales and liability budgets

What you will need:

Knowledge, Experience, and Competencies:

Ace Merchant Competencies

  • Product passion – Natural and fanatical curiosity around product and retail marketplace, demonstrated and put into action. Convertible to multiple categories based on changes in responsibilities.

  • Strategic thinking – Ability to envision, create and present strategy to drive disruptive wholesale and/or retail growth in category sales and profit

  • Results-oriented – Ability to drive results to and above plan with full accountability, proactively shifting efforts as trends and business variables change

  • Leadership – Demonstrated and active leadership across the organization, vendors and retailers as authority in respective category. Superior problem-solving skills.

  • Negotiation skills – Superior negotiation skills with proven results leveraging company scale, business drivers and strategies

  • Presentation skills – Ability to plan, assemble and present with excellence strategy, execution and updates to leadership, across the organization, vendors and retailers

Experience and Technical Requirements:

  • 4+ years of business experience

  • 2+ years managing product categories

  • Strong problem-solving skills required

  • Strong interpersonal skills required

  • Understand financial measures that impacts corporation

  • Demonstrate strong decision-making skills

  • Highly creative, flexible and adaptable with good follow-through

  • Versatility to shift category responsibility every 1-2 years

  • Proven ability to multi-task projects and meet deadlines

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point,

  • Knowledge of PCM, SAP and guided Ad-hoc reporting tools

  • Ability to travel 25%

Compensation Details:

$96000 - $120000 Per Year

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability ) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Merchandising Group

The Job

The Department Merchandise Manager - Plumbing/Heating & Cooling is responsible for leadership and development of a merchant team for all aspects of Ace and EJD assortment strategy, development and execution through to retail for a respective group of categories to achieve wholesale and retail success as measured by sales, gross profit, margin rate, GMROI and other key metrics. This responsibility spans both B2C and B2B customer types. The position also provides leadership as a collective peer team regarding organizational structure & personnel, strategy, goals, prioritizing work plans and execution.

The oversight of the DMM team is the core of driving alignment and disciplined execution of the company’s promise to deliver consumer relevant, high quality, differentiated, localized assortments to Ace retailers and wholesale customers at the lowest cost.

What you’ll do:

Strategy and Assortment Planning

  • Interpret Ace corporate strategies to align with departmental strategic direction as it relates to inventory management of warehouse, overstock and seasonal SKUs, trend and industry relevant seasonal and/or core product assortments; profitable convenience, core and super planograms; and marketing initiatives.

  • Lead the strategic planning process to grow respective categories in terms of sales and gross profit, as well as common strategies around shared initiatives to drive improvement within the enterprise.

  • Oversight of all category metrics including sales plan, product GMROI, vendor supply chain goals, SKU optimization and inventory management

  • Present 3-year strategies to officer team with departmental alignment and execute to plan.

  • Oversee shifts in priorities throughout the year to report progress and shifts in execution.

  • Oversee category growth plan with new, innovative, exclusive assortments and vendor partnerships for Ace and its affiliate channels (AIH, EJD, B2B, e-comm, ACENET Direct, etc.) while achieving SKU productivity and ACENET Direct goals.

  • As determined, lead highly complex assortment and initiative development and execution (Level 3 POG) requiring cross-functional support.

Team and Cross-Functional Leadership

  • Participate in overall leadership of merchandising team, assisting in setting annual goals, growth plans and execution via alignment with cross-functional areas of the company. Manage key vendor relationships and assigned growth projects.

  • Continue to administer platforms to support process change/improvement and streamline organizational, system inefficiencies.

  • Demonstrate leadership across the organization via strong cross-functional relationships with key business partners and teams, including category management, inventory, supply chain, consumer marketing and retail operations.

  • Continually administer platforms to support process change/improvement and streamline organizational and system inefficiencies.

Team Building and Development

  • Responsible for attracting and retaining best in class talent for the merchandising department. Facilitate/engage teams with leadership and business skills training, mentor future leaders and continually coach for excellence.

  • Communicating roles and responsibilities, establishing goals, prioritizing workload, conducting talent reviews and support development.

Financial Performance

  • Achieve yearly financial plans through oversight of strategic marketing planning, reduction in cost negotiations, increased retailer adoption and enterprise channel extensions (AIH, EJD, B2B, ACENET Direct, e-comm).

  • Manage financial metric planning and grow overall team wholesale product gross profit income while maintaining rate via vendor extraneous income, liability account growth and oversight of SAP pricing/conditions.

  • Manage and grow team New Store Allowance agreements.

  • Manage team liability fund to fund category growth initiatives.

Category Reviews

  • Oversee team category selection and goals for assortments (both B2B and B2C) via performance analysis and assessments of financial analysis, marketplace, consumer, and Ace retailer positioning.

  • Provide oversight and mentoring to merchants through cross-functional review objective development, review plan, vendor engagement, negotiation and assortment build.

  • Build with merchant execution targets and action plans with leadership alignment.

Promotional Planning

  • Collectively plan with DMM team vendor marketing assessment targets and negotiation.

  • Oversee monthly group promotional schedule of advertised categories/items across all mediums to drive awareness and increased transactions at retail.

Convention Planning

  • Oversee team planning and execution of all vendor show programs including Power Buys, Saving Showcase, Discovery EDGE and merchant initiative areas.

  • Lead retailer and cross-functional updates for team including field meetings, retailer group updates during the show.

Retailer Relationships and Communication

  • Attend retailer group meetings and targeted retail store visits to build trust and rapport with field team and key stores to review alignment and opportunities in respective categories.

  • Oversee team execution within all retailer touchpoints, including ACENET, to communicate new programs, changes or updates.

What you will need:

Knowledge, Experience, and Competencies:

Ace DMM Competencies

  • Product passion – Natural and fanatical curiosity around product and retail marketplace, demonstrated and put into action.

  • Strategic thinking – Ability to envision, create and present strategy to drive disruptive wholesale and/or retail growth in category sales and profit

  • Results-oriented – Ability to drive results to and above plan with full accountability, proactively shifting efforts as trends and business variables change

  • Leadership – Demonstrated and active leadership across the organization, vendors and retailers as authority in respective category.

  • Negotiation skills – Superior negotiation skills with proven results leveraging company scale, business drivers and strategies

  • Presentation skills – Ability to plan, assemble and present with excellence strategy, execution and updates to leadership, across the organization, vendors and retailers

Experience and Technical Requirements:

  • 10+ years of business experience

  • 5+ years managing product categories

  • Strong strategic thinking and leadership skills. A track record of leading and directing teams is critical.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required

  • Strong financial and business acumen

  • Demonstrate strong decision-making skills

  • Highly creative, flexible and adaptable with good follow-through

  • Proven ability to multi-task projects and meet deadlines

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point

  • Ability to travel 25%

#LI-CK1

Compensation Details:

$150000 - $195000

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability ) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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Assistant Merchant

REQ-19718

IL - Oak Brook

Merchandising Group

The Job

As an Assistant Merchant, you are responsible for all aspects of support for a product category, including but not limited to category review support, promotional planning, show prep, retailer communication, SKU on-boarding, and maintenance and special projects as assigned.

The position is designed as a support role, as well as development step in all aspects of the buying department to prepare a candidate for full category responsibility as a Merchant I.

The Assistant Merchant:

  • executes the current year plan that has been laid out by the Merchant
  • is responsible for all aspects of support for a product category
  • assists with teams’ responsibilities and projects, including category reviews, promotional planning processes, show preparation, retailer communication, SKU onboarding and maintenance, and special projects as assigned.
  • is expected to consider enterprise (retail, EJD, international) impact with all decisions.

What you’ll do:

Category Review Support

  • Support merchant in all phases of category review process
  • Request and prepare all category analytics
  • Participate in all aspects of vendor meeting prep, meetings, item selection, plan-o-gram build, marketing and execution to retailers

Promotional Planning Support

  • Support in organizing and securing all vendor marketing assessments
  • Assist in solicitation of monthly promotional items from vendors
  • Assist with promotional item submission forms, target pricing, correction notices and AD proofing

Retailer Communication

  • Support with daily retailer customer service
  • Assist with communication via ACENET to relay new programs, changes or issues
  • Assist with Merch CARE to prep Ace Care Center for calls and e-mails related to respective category

Convention Planning Support

  • Assist in selecting and inviting vendors to attend semi-annual convention
  • Lead prep of show materials including drop ship forms, as well as submission for Power Buys, Saving Showcase and New Arrivals
  • Assist in planning merchant area theme and execution for respective category

Inventory/Supply Chain Support

  • Assist in diagnosing and resolving vendor service issues
  • Assist in inventory planning for promotional items

Systems Support

  • Lead SKU on-boarding for department with respective merchandising SYSTEMS coordinator
  • Lead processing of department SAP price changes with respective merchandising SYSTEMS coordinator
  • Lead all item master data changes with article content team

Special Projects

  • Lead department and cross-functional projects as assigned by DMM and merchant

What you will need:

Knowledge, Experience, and Competencies:

Ace Assistant Merchant Competencies

  • Product passion – Natural and fanatical curiosity around product and retail marketplace, demonstrated and put into action.
  • Strategic thinking – has advanced business acumen to draw insights from gathered data.
  • Relationship Builder – Builds and leverages internal / external network (vendors, retailers, cross functional team members, etc.) to drive results and improve processes.
  • Results-oriented – Ability to drive results to and above plan with full accountability, proactively shifting efforts as trends and business variables change
  • Presentation skills – Ability to plan, assemble and present with excellence strategy, execution and updates to leadership, across the organization, vendors and retailers

Experience and Technical Requirements:

  • 2+ years of business experience
  • Retail experience preferred
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Understand financial measures that impacts corporation
  • Demonstrate strong decision-making skills
  • Highly creative, flexible and adaptable with good follow-through
  • Proven ability to multi-task projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point,
  • Knowledge of PCM, SAP and guided Ad-hoc reporting tools
  • Ability to travel 15%

#LI-CK1

Compensation Details:

$72000 - $88400

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability ) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Information Technology Group

The Senior IT Security Engineer designs, implements and operates security operations technologies and processes to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats.

What You’ll Do

Design, build, test, improve, operate and support
the IT security operations infrastructure and associated processes:

  • Engineer, deploy and operate Security Information Event Management (SIEM) and sensor infrastructure solutions, perform threat hunting activities, deploy and operate security operations hardware / software as required.

  • Identify, diagnose, and resolve security infrastructure issues.

  • Interact with business partners and provide IT security engineering, operational support, design services and incident/risk mitigation.

  • Implement solutions or updates to existing technologies and develop / maintain documentation related to the network security technologies and processes.

What You Need To Succeed
This position requires experience in deploying and operating Security Information and Event Management systems (SIEM), to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in large organizations.

Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity or related field.

  • 5+ years of experience in IT Security Operations and Incident response.

  • Experience with a SIEM tool is required. Microsoft Sentinel experience is preferred.

  • Experience with CrowdStrike, Zscaler, and Qualys is a plus.

  • Strong understanding of analysis/response of suspected cybersecurity incidents

  • Experience with tuning and optimization of cybersecurity tools, such as EDR, SIEM, and SOAR.

  • Ability to lead security engineering projects and effectively communicate with business partners.

#LI-KH1

Compensation Details:

$120000-$140000 per year

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability ) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Administrative/Support Staff Group

Compensation Details:

$22.00 Per Hour

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

Job Description:

E-Commerce Operations and Fulfillment Internship 2024 Summer Internship (Full Time/Paid/Hybrid)

2024 Summer Internship Program

The Ace Internship program allows you to apply skills and knowledge you're learning in College today, while contributing in a hands-on environment to fit your career objectives, complement your academic work and enhance your learning. Here’s what you will take away from your experience this summer:

  • Real hands-on experience in your assigned department/function with day-to-day projects, responsibilities, accountabilities and deadlines.
  • Opportunity to partner with other interns over the summer on a Capstone project, presenting your findings and recommendations to Ace’s Leadership
  • Q & A with Ace’s CEO and Senior Leadership team
  • Resume Workshop to help you prepare for future opportunities
  • Opportunity to volunteer through the Ace Hardware Foundation
  • Teambuilding activities and more.

Your internship experience at Ace will give you the knowledge and skills future employers will look for! Want to hear more? Please review our Glassdoor comments from former interns!

Your Responsibilities

Your primary focus as an eCommerce Operations and Fulfillment Intern will be in the following areas:

Key Deliverables
Buy Online Delivery from Store (BODFS) program optimization

  • Store Radius / Polygon coverage analysis
    • Identify gaps/opportunities in current coverage map
    • Identify overlapping coverage and impact of expanded 20 mile Doordash radius
    • Determine Sales and Customer Reach impact of expansion (ex: 1 mi = 10k potential customers in urban environment)
    • Recommendations for store radius settings by population density
  • Price point analysis – what should store be charging for same day/next day

Freight delta analysis

  • Use a finite data set to expose trends and gaps in what is charged to customers for ship to home vs what Ace is charged by Fedex
    • Determine avg. gap per order
    • Perform an analysis of what is driving this gap (surcharges, product types, etc)

Secondary Workstreams
Customer Journey Mapping by Fulfillment type (ISP, STS, STH, BODFS)

  • Identify pain points in current flows and ideate monitoring checklist

Top & Bottom store assessment(s) – gap analysis

  • Cancellations
  • Ready in 15 minutes

Cancel Verbatims

  • Categorization and frequency of free-text cancel reasons

The ideal intern will possess the following:

  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in the following area(s): Marketing, Digital Marketing, Visual or Fashion Merchandising and/or Business Administration
  • Basic understanding of financials and operations of a business
  • Retail/customer service experience (Sales, visual merchandising, retail pricing a plus)
  • Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel Power Point)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability and ability to learn quickly in high-pressure environments
  • Ambitious self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to contribute as an effective team member
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated motivation and initiative to succeed
  • Knowledge and interest in Ace Hardware Corporation
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week, Monday -Friday for 12 weeks (July 4th Holiday is a non-working day)
  • Willingness and ability to give presentations to colleagues, managers and directors

Our Company

For almost 100 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. Notable awards in 2022 include Ranked #14 Top Illinois Workplace by the Chicago Tribune and Ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by JD Power for the last 15 out of 16 years. With more than 5,000 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 55 countries.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Emery Jensen Distribution Group

The Job

The EJD Retail Execution Planning Manager will be responsible for driving operational consistency and excellence in all project planning functions, including store planning, assortment planning, POG management, and project management. In addition, this role will work collaboratively and cross-functionally to drive process improvements, introduce new business solutions and tools, and advance relationships with internal and 3rd party project partners. This is a hybrid role that reports into Oakbrook, IL.

What you’ll do…

  • Lead, support, and develop all Retail Execution Planning team members. and
  • Provide Project Management support for 25-30% of the most complex Retail Execution projects to achieve successful (on time, within budget, and highly satisfied customer) completion.
  • Clearly outline project timeline requirements for all planning functions (store/concept, assortment/merch, order placement, etc.) and drive accountability to the timeline.
  • Work collaboratively with Retail Execution Managers and Sales Directors to maintain the master Project Schedule, ensuring all changes are clearly and proactively communicated to impacted team members and the broader project team.
  • Establish clear plan and prioritization for POG maintenance and custom POG work
  • Explore and implement process and business solution improvements, leading the change management process through cross-functional alignment and development of clear execution plans and timelines.
  • Manage scheduling with all 3rd party partners (store labor, store survey, etc.), lead and facilitate annual strategic partnership meetings.
  • Oversight of monthly and quarterly performance tracking reporting and communicate results to Retail Execution team, Sales Leaders, and EJD Leadership team.
  • Foster collaboration, inclusion, and connectivity Sales, Finance, Customer Experience, enterprise partners, and entire Retail Execution team.

What you need to succeed

  • 5-10 years of project management experience
  • 3-5 years of leadership experience
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Strong relationship management, negotiation, interpersonal, influencing and communication skills
  • Ability to understand, influence and lead large projects centered around operational improvements
  • Experience leading projects with one or more of the continuous improvement methodologies (such as Lean, Six Sigma, CI, Kazan, 5S, etc.) and/or PMP certification preferred
  • Detail oriented, well organized
  • Highly collaborative and embraces a growth mindset
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field (commensurate experience considered)
  • Knowledge of JDA/Blue Yonder, SAP, Sales Force, Smartsheet and Floor & Space Planning functions is highly desirable
Compensation Details:

$115000 - $143500

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace / Emery Jensen Distribution also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 2 years resulted in incentives being paid out above 125% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company match at 4% of eligible earnings (from day 1 of your first contribution)
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Flexible working arrangements (Non-Field positions can work from home up to 2 days per week)
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
Emery Jensen Distribution delivers wholesale products and best-in-class service to independent retailers in the Pro Lumber Yards, Home Centers, Paint, Hardware Stores, Decorating Stores, and E-retailer space. Our goal is to support sustainable and profitable growth for our customers by offering the broadest assortments, best pricing, and most knowledgeable team. We have national scale, a regional focus and the commitment to serve our customers and support each other. Come find out why a career with Emery Jensen Distribution is right for you.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Emery Jensen Distribution, a subsidiary of Ace Hardware, is committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Information Technology Group

As the Network Engineer II you will be responsible for maintaining and administering Ace Hardware’s Corporate, Data Center and Warehouse networks. This role will also contribute to the delivery of standardized enterprise network solutions, support services, network management, and monitoring to support future business strategies, maintain production services, and resolve complicated IT issues .

What You’ll Do:
Technical Requirements

  • S trong understanding of network infrastructure and network hardware. You will also need to be able to implement, administer, and troubleshoot network devices including routers, switches, wireless access points and controllers .

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of interior and exterior routing protocols, O SPF, MPBGP, MPLS, BGP and SD-WAN technologies

  • Strong knowledge of core switching designs such as VLAN, RSTP, HSRP, VTP, LACP and 802.1Q

  • Experience with designing and supporting wireless network infrastructure, 11a/g/n/ac Cisco WLC, CAPWAP

  • Knowledge and experience with modern datacenter designs, using Cisco Nexus /ACI technology a plus.

  • Hands on Experience with Cisco ISE/ RADIUS a plus.

System Maintenance/Monitoring

  • Contribute to managing network availability, performance and capacity monitoring

Standards and Process

  • Contribute to development of standard operation procedures for support of technical solutions

Project Planning

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, delivering on multiple projects simultaneously

  • P roficiency implementing network projects from inception to implementation

  • Contribute to the design, deployment, and support of all network solutions supporting data, wireless and voice, utilizing industry leading platforms and technologies

Technology Research / Education

  • Ability to continually develop technical skills in current technologies and maintain industry standards to best support the ever-changing business needs

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with logical problem solving from Layer 1 through Layer 7 of the OSI model

  • Participate in 24x7 team on-call rotation to respond to and resolve critical system outages and issues

What you need to succeed

  • Enthusiastic team player with the ability to collaborate, cooperate and communicate with leadership and peers across business units

  • Self-starter with strong interest in developing and maintaining a strong end to end understanding of how solutions are utilized by the business

  • 5 + years’ experience working in an IT organization supporting a geographically dispersed, multi-site medium to large enterprise

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, engineering, or a related field

  • Professional network certification, e.g. CCN P or equivalent

  • A deep knowledge of application transport and network infrastructure and routing protocols is highly desired.

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Compensation Details:

$ 98400 - $123000 per year

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability ) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Information Technology Group

Ace Hardware is looking for a Linux engineer who is passionate about Unix/Linux systems and has a strong desire to learn and grow in this field. You will be part of a team that manages and supports a variety of Unix/Linux servers and applications, both on-premise and in the cloud. You will work closely with senior engineers and gain hands-on experience with various technologies and tools. You will also be responsible for providing on-call support as needed and performing system maintenance tasks during non-business hours.

To be successful in this role, you should have the following skills and qualifications:

General Unix/Linux
  • Knowledge of Unix storage structure (disk, volume groups, logical volumes, filesystems)
  • Knowledge of Unix run levels (startup and shutdown)
  • Shell (Korn shell, Cshell, BASH)
  • Unix command line interface
  • Shell script operations and capabilities
  • Knowledge of Unix permissions, ownership, groups, etc
  • Knowledge of network configuration for Unix system (IP address, subnets, routing, gateways, etc.)
  • Knowledge of crontab and how to use it
AIX / Power systems specific
  • Knowledge of virtualization concepts
Linux / Intel systems specific
  • Python
  • Ansible (Infrastructure as code mentality)
  • Experience with any Linux distro, prefer RHEL
  • Comfortable in a command line
Soft skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Steady progression from working directly with senior level admin to working independently
  • Good communication skills
  • Available for on-call support as needed
  • Ability to work non-standard hours to accommodate system maintenance windows
Bonus skills
  • NIM operations (mksysb, spot, LPP resources)
  • Power systems configuration (LPAR configuration, VIO server)
  • HMC operations
  • NFS
  • Red Hat Satellite or Foreman (The free, upstream version of Satellite)
  • Ansible Tower or AWX (Free, upstream version of Ansible tower)
  • LDAP/Active Directory
  • VMWare Experience
Compensation Details:

$84600 - $105900 per year

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability – up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability ) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Administrative/Support Staff Group

Compensation Details:

$22.00 Per Hour

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

Job Description:

2024 Summer Internship Program

The Ace Internship program allows you to apply skills and knowledge you're learning in College today, while contributing in a hands-on environment to fit your career objectives, complement your academic work and enhance your learning. Here’s what you will take away from your experience this summer:

  • Real hands-on experience in your assigned department/function with day-to-day projects, responsibilities, accountabilities and deadlines.
  • Opportunity to partner with other interns over the summer on a Capstone project, presenting your findings and recommendations to Ace’s Leadership
  • Q & A with Ace’s CEO and Senior Leadership team
  • Resume Workshop to help you prepare for future opportunities
  • Opportunity to volunteer through the Ace Hardware Foundation
  • Teambuilding activities and more.

Your internship experience at Ace will give you the knowledge and skills future employers will look for! Want to hear more? Please review our Glassdoor comments from former interns!

Your Responsibilities

The main function of the Replenishment Planner Intern is to achieve order fill rate objectives for a portfolio of vendors by ensuring that we have inventory in the right place at the right time to service our retailers. This is primarily done through the management of strategies within our state of the art forecasting and replenishment tools, and the management of purchase orders with suppliers. The order fill objectives must be met while achieving targets for inventory turnover and bottom line profitability. Balancing the fill rate and turn objectives is the key challenge of the position because fill rates are generally maximized by more inventory and turns are maximized by less inventory. The Replenishment Planner intern is also required to answer customer service related questions directly from retailers and from internal stakeholders such as the Retail Support Centers (RSC’s), the Help Desk, buyers, vendors, and management.

The ideal intern will possess the following:

  • Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in the following areas: Supply Chain, Economics, Business Administration, Finance or related discipline
  • Completing Senior year of college (Graduating December ’24 or May ‘25)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability and ability to learn quickly in high-pressure environments
  • Ambitious self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to contribute as an effective team member
  • Demonstrated motivation and initiative to succeed
  • Knowledge and interest in Ace Hardware Corporation
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday for 12 weeks in the summer (Mid-May through Mid-August 2024)
  • Willingness and ability to give presentations to colleagues, managers and directors

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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IL - Oak Brook

Administrative/Support Staff Group

Compensation Details:

$22.00 per hour

Why should you join our team?

We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

Job Description:

International Merchandise Buying Internship

Are you interested in becoming Ace helpful?

Ace has been named a Top Workplace in Chicago & we’re looking for the best people to help us fulfill our vision of being the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet. We’re focused on the future, looking for new & better ways to compete in today’s marketplace. At Ace, we like to say that we have a soft heart, a steel spine — & we like to win. People are the foundation of what makes Ace great, & we’re always looking for ways to improve the employment experience for Ace team members. What we can promise you is that you will gain a sense of accountability & ownership by working hard to build Ace’s continued success, & your own. You’ll enjoy a competitive, fast-paced and friendly work environment. And, you’ll take pride in serving our Ace retail stores & their customers in neighborhoods across the country and around the world.

2024 Summer Internship Program

The Ace Internship program allows you to apply skills and knowledge you're learning in College today, while contributing in a hands-on environment to fit your career objectives, complement your academic work and enhance your learning. Here’s what you will take away from your experience this summer:

  • Real hands-on experience in your assigned department/function with day-to-day projects, responsibilities, accountabilities and deadlines.
  • Opportunity to partner with other interns over the summer on a Capstone project, presenting your findings and recommendations to Ace’s Leadership
  • Q & A with Ace’s CEO and Senior Leadership team
  • Resume Workshop to help you prepare for future opportunities
  • Opportunity to volunteer through the Ace Hardware Foundation
  • Teambuilding activities and more.

About this Opportunity

The International Merchandise Buying Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Build and design retailer and consumer facing marketing and sales material to support key brands and vendors
  • Partner with vendors to improve Item content on ecommerce site to enhance the customer shopping experience
  • Cross functional collaboration with Marketing, Category Management, Inventory, Supply Chain, Pricing and Merchandising Operations departments for successful program launch and implementation
  • Support merchants with vendor and item selection, program execution and promotional strategy
  • Coordinate retailer communication for the department
  • Assist with prep for semi-annual convention

Job Requirements

The ideal intern will possess the following:

  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in the following area(s): Business, Marketing, Retail Merchandising, Management, and/or any related majors
  • Entering senior year of college or graduating seniors
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adaptability and ability to learn quickly in high-pressure environments
  • Ambitious self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to contribute as an effective team member with minimal supervision
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated motivation and initiative to succeed
  • Retail experience a plus
  • Knowledge and interest in Ace Hardware Corporation
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday for 12 weeks
  • Willingness and ability to give presentations to colleagues, managers and directors

Our Company

For almost 100 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. Notable awards in 2022 include Ranked #14 Top Illinois Workplace by the Chicago Tribune and Ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by JD Power for the last 15 out of 16 years. With more than 5,000 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 55 countries.

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We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.

Disclaimer

The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

This written “Position Description” is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

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