Product Research & Development Analyst

| Elmhurst, IL, USA
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About the job

We are currently seeking a Product Research & Development Analyst to research products and suppliers to identify product additions and merchandising changes that support our product strategy. This analyst will work alongside other teammates and have no direct reports. This role is based out of our Elmhurst, Illinois location, with limited travel required by occasional visits to trade shows and/or suppliers.


Responsibilities could include:

  • Conducting product research, including leading supplier conversations
  • Making product addition recommendations tied to our customers and product strategy
  • Describing the product specifications and benefits that support product additions


Who is McMaster-Carr?

For more than 100 years, McMaster-Carr has been supplying the equipment that keeps the wheels of industry turning. As an industry leader in distribution, operations, customer service, and publishing, we are a trusted partner of major and minor businesses, governments, and institutions across the continent.


Our signature catalog contains over 580,000 of the highest-quality, highest-demand products, and our supply chain and logistics management allow us to deliver those products to our customers quickly and reliably.


What We Look For

Strong candidates should possess strong critical thinking and basic project management skills, along with research ability. A bachelor’s degree and technical proficiency in Microsoft Suite is required, and a background or experience in engineering or technical fields is preferred.


Be Rewarded

The starting pay range for this role is $95,000-$105,000. Exact compensation may vary based on skills and experience. In addition to your base salary, you will also be eligible for Cash Profit Sharing and Retirement Fund (DPS) contributions.


We are committed to comprehensive benefits to support employees and their dependents, such as:

  • Zero-dollar premiums for medical, dental, pharmacy, and vision plans for employees, spouses, and dependents
  • 100% tuition reimbursement for employees
  • First-time home buyer assistance
  • College assistance for your dependents
  • Paid time off to cover vacation and personal time


How to Apply

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The Product Research & Development Analyst role is part of Products & Publishing.


McMaster-Carr is an equal opportunity employer

EOE/M/F/VET/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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McMaster-Carr is located just outside of Chicago with easy access to the city's vibrant life via public transportation and highways. Chicago offers a vibrant city full of restaurants and pubs, parks, historic homes, museums, and universities.

What are McMaster-Carr Perks + Benefits

McMaster-Carr Benefits Overview

Benefits at McMaster-Carr are designed to be inclusive, generous and support a positive workplace that allows you to do your best work. However, work is just one part of a full life. We strive to create a balance that meets your needs and those of our customers.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Remote work program
Most of our roles off opportunities to work both from home and in-person. In-person collaboration will vary depending on the work.
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
We offer employee-led, company sponsored resourced groups, such as Black Employees, Mi Gente, Pride Alliance, and more.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Comprehensive dental benefits are available to employees, spouses, and dependents. McMaster-Carr does not require employees to pay monthly premiums.
Vision insurance
Comprehensive vision benefits are available to employees, spouses, and dependents. McMaster-Carr does not require employees to pay monthly premiums.
Health insurance
Comprehensive healthcare benefits are available to employees, spouses and dependents. McMaster‐Carr does not require participants to pay monthly premiums, making the plan an excellent value.
Life insurance
Life insurance benefits are provided at no cost to you.
Mental health benefits
McMaster‐Carr offers employees and dependents mental health and wellness care that is quick, convenient, and high‐quality including six free annual therapy sessions.
Financial & Retirement
Instead of a traditional 401(K), McMaster-Carr offers a Deferred Profit Sharing program, which invests money on employees' behalf for their retirement.
401(K) matching
Deferred Profit Sharing is completely company-funded.
Performance bonus
All employees participate in generous cash profit sharing that reflects the company's performance and profitability that year.
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
McMaster-Carr provides financial support for expenses associated with family-planning, including adoption and surrogacy assistance.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
McMaster-Carr offers a range of shuttle options to serve people commuting from the city via public transportation.
Company-sponsored outings
Onsite office parking
Employee parking is available including covered spaces and EV-charging.
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
McMaster-Carr offers financial assistance for relocation as well as support for visiting in order to find your new home.
Fitness stipend
McMaster-Carr offers an allowance toward fitness expenditures including health/fitness club fees and classes, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, ballet, marathons, and swimming.
Home-office stipend for remote employees
McMaster-Carr provides the equipment that employees need to be productive when working from home.
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Take classes outside of work with our 100% tuition reimbursement benefit that covers tuition, books and eligible fees.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

First Time Home Buyer Assistance: McMaster-Carr provides assistance to employees who are first-time home buyers and meet eligibility criteria.
Tuition Assistance for Children: McMaster-Carr helps your family with your children's college tuition costs.

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