Website Talent Strategy

Job Description Summary

The Category Manager is responsible for category management and strategic sourcing. Responsible for establishing the enterprise-wide category plan and leading sourcing events at global, regional, and business unit levels, as applicable. This individual will leverage their knowledge of world class best practices in order to present market opportunities to internal customers and guide sourcing decisions. Working together with operations, strategic sourcing, sales and product management, the Category Manager will ensure company is purchasing the right solutions from the right suppliers with the right terms and conditions, in support of our production and sales goals. The Category Manager reports to the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Planning.

The duties and responsibilities of the position will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Category strategy development
  • Manage cost reduction and inventory reduction activities
  • Act as sourcing lead for assigned categories with the product engineering and operations teams
  • Negotiate best total cost, terms and conditions
  • Set strategic supply chain plan for each category
  • Identify and optimize supply chains for new and existing products and services
  • Specific sourcing expertise managing and negotiating major solutions
  • Works with internal stakeholders on current and future IT objectives
  • Partners closely with Business Units, to negotiate supplier agreements
  • Converts potential projects into actionable sourcing events; drives people and processes to successful, timely completion
  • Creates request for information (RFI), request for proposal (RFP), and other sourcing materials to develop and maintain leverage with potential and current suppliers
  • Generates savings through various sourcing techniques including contract negotiations, demand management, supplier consolidation, and innovation
  • Research industry trends to stay aware of emerging opportunities, evolving supplier capabilities, and best practices for sourcing
  • Creates an annual Category Strategy that examines the market, supplier offerings, current and future needs, and aligns with stakeholders on 1-year to 3-year plans
  • Works with other groups on contract development including Legal, Finance, IT, etc.
  • Ensures compliance with company policies, procedures and regulatory requirements
  • Assists with developing, maintaining, and enforcing Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Serves as point of escalation for commercial and contractual supplier issues
  • Provides regular updates on project status and opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Work Experience: 3 years of Strategic Sourcing related experience in a manufacturing environment including managing suppliers and contracts
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain/Sourcing, Finance, or engineering
  • Computer Skills: Ability to use Microsoft programs like Word and Excel, ERP Systems; intermediate to advanced Excel skills

Preferred Requirements:

  • Work Experience: 5 years of experience in Strategic Sourcing
  • Education: Advanced degree in Supply Chain or business
  • Language: Bi-lingual English & Spanish
  • Certifications: Supply chain or project management certifications such as APICS, CPIM, CSCP, PMP
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