Senior Global Category Manager - Raw Materials
Waukesha, WI Supply Chain

The Senior Global Category Manager develops, implements, and maintains a Category strategy that supports a company's supply chain. The position is responsible for implementing a sustainable and efficient sourcing strategy for the categories assigned. A sustainable and efficient sourcing strategy will include specific knowledge of categories assigned and an assessment of commodity prices for each category of spend. The Senior Global Category Manager will have solid data mining and negotiation skills and the ability to lead and mentor assigned personnel and cross-functional teams. 


  • Defining a supply chain to optimize Cost and Working Capital Improvement Opportunities for purchased parts and services
  • Develops contracts Terms and conditions complete for regulatory and socially responsible content
  • Categorize spend and drive material productivity through spend consolidation, direct negotiations and stocking strategies.   
  • Work with category suppliers to drive Lead Time reductions
  • Ensures Supplier Payment Terms specific to INCO terms and contracts
  • Supplier consolidation and Supplier count reductions 
  • Identify and maintain summary of only qualified suppliers for sourcing consideration
  • NPD (New Product Development) and our Product Out process to ensure
  • Best Value Supplier Selection
  • Aggressive lead time commitment to meet or exceed program timing
  • Supplier Process capability with new product launch
  • Aggressive lead time commitment to meet or exceed program timing
  • Supports Cross-functional Operational Supply Management Activities
  • Supplier relationships building together with Supply Chain Director
  • Supplier Improvement Process for OTD and Quality Improvement
  • Definition of MOQ, Lead-times, PO, and account payable invoice content
  • Implementation of Kanban systems for all purchased materials
  • Work with cross-functional teams to develop and track progress of productivity projects (PCIS)
  • Supplier performance improvement within the global category supply base
  • The total cost of suppliers, making improvements in total cost including terms, freight, unit cost and inventory reduction.
  • Nurture and maintain effective working relationships/communications with key support functions - Manufacturing,   Engineering, Quality, Finance, MIS, Sales & Marketing, and Product Development.
  • Identify new world-class suppliers; execute Category strategies and individual supplier strategies, assists with movement of business.
  • Works closely with Quality, Engineering and Supplier operations to assess and ensure supplier capability to meet established performance objectives.
  • Maintains excellent Supplier relations/communications.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business field

Experience and/or Training

  • 5-12 years’ experience in the purchasing of raw materials, manufactured components and mechanical equipment or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrates proven ability to lead aggressive cost-down initiatives, with sourcing/ resourcing strategies, TBVA, DFM cost reductions, new technologies and other methods.
  • Proven experience in establishing and maintaining business relationships with suppliers to enhance short and long term agreements

Knowledge/experience with:

  • Manufacturing processes, metal cutting, plastic injection molding, metal fabrication, electronics, other 
  • MRP II, material and production control systems, preferred 
  • Proficiency reading engineering drawings and specifications, required
  • Lean Manufacturing techniques, Kaizen and Kanban principles, required 
  • Quality Management Systems, ISO and 6-sigma disciplines, training and experience, required 
  • A thorough knowledge of MRP, Kanban, master scheduling, inventory management, forecasting, preferred
  • Understanding of sales/marketing, preferred
  • International buying, vendor selection/certification experience, line reviews and advanced preferred 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills are a must.
  • CPIM or APICS certification, preferred 
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in inventory management to support lean manufacturing operations with a global supply chain
  • Demonstrated Supplier development and improvement capabilities.
  • Demonstrated Supplier development and improvement capabilities.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a highly proactive interpersonal style.
  • Ability to work in a team based environment.