Corporate Category Manager

Harris   •  

Melbourne, FL

Industry: Business Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 395 days ago

Job Description:  

The Harris corporate direct materials team is our strategic sourcing organization focused on leveraging the company’s scale and developing supplier relationships that achieve the best possible quality, technology, cost and delivery for our customers.  Our team leads the corporate category strategies for metals, plastics, electronics, electromechanical, contract manufacturing and other strategic spend, while building close partnerships with the Harris business units / segments and guiding a world-class sourcing organization utilizing Harris Business Excellence (HBX) principles.

  • Provide strategic leadership around the selection, development, and management of strategic suppliers to meet cost and performance goals for electromechanical categories.
  • Develop subject matter expertise of the commodity market, industry trends, product knowledge, emerging technologies, supplier capacity / capabilities through the development and execution of RFI’s, market analysis, benchmarking, supplier capability matrices and technology reviews.
  • Assess and monitor supplier risk across all responsible electromechanical sub-categories.
  • Establish a strong network and foster collaboration with customers, suppliers, key stakeholders, and category team members.  Develop partnerships and establish early involvement with program management and engineering teams in order to deliver flawless new product introduction (NPI) with strategic suppliers that achieve targeted BOM cost alignment and meet all program milestones and objectives.
  • Reach global consensus of category strategies / playbooks.  Implement innovative solutions, approaches and methodologies that address present and future supply chain requirements, and execute that vision and multi-year sourcing strategy through key strategic projects / initiatives.
  • Achieve supply base rationalization goals that optimize the supply base across the organization to align strategic supply chain capability, standardization and synergy.
  • Lead negotiation and completion of contracts with strategic and preferred suppliers to maximize benefits across Harris and its affiliates.
  • Meet or exceed cost improvement goals while ensuring quality, delivery and working capital objectives are met.  Identify and execute cost savings opportunities through supplier negotiations, should cost initiatives, value engineering, benchmarking, eAuctions and other cost reduction methods.
  • Drive continuous improvement of supply chain sustainability and efficiency through the development and implementation of supplier assessments and rationalization, negotiation for best total cost of ownership, make versus buy analyses, vendor managed inventories, inventory reduction programs, cycle time improvements, security of supply, supplier diversity, kaizen events, commodity roadmaps, and stakeholder collaboration.
  • Implement a rigorous and disciplined process for managing the supply base including leading periodic business reviews, monitoring and managing supplier performance (quality, cost, delivery, technology, service, and leadership), managing supplier relationships, developing and monitoring year-over-year supplier improvement plans.
  • Travel approximately 20-25%



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance or Engineering.
  • Minimum of 5 years of strategic sourcing / commodity management in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in multiple direct materials commodities that have yielded measurable business results.
  • Strong background in building strategic relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Understanding of contractual terms and conditions and approaches to mitigating risk.
  • Proficient in MS suite Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • MBA or graduate degree in related field.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) to various levels of the organization.
  • Strong business acumen balanced with technical aptitude.
  • Noteworthy continuous improvement projects demonstrating innovation and creativity.
  • Highly self-motivated with ability to drive positive change by team building and gaining support from people and resources across the enterprise.
  • Demonstrated success applying should cost methodology and analysis in negotiations.
  • Six Sigma or lean certification and demonstrated success implementing greenbelt or blackbelt projects.
  • CPSM, APICS or other supply chain management certification.

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