Global Category Manager

Materion   •  

Mayfield Heights, OH

5 - 7 years

Posted 242 days ago

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The Global Category Manager will drive savings and procurement standardization, with responsibilities including:

  • Understand global and regional supply markets within the assigned categories, including major suppliers and their capabilities, global capacity and demand, industry trends, and historical and projected price movements.
  • Develop & manage collaborative working partnerships with key stakeholders internal and external to the business.
  • Define, manage, and deliver project plans, deliverables, metrics and milestones to Include: Market Research & Analysis, Data Collection/Management, Financial Analysis, Cost Modeling, RFx Creation, Supplier Communication Management, Evaluate & Negotiate Agreements, Contracting, Supplier Performance Management and Development.
  • Contribute to the development of category strategies that accomplish key objectives, which include: Savings, Process Effectiveness, Supplier Consolidation & Management, Risk Reduction & Management, and Improved Visibility & Control of Expenditures.
  • Develop and implement continuous improvement initiatives and programs in pursuance of operational excellence.
  • Develop, implement and track team performance metrics and MBOs in alignment with division/corporate goals and objectives.
  • Ensure teams are consistently using and adhering to operating procedures and work instructions.
  • Lead team members by providing guidance, content expertise, and motivation.
  • Inform leadership of resource needs and project status with reporting and project management tools.
  • Provide leadership to team in supply market intelligence research and analytical activities; drive activities that support visibility into key cost drivers, pricing trends, emerging market regions, supply market adjustments, capabilities, capacities, etc.
  • Develop and implement research, analysis and intelligence reporting methodology, tools, databases and processes.
  • Support internal purchasing, strategic suppliers review and new product development programs with supply market intelligence.
  • Develop, coordinate and manage supplier business reviews
  • Manage the development, implementation, and alignment of global or regional sourcing strategies and global or regional supplier network capabilities for the appropriate industry to achieve broad business objectives
  • Evaluate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new technologies and in new markets as business requirements dictate
  • Direct the development and negotiation of complex agreements with suppliers encompassing key program specifications and functional objectives
  • Serve as escalation point for project quality issues for sourcing team members as well as internal stakeholders
  • Develop and improve sourcing project management tools and processes; customize these processes and tools to best support category strategies
  • Execute against the defined, structured stakeholder management process
  • Implement knowledge sharing programs to make available internal documentation and best practices to the entire organization
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the change management and adoption process
  • Deliver a communication plan for the business transformation initiative specific to assigned categories key stakeholders
  • Drives the Supplier relationship activity to ensure continuous quality and delivery of supply to meet business demands.
  • The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the role.



  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, or Supply Chain Management is required; advanced degree (MBA) preferred.
  • Professional certifications (CPSM, CSM, or Other) a plus.
  • 7 years progressive sourcing experience in a leading organization; including a minimum of 5 years managing spend categories.
  • Experienced with strategic sourcing processes, preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • General understanding of general P2P processes, systems, and concepts, including SAP.
  • Demonstrated success leading strategic sourcing projects; able to handle multiple internal customers.
  • Strong collaborative leader and positive communicator; effective facilitator.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others.
  • Excellent negotiation skills up to and including the executive level.
  • Solid understanding of contracting requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with leveraged agreements and multi?yearcontracts.
  • Solid understanding of e-sourcing.
  • Ability to travel globally and work in a virtual environment.
  • Expert in quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Comfortable with both internal stakeholders and external audiences.