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Director Procurement,Category Management
Milwaukee , Wisconsin
December 17, 2017
Objective of function:
  • Lead a team of Global Category Managers who would be responsible for strategic sourcing of Mechanical & Chemical categories such as Compressors, Pumps, Valves, Electric Heaters, Refrigerants, Fire Suppression Chemicals etc.
  • Support eight (8) global product business units, spread across 105 manufacturing sites to meet their business objectives

Functions reporting to this role: C ategory Management, Costing, Continuous Improvement

Role / Responsibilities::
  • Provide leadership, guidance and support to a team of category managers to develop comprehensive Global Category Strategies
  • Actively engage with senior leaders of the various Global Product Business Units and ensure alignment of Category Strategies to meet and/or exceed business objectives
  • Facilitate execution of Category Strategies across all plants that consume the respective categories
  • Drive accountability and deliver results on key financial metrics - cost savings and trade working capital improvement, using enablers like low Cost Country sourcing, supplier rationalization, value engineering, knowledge-based sourcing etc.
  • Strive towards achieving world class supplier performance by driving continuous improvement initiatives and active collaboration with strategic suppliers
  • Lead major Supplier Contract/ Price negotiations
  • Act as the center of excellence for the respective categories through complete understanding of the products, their application, industry trends, competitive landscape, future technologies & innovations etc.
  • Support the business units in resolving Supplier Delivery, Quality or Commercial issues which have been escalated to the Category team
  • Support of Make vs Buy decisions

  • Bachelor's Degree/ Diploma preferably in Engineering. MBA would be preferred
  • Min. 10-15 years in HVAC, Engineering, Large Manufacturing or Multi-industry global organization
  • Min. 5 years of experience in a Strategic Sourcing role, supporting multiple Plants & Regions across the globe
  • Extensive Global Sourcing experience
  • Capability to interface with Senior Leadership across Regions both internally & externally
  • In depth understanding of purchasing tools and practices
  • Strong MS Office skills
  • Strong costing & analytical skills
  • W orking knowledge of SAP or other equivalent ERP systems
  • Travel 30% (Global and Domestic)

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