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Procurement Category Manager

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Job Type
17 Sep 2022
General Description

The responsibilities of the Procurement Category Manager will include:

Develop & foster relationships with major suppliers in the marketplace.
Understand and stay abreast of macroeconomic, regulatory and capacity trends which could impact the business. Take action to manage risk and harness opportunity.
Manage all aspects of spend categories including: strategy development & execution
spend analysis & cost management
risk management
supplier relationship management
supplier performance management & continuous improvement
negotiation & contracting supply agreements
Lead sourcing activities to identify and qualify new sources of supply as required by category strategies, new product development needs or supply base continuous improvement efforts.
Collaborate with suppliers, R&D, Quality, Operations, Manufacturing & Finance to initiate and lead projects designed to improve quality, lower cost & increase capacity.
Establish lean & effective total cost supply chains for purchased materials including material, transportation, storage, quality and material handling costs.
Establish, measure, manage and report on supplier performance including cost, quality, delivery and customer service targets.

Work Experience Requirements

8+ years of experience in a category manager/sourcing manager role working for a direct manufacturer (required)
Extensive negotiation, influencing, conflict management and problem solving skills
Ability to self-direct and take constructive action in ambiguous situations
Extremely high standards of excellence and quality-oriented mindset
Strong sense of urgency & attention to detail
Excellent communications skills
Applied knowledge of lean principles and demand pull planning methods
Experience in business process reengineering and program/project management
Strategic thinker able to think broadly through a multitude of options
Fluent in MS Office

Education Requirements

Four year BS Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering or Business (required)
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  • Job Reference: 714274949-2
  • Date Posted: 17 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Freshpet Inc
  • Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Salary: On Application
  • Job Type: Permanent