Global Category Manager, Direct

Velcro USA
Manchester, New Hampshire
Not Specified
Nov 09, 2018
Feb 09, 2019
Job Role
Job Type
Full Time
Degree Required
4-Year Degree
Manages Others?
Job Objective:  
  • Lead highly strategic, global, cross-functional Sourcing Teams and champion the global strategic sourcing process for assigned categories 
  • Develop and publish Category strategies. Promote awareness of these strategies throughout the organization 
  • Communicate analysis results and recommendations to Operational leadership on an ongoing and as-needed basis 
  • Execute ongoing improvement of supplier selection, negotiation, monitoring, tracking, measuring and reporting per company policies 
  • Develop and deploy cost reduction/profit improvement plans with suppliers that directly impact yearly economic performance to achieve business goals 
  • Maintain current knowledge industry and market factors affecting assigned categories 
  • Conduct supplier rationalizations and segmentation initiatives, proactively reviewing supplier performance, and establishing sourcing strategies 
  • Ensure suppliers are selected and managed per specifications of the company in a timely and cost-effective manner 
  • Follow and adhere to contractual and business processes 
  • Manage ongoing conflict resolution of supplier issues, and developing, educating and measuring results for broader use in the supply chain team 
  • Develop and negotiate supply agreements for key suppliers within assigned categories 
  • Develop and drive low-cost region sourcing strategies for assigned categories aligning strategy and business practice with Business Unit Procurement leaders 
  • Execute ongoing improvement of selection, negotiation, monitoring, tracking, measuring and reporting per company policies 
  • Other duties may be assigned or required for the performance of this position 


The successful candidate will be bright and of exemplary integrity, epitomizing the highest standards of company values; respect, responsibility, and dialogue. Additionally, he/she will possess these characteristics; 

Experience/expertise in the following areas:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain or Engineering/Technical field 
  • Master’s degree in operations/supply chain management/business preferred 

  • Minimum 6 – 8+ years working in Indirect Procurement, Supply Chain or other related field 
  • Excellent demonstrated negotiation skills 
  • Strong analytical, conflict resolution, data-processing and problem-solving skills 
  • Data gathering, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, including business process metrics and measures linking to business KPIs required 
  • Strong communication skills, with a proven ability to understand key role concepts and communicate with business stakeholders 
  • Strong organizational skills, as well as the ability to perform in a command-and-control role under pressure and manage multiple priorities with competing demands 
  • Experience using PC-based applications (including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and/or Access) 
  • Understanding of enterprise technology applications that enable sourcing and procurement execution and reporting 
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently to complete tasks with minimal supervision 
  • Has successfully worked in a team-based environment 

Availability to travel 20% of the time, domestically or internationally 

The Velcro Companies is a technology-driven, innovative global provider of fastening solutions that solve problems in simple, elegant, and surprising ways for businesses and consumers around the world. The company traces its history to 1941, when Swiss engineer George de Mestral was hiking in the Alps. He noticed burrs had attached themselves to his clothing by means of hundreds of tiny “hooks”, and was inspired to create the original hook and loop fastening system. Today, Velcro Companies owns over 400 active patents and numerous trademarks, including the VELCRO® mark, which is registered throughout the world. 

With worldwide locations and a presence in more than twenty countries, Velcro Companies continues to innovate, creating new solutions that make life better. The company produces more than 35,000 different products across many key industries and markets including: Personal Care, Transportation, Medical, Packaging, Construction, Industrial, Apparel, Military and Government. VELCRO® Brand products have secured AstroTurf in professional football stadiums and Kevlar plates in military apparel. VELCRO® brand products continue to provide unique solutions in everyday uses and are sold globally through some of the world’s top retailers providing hundreds of application and organizational ideas in the home, office, garage, and garden. 

Velcro Companies is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 


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