Category Manager
Purchasing & Sourcing
Full Time
Charlotte, Nc

For us going to work every day has an even greater purpose than putting the latest product or technology on the market. It’s about improving the everyday lives of millions. By being sustainable and open to new ideas we can push the boundaries of cooking, cleaning, and wellbeing at home. But to keep doing so, we need more people who want to innovate and re-imagine what life at home can be.  

Within the Global Purchasing Organization, North America Category Manager has the key responsibility of developing and maintaining a competitive, supportive, and high performing portfolio of suppliers to be utilized by the Product Lines.


  • Develop the expertise in continuous improvement of sourcing methods, digitalization, tooling capability understanding, deep knowledge of the supplier industrial process, and financial situations.
  • Manage relationships and partnerships with cross functional teams and internal stakeholders.
  • Responsible for data research, analytics, and management of direct material category strategies.
  • Support the development of annual budgets and 5-year strategic plans for the Business Area identifying opportunities and risks.
  • Support business area in generating a pipeline of initiatives and projects to deliver productivity targets.
  • Lead internal and external analysis (industry & supplier) as a member of a cross-functional sourcing team.
  • Support RFQ and other strategic sourcing activities.
  • Manage and evaluate contractual agreement terms to ensure compliance.
  • Assist in the implementation and expansion payment terms (NOWC).
  • Evaluate and propose actions and initiatives around simplification and complexity reduction.
  • Participate in negotiations and use creative ways to drive value by the utilization of Value Based Sourcing.


  • With a number of projects running simultaneously, flexibility and agility are essential.
  • You build trust, good working relationships and communicate effectively with your colleagues and across functions.
  • Whether face-to-face or on the phone, you can communicate plans and articulate your ideas with colleagues and customers at all levels.
  • You understand good negotiations begin long before doing a deal, through building good working relationships, understanding your suppliers’ motivations and starting from a confident position.
  • You set the pace and the priorities, and then you bring a methodical approach to meeting your goals.
  • You are driven to succeed and focused on leading your team to achieve.

We employ great people from a wide variety of backgrounds – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because we believe that diverse perspectives make our business stronger and more innovative. If you share our values, come find your place in our global community. Meet us on @lifeatelectrolux and to learn more.

Minimum Qualification


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Finance, Business Management, or Equivalent.
  • 3-5 years of relevant, progressive strategic sourcing, category management, or equivalent leadership experience required.
  • Proven Track record of managing and delivering cost reductions, innovation, and overall value creation.
  • Experience and knowledge of the purchasing environment for the commodities managed with the capability to analyze business procurement issues, recommend solutions and strategies, and implement change.
  • Strong knowledge of the strategic sourcing methodology and its application.
  • Strong knowledge of direct material categories.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage strategic supplier relationships, including relationship building, performance, development, and integration.
  • Knowledge of supplier processes, cost drivers, and efficiency improvement opportunities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications – Expert in Microsoft Excel preferred
  • Ability to manage large data sets and convert to actionable information.
  • Ability to effectively tailor communication from entry level to executive level audiences.
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Some travel will be required (up to 30%).


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We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as candidates will be interviewed continuously. The position may be filled prior to the date described as 'Apply by'