Global Category Manager - Fabric & Dish Care
Purchasing & Sourcing
Full Time
Charlotte, Nc

A REGULAR DAY AT WORK (Essential Duties):

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.  

In this role you will provide Global Category ownership for the Business Area, develop and retain strong supplier relationships and work to manage partnerships with cross functional teams and internal stakeholders. You will work to ensure the award of businesses to the best suppliers through project negotiations, using advanced tools as refined cost models, Supplier Development methodologies, etc. fulfilling the targets of cost, quality and flexibility. You will support the development of annual budgets and 5-year strategic plans for the Business Area identifying opportunities and risks and be responsible for data research, analytics, and management of direct material category strategies. You will generate initiatives and projects to deliver productivity targets and lead internal and external analysis (industry & supplier) as a member of a cross-functional sourcing team. You will work with the Global Lead Category Manager and Business Area Category Managers to build and deploy a category strategy that aligns all Business Areas requirements and help to identify potential contract improvement opportunities & re-negotiations.


  • Provide indirect and collaborative leadership to the IndOp purchasing teams to ensure on-time project execution & implementation of category strategies.
  • Manage and evaluate contractual agreement terms to ensure compliance as well as participate, prepare, and support RFQ and other strategic sourcing activities.
  • Evaluate and propose actions and initiatives around simplification and complexity reduction and assist in the implementation and expansion payment terms (NOWC).
  • Participate in negotiations and use creative ways to drive value by the utilization of Value Based Sourcing.
  • Maximize buying efficiency, minimize supply disruption, and financial risks for the Business Area.
  • Support Program Management on new model Launches and platform refresh programs while helping to address/support resolution to supplier driven performance issues.

Managing the business strategically with the objective to leverage, to promote complexity reduction, simplification, modularization, cost performance and innovation driving:

  • VBS process - Early involvement of the suppliers in new programs
  • Supplier Development (automation, quality improvement, productivity increase)
  • Sourcing Decisions in close collaboration with the Global Domain Managers and key stakeholders (Product Line, Quality, Manufacturing, Design)
  • LTA’s negotiations
  • Suppliers Selection
  • Cost Modeling analysis
  • Innovation Prospection


  • With a number of projects running simultaneously, flexibility and agility are essential.
  • You ask and you listen, you take ideas on board and work with your team, taking everyone in the same direction.
  • You can make yourself understood and are a good listener.
  • You are open to opportunity and can see the bigger picture, keeping consumers and colleagues front of mind as you embrace the opportunities that our diversity offers.
  • For you, every challenge offers opportunity and potential. You just have to find it.
  • You aim to fix any issue the first time, following up as needed to reach a resolution that satisfies the customer.

Minimum Qualification

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor's degree (Industrial/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer or Economics background is an asset)
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant, progressive strategic sourcing, category management or equivalent leadership experience required
  • Experience in managing and delivering cost reductions/value creation with knowledge of direct materials categories
  • Experience and knowledge of the purchasing environment for the commodities managed with the capability to analyze business procurement issues along with the strategic sourcing methodology and its application
  • Knowledge of supplier processes and cost drivers.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Fluent in English, any other language is an asset

Apply now

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'