Manager, Category Management, Indirect Materials MRO
Purchasing & Sourcing
Full Time
Charlotte, Nc


The Commodity Manager, Indirect Materials will be responsible to establish a commodity strategy and a globally competitive supply base for assigned indirect material and service categories. Through the use of EMA’s Purchasing Process, the Commodity Manager will drive activities that deliver on assigned end to end supply base simplification and productivity goals as well as process KPIs. In addition to delivering on necessary goals, this position will act as a central point of contact for assigned suppliers. The responsibilities will include new business awards, business shifts, general communication/account management, coordinating and driving supplier cross qualification, development and execution of regional and global negotiations, end to end supply base simplification, and supplier accountability (measured to Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Technology targets).

The Commodity Manager, Indirect Materials will also provide purchasing expertise and support to the various internal departments who utilize these assigned categories and support stakeholders in both vendor management and contract negotiation as needed.


  • Represent the Business Area in the global category meetings
  • Support the definition and implementation of the overall strategy where applicable for the Business Area
  • Develops and implements sourcing activities

Defines and leads cross-functional sourcing teams in the factories:

  • Direct management responsibility for the factory MRO teams.
  • Provide team members with direction and support throughout the steps and activities of the strategic sourcing process, applying appropriate and defined methodology and tools.
  • Determines the best in class PTP process for the various sub-commodities
  • Leads internal and external analysis (industry & supplier) as a member of a cross-functional sourcing team
  • Prepares and leads fact based negotiation and supplier selection
  • Reviews vendor agreements to ensure commercial terms meet the needs of the business activity and liabilities are approved by the legal department.
  • Leads contract implementation through local indirect purchasers (MRO Buyers) and resolves important issues
  • Manages/evaluates contract compliance, data management and supplier performance and takes necessary corrective actions
  • Evaluates and renews contracts by identifying and prioritizing opportunities for reduction of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Assists in the implementation and expansion of procure to pay processes, procedures, and policies impacting assigned spend categories and works closely with the Accounts Payable department in order to roll out the online indirect materials purchase order system across all departments.
  • Participates in the annual budgeting process and helps to control the ongoing monthly costs by monitoring the expenses and comparing them to the contractual obligations.
  • Participates in pricing negotiation processes and uses creative ways to drive costs down through the establishment of long term agreements.

Manage relationships / partnership with internal stakeholders during projects:

  • Within the framework of the cross-functional sourcing and supplier development teams, closely develop and manage the relationship with internal stakeholders

Develop and manage relationship / partnership with suppliers and track their performance: 

  • Define and implement supplier performance evaluation model
  • Collaborate with contract managers for supplier management activities in accordance to the supplier performance evaluation model
  • Resolve supplier performance issues
  • Lead supplier development activities; set up cross-functional review meetings with suppliers in order to improve performance and further reduce cost
  • Initiate supplier audits
  • Identify potential contract improvement opportunities & re-negotiations
  • Align with local stakeholders in order to implement contract and ensure contract compliance

Define and implement contract framework:

  • Track key performance indicators regarding contract compliance
  • Create Service Level Agreements to mitigate business impacts vendor accountability
  • Develop vendor Long Term Agreements to drive year over year cost productivity improvements
  • Manage and facilitate the collaboration within the cross-functional sourcing team

Minimum Qualification


  • Bachelor Degree in engineering, business, or other related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant, progressive strategic sourcing, category management or equivalent leadership experience required


  • Proven Track record of delivering significant cost reductions
  • Ability to work with key stakeholders in global locations and at various levels
  • Outstanding leadership skills including leading supplier resources and cross-functional teams.
  • Extensive knowledge of the purchasing environment for the commodities managed with the capability to analyze business procurement issues, recommend solutions and strategies and implement changes.
  • Strong knowledge of the strategic sourcing methodology and its application (e.g. fact based negotiations and cross functional team collaboration)
  • Strong knowledge of indirect materials commodities: MRO
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage strategic supplier relationships, including relationship building, performance, development and integration
  • Knowledge of supplier processes and cost drivers.
  • Results-oriented and demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet critical deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with ability to build rapport and establish and maintain good working relationships cross-functionally
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet goals and deliver results quickly
  • Initiative in solving problems and creating and implementing proactive responses
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • 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'