The Category Manager’s primary responsibility is to manage the cross-team development of the sourcing strategy for the regional category team and ensure ongoing cross-business coordination, delivering annual improvements in total cost, quality, business relationship and service for the spend categories.
Must be fully informed of the needs and capabilities of the business unit and contribute this expertise to the process of sourcing strategy development, supplier selection, global and regional negotiation and strategy refinement by the cross-function category team.
Facilitate the development of the sourcing strategy for assigned categories. Develop an appropriate global sourcing strategy for a given commodity.
Once a sourcing strategy has been developed, the GCM will communicate, monitor and aggressively manage business unit compliance with the strategy.
The GCM will also establish working relationships with HBI cross functions (e.g. engineering, operations, marketing, quality assurance), bringing a strategic sourcing perspective and standardization to all key processes within the region.
Maintain close alignment with category teams. The GCM will maintain continual contact with teams engaged on the GCM’s assigned regional category team, to ensure full understanding and support of team-defined sourcing strategies.
At a minimum, the GCM will lead in periodic reviews of team progress and become actively engaged during the development of the regional category implementation plan.
Develop an expertise in HBI business needs and capabilities for category components. The GCM will understand business unit needs and capabilities and influence all strategies negotiated by regional category teams.
On an ongoing basis, the GCM will remain current on supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing at global levels, continuously updating the Director of Procurement on changing capabilities and needs of the business units, thereby aligning the sourcing strategy and business unit interests.
Monitor and report the performance of suppliers. Supplier performance must be tracked, reported. -Formal and informal review procedures will be developed to provide feedback to suppliers and ensure that supplier performance issues are quickly addressed.
Measure, track & report supply chain performance within each spend category. As part of the global category team, the GCM will identify sources of data for required performance metrics, create a process to collect the data, and champion the actual collection efforts.
Each quarter, the GCM will report to the business unit performance data for the GCM’s assigned commodities.
Examples of required metrics include part level spend history, translation of spend information into a Company-wide common commodity classification system, annual part volumes, expenditures, competitiveness against market spend, and supplier performance data.
Identify and implement TCO reduction opportunities for assigned spend categories. Within the global category team, the GCM will champion annual productivity improvements by facilitating internal and joint supplier / unit teams pursuing TCO reduction opportunities in alignment with the sourcing strategy (e.
g., lowering inventory levels, increasing yields, improving supplier operations, demand management etc.).
Identify and implement best practices within assigned spend categories. By identifying and communicating pockets of excellence within sourcing at the business unit to HBI supply chain leadership, the GCM will contribute to continuous development of Company’s sourcing knowledge base and best practices.
5-7 years of relevant management experience
Strong English and Spanish language skills
Understands the process of Production Management
Understands Material Planning
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to engage effectively with others; ability to cultivate and sustain high quality professional relationships with suppliers
Strong leadership, ownership and change management skills
Ability to create leverage where there is none
Subject matter expert
Strong leader / no direct reporting / individual leader
High level of ambiguity
Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
English language as either a primary or secondary language
Availability for occasional international travel is required
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