May 13, 2022

Procurement Category Manager - CapEx

  • Refresco
  • Dunkirk, NY 14048, USA

Job Description

The Category Manager is responsible to lead category and operational management of their designated spend category(ies). In addition this role will also identify opportunities to reduce 'Total Cost of Ownership', provide supply continuity, identify and mitigate risks, deliver on quality and service expectations, and work with Procurement Leadership to lay down procurement category strategy for their category(ies).

Category under responsibility of the Category Manager is Capital Equipment for all Refresco NA operations.

CapEx - Responsible for leading and managing a segment of Indirect machinery, equipment, and services spend of $100+ million. Responsible for establishing sourcing strategies, segmenting into category families and leveraging spend, right sizing supply base, executing Long Term Agreements aimed at improving cost, delivery, quality, performance and profitability for all manufacturing sites. Continuous improvement for the procure-to-pay process by identifying and leading efforts with departments cross departmentally.

Essential Functions

• Develop a comprehensive understanding of all category influencers and become the business- wide category subject matter expert from both a technical and commercial perspective.

• Assist in development of procurement strategies and plans for the category together with stakeholders that would reduce our Total Cost of Ownership and improve availability, quality, service and innovation.

• Anticipate, negotiate, and execute commercial opportunities on time within the assigned categories under the supervision of the Procurement Manager/Director.

• Develop, implement, and manage vendor performance metrics, documents, and reporting as part of a Supplier Relationship Management plan within specified category.

• Maintain a positive and professional relationship with all key suppliers and internal stakeholders.

• Continuously optimize category through spend reduction and/or value enhancement, risk mitigation, and sustainability initiatives.

• Conduct market and risk analysis to drive category strategies.

• Negotiate commercial agreements with suppliers. Manage the central repository for contracts, including activity planning and the timely execution of contracts.

• Own vendor qualification process within category by collaborating and developing positive relationships with internal/external stakeholders.

• Obtain data from varied sources to identify and support fact-driven opportunities. Ensure analysis is accurate, comprehensive, and robust.

• Own RFx processes from creation to completion to generate and analyze multiple viable bids.

• Collaborate across departments during SOW development and respective vendor auditing/vetting. Attend off-site vendor tours/audits as needed.

• Collaborate with Accounts Payable and Engineering to ensure project budgets are met and invoices are paid on time.

• Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.


• Minimum Qualifications:

o 4 Years - Experience in Engineering, Procurement or other related field

o 2 Years - Experience in Position

o 0 Years - Experience Supervising Employees

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education

• Preferred Qualifications:

o 6 Years- Experience in Procurement or other related field

o 6 Years - Experience working in Position

o 0 Years - Experience Supervising Employees

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education


• Creative Thinking: able to think creatively, generating new ideas and approaches to situations.

• Strategic Thinking: able to grasp the big picture and think long-term.

• Attention to Detail: highly attentive to details, change and what factors influence change.

• Recognition of Opportunity: recognizes new opportunities and acts to take advantage of them.

• Quantitative Analysis: skillful in using quantitative analysis to understand business issues. Strong analytical skills and business acumen required

• Assertiveness: able to defend a point of view and to confront others appropriately when necessary; unafraid to take controversial positions and challenge the conventional wisdom or status quo.

• Comfort with risk: takes risks when appropriate, isn't afraid to innovate and experiment.

• Organizational Priority: able to make decisions that are in the best interest of the organization, even though they cause individual people distress.

• Decisiveness: able to make decisions even in ambiguous situations and without full information.

• Self-Motivation/Time Management: able to determine and prioritize tasks with minimal direction

• Negotiation Skill: skilled in negotiating tactics, effective in utilizing analysis and creative solutions to extract the greatest value for the company.

• Software Skill: Microsoft Excel proficiency is mandatory, as well as adeptness in PowerPoint and Word. Required eagerness to learn other software applications on an as-needed basis. SAP knowledge a plus.

• Merit-orientation: judges ideas and people on merit alone, without bias or favoritism.

• Influence: can influence and persuade other people, even without direct authority.

• Political Skill: knows how to get things done within the political framework of an organization.

• Leadership: comfortable taking a leadership role.

• Oral Communication: a skillful public speaker, good at presenting ideas and plans in a persuasive manner.

• Written Communication: a good writer; expresses ideas and positions clearly. Ability to compose concise, simplified written descriptions of complex issues, supported by detailed analysis and effective "storytelling" to engage and influence the audience.

• Cross Cultural: Able to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds.


• Minimum Required:

o Bachelor's Degree in (Business Administration, Management, Mechanical/Industrial Engineering) or other related field

• Preferred:

o Master's Degree in (Business Administration) or other related field

o Project Management experience

o Manufacturing experience

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