Category Manager

Signode Industrial Group Glenview Nas, IL

TITLE Americas Resin Category Manager
DEPARTMENT SIG Corporate – Global Procurement
REPORTS TO Vice President Global Procurement
LOCATION Glenview, IL


SUMMARY

The Americas Resin Category Manager is responsible for managing the sourcing and supply base strategy for this critical direct material category. The Category Manager will partner with Engineering and Operations to develop the strategies for our PET, rPET, PP, and PE supply aligned with the priorities and business strategies of the relevant units in the Americas. Additionally, this Category Manager will coordinate with the regional procurement leaders and Category Managers in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas to develop and execute global category strategies. The Category Manager will drive analytics to identify ways to minimize “total costs of ownership” while maximizing service; manage the relationships and performance with the strategic suppliers in these categories; and develop partnerships with those core firms that truly support SIG's needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Reasonable Accommodation Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Essential Functions Statement(s)

  • Interact with Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Service, and other functional areas in each division/unit to develop and implement category strategies which deliver target performance levels at optimum overall costs.
  • Work across divisions/units to identify opportunities for synergy and manage program implementation.
  • Investigate value chain concepts through benchmarking, seminars, and/or other research avenues.
  • Lead the development of RFQ's for various sub-segments, drive analytics and TCO comparisons, and coordinate implementation of results.
  • Engage Engineering with new product development activities to deliver target product costs; promote supplier engagement in driving innovation and design alternatives.
  • Develop and negotiate vendor contracts to drive performance, secure productivity commitments, and protect SIG against risks.
  • Assist / guide the various SIG business units with systemic issues from the resin/film/adhesive suppliers via ABRs and supplier executive engagement.
  • Monitor supplier performance (quality, delivery, cost) and drive improvement activities.
  • Conduct quarterly business reviews with the core suppliers to ensure they are meeting SIG's outlined service requirements.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • University degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business, or related discipline, MBA or Post-Graduate education preferred


Experience/abilities:

  • 5-10 years of experience in Procurement and Sourcing, preferably at companies with strong Strategic Sourcing disciplines.
  • Deep knowledge of the resin markets, both virgin and recycled, and the value chains for these categories (polypropylene, polyethylene, PET, blown/cast films, etc.).
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting demands and communicate effectively to multiple stakeholders.
  • Expertise in contract negotiations, cost modeling, and value chain analysis.
  • Experience in multi-national, global operations preferred.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 20%).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creative, open-minded, and flexible.
  • Leader – persuasive, tactful, purposeful but with empathy.
  • Business minded with focus on improving and simplifying processes.
  • Results driven.


Computer skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite required (Word, Excel, Outlook, Visio)
  • ERP experience desired

Education:

  • University degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business, or related discipline, MBA or Post-Graduate education preferred


Experience/abilities:

  • 5-10 years of experience in Procurement and Sourcing, preferably at companies with strong Strategic Sourcing disciplines.
  • Deep knowledge of the resin markets, both virgin and recycled, and the value chains for these categories (polypropylene, polyethylene, PET, blown/cast films, etc.).
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting demands and communicate effectively to multiple stakeholders.
  • Expertise in contract negotiations, cost modeling, and value chain analysis.
  • Experience in multi-national, global operations preferred.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 20%).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creative, open-minded, and flexible.
  • Leader – persuasive, tactful, purposeful but with empathy.
  • Business minded with focus on improving and simplifying processes.
  • Results driven.


Computer skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite required (Word, Excel, Outlook, Visio)
  • ERP experience desired

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