Category Manager, Direct Materials

Houston, TX | Work from home flexibility

Posted: 11/28/2023 Industry: Supply Chain Job Number: JM23.11.10.1 Experience:

Job Description

My client, a leading manufacturing company is seeking a Category Manager to manage the spend of Direct Materials. This position can be located in Baltimore or Houston with a preference of Baltimore (relocation package is offered for Baltimore, but not for Houston).

Category Manager, Direct Materials – Reporting to the Director of Strategic Sourcing, this position will be responsible for managing a $100M spend of specialty chemicals and packaging for multiple facilities in North America and Europe. This is a critical role for my client that will lead all strategic sourcing activities for the Direct Materials categories. Materials include: Sand, Soda Ash, Sodium Silicate, steel, fiber and plastic drums, multi-walled and specialty PP and PE packaging, pallets, liners, super sacks.

  • Work cross-functionally with stakeholders and other departments in the company
  • Lead supplier performance management. Participate in contract negotiations
  • Analyze data to determine industry trends
  • Participate in forecast planning and provide global market updates
  • Develop and lead strategies for the assigned categories
  • Manage risk and create value
  • Execute procurement activities according to P2P policies


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Supply Chain Management are preferred
  • 5+ years of experience working with in a strategic sourcing role
  • Experience sourcing specialty chemicals for a manufacturing company

My client, an industry leader, is offering growth potential and a generous compensation package, including bonus and relocation (relocation assistance is for Baltimore only. My client will not offer a relocation package for Houston).

**This is NOT a remote position. This is a hybrid position – 3 days in office, 2 days work from home

Meet Your Recruiter

Joanie Mrozynski
Sr. Recruiter

I am a recruiter with 20 years of experience, currently recruiting Procurement & Supply Chain Management professionals for food and chemical manufacturing companies nationwide. I place professionals at all levels in Supply Chain: Purchasing/Procurement, Sourcing, Planning/Forecasting, Transportation, Logistics, Warehouse.

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