Global Category Manager

  • Materion Corporation
  • Mayfield Heights, OH 44124, US
  • Oct 11, 2018
Full time Other

Job Description

Materion Corporation

Materion is VEVRAA covered Federal Contractor and requests priority referrals of protected veterans

Job Locations US-OH-Mayfield Heights
Job ID 2018-2557
# of Openings 1
Business Unit Corporate
Relocation Provided Yes
Category Supply Chain


Simply stated, Materion makes advanced materials that improve the world. We are a global leader in creating innovative, high performance engineered material solutions and services for a wide range of growth industries: high-tech consumer electronics, telecommunications, commercial aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, and many more.

Our products, services and expertise help enable customers' technologies. We supply sophisticated thin film coatings for hard disk drives, specialty inorganic chemicals for solar energy panels, bio-compatible materials for implantable medical devices, specialty alloys for miniature consumer electronics components, optical filters for thermal imaging, critical components for infrared sensing technology, special materials for LEDs and much more. As the world's only integrated "mine-to-mill" supplier of beryllium-based products, we also offer beryllium, specialty engineered beryllium alloys and beryllium composites.

As a team of 2,600 associates, we partner with customers in more than 50 countries. In 2017, we generated over $1B+ in revenues and made an exciting new acquisition that expanded our footprint in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

For more information, check out our video "Materion Is" along with other videos of us showing you how we're Making a Difference our shared purpose of" Making Advanced materials that Improve the World."

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The Global Category Manager will report to the Sr. Director - Global Procurement and will be located in Mayfield Heights, OH. The Global Category Manager's primary function is to lead the activities of the category team in benchmarking and customizing best practice category strategies, processes, templates, and systems. The Global Category Manager will also lead the implementation of the agreed strategy and monitor execution & adoption, manage the organization's cross business unit spend, lead sourcing teams/projects in order to attain the lowest average cost consistent with quality and delivery requirements in order to meet customer needs. This position will provide leadership in category management, strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, and savings initiative implementation across the global organization.


The Global Category Manager will drive savings and procurement standardization, with responsibilities including:
  • Understand global and regional supply markets within the assigned categories, including major suppliers and their capabilities, global capacity and demand, industry trends, and historical and projected price movements.
  • Develop & manage collaborative working partnerships with key stakeholders internal and external to the business.
  • Define, manage, and deliver project plans, deliverables, metrics and milestones to Include: Market Research & Analysis, Data Collection/Management, Financial Analysis, Cost Modeling, RFx Creation, Supplier Communication Management, Evaluate & Negotiate Agreements, Contracting, Supplier Performance Management and Development.
  • Contribute to the development of category strategies that accomplish key objectives, which include: Savings, Process Effectiveness, Supplier Consolidation & Management, Risk Reduction & Management, and Improved Visibility & Control of Expenditures.
  • Develop and implement continuous improvement initiatives and programs in pursuance of operational excellence.
  • Develop, implement and track team performance metrics and MBOs in alignment with division/corporate goals and objectives.
  • Ensure teams are consistently using and adhering to operating procedures and work instructions.
  • Lead team members by providing guidance, content expertise, and motivation.
  • Inform leadership of resource needs and project status with reporting and project management tools.
  • Provide leadership to team in supply market intelligence research and analytical activities; drive activities that support visibility into key cost drivers, pricing trends, emerging market regions, supply market adjustments, capabilities, capacities, etc.
  • Develop and implement research, analysis and intelligence reporting methodology, tools, databases and processes.
  • Support internal purchasing, strategic suppliers review and new product development programs with supply market intelligence.
  • Develop, coordinate and manage supplier business reviews
  • Manage the development, implementation, and alignment of global or regional sourcing strategies and global or regional supplier network capabilities for the appropriate industry to achieve broad business objectives
  • Evaluate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new technologies and in new markets as business requirements dictate
  • Direct the development and negotiation of complex agreements with suppliers encompassing key program specifications and functional objectives
  • Serve as escalation point for project quality issues for sourcing team members as well as internal stakeholders
  • Develop and improve sourcing project management tools and processes; customize these processes and tools to best support category strategies
  • Execute against the defined, structured stakeholder management process
  • Implement knowledge sharing programs to make available internal documentation and best practices to the entire organization
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the change management and adoption process
  • Deliver a communication plan for the business transformation initiative specific to assigned categories key stakeholders
  • Drives the Supplier relationship activity to ensure continuous quality and delivery of supply to meet business demands.
  • The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the role.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, or Supply Chain Management is required; advanced degree (MBA) preferred.
  • Professional certifications (CPSM, CSM, or Other) a plus.
  • 7 years progressive sourcing experience in a leading organization; including a minimum of 5 years managing spend categories.
  • Experienced with strategic sourcing processes, preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • General understanding of general P2P processes, systems, and concepts, including SAP.
  • Demonstrated success leading strategic sourcing projects; able to handle multiple internal customers.
  • Strong collaborative leader and positive communicator; effective facilitator.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others.
  • Excellent negotiation skills up to and including the executive level.
  • Solid understanding of contracting requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with leveraged agreements and multi-year contracts.
  • Solid understanding of e-sourcing.
  • Ability to travel globally and work in a virtual environment.
  • Expert in quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Comfortable with both internal stakeholders and external audiences.