Element Materials Technology

Category Manager

Job Locations US-IL-Glendale Heights


Element has an opportunity for a Procurement Category Manager in our Americas Region (Canada, Mexico, USA). We are looking for a Direct Category Manager who will design and execute sourcing strategies for technical categories, including machinery, spare parts, maintenance and engineering services. We are looking for a positive, driven and proactive self-starter who is motivated by success and a natural passion to deliver best value for money. You will work well under pressure, have the ability to prioritise, organise and coordinate and have strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • Develop and execute various strategies to increase procurement coverage in the Americas, ensuring competitive advantage and sustainable year-on-year improvements in terms of cost, quality, service and innovation
  • Lead and execute sourcing projects including strategy development, supplier negotiation, award recommendations, business case presentations, risk management and contract execution
  • Perform total cost of ownership evaluations and supply-market research, and conduct pricing audits and impact analysis in the pursuit of continuous cost improvements
  • Identify and resolve strategic supplier performance issues to ensure customer satisfaction

Skills / Qualifications

  • Degree in an industrial or engineering discipline
  • Manufacturing experience background is preferred
  • Professionally qualified individual – i.e. CPSM, CIPS, 6Sigma
  • Knowledge of up to date contract language and legislative requirements
  • Significant experience in sourcing, contracting and project management
  • Relevant category experience in the relevant technical area (machinery, maintenance and engineering)
  • Sourcing experience within a Fortune 500 company, consultancy or large service industry company
  • Proven experience in designing and executing sourcing strategies that consistently deliver measureable bottom line cost savings
  • Proven track record in influencing sourcing decisions within these specialist spend categories
  • Expert negotiator and influencer
  • Strategic thinker with the vision to plan and drive results
  • Strong interpersonal skills for communication, networking and influencing, particularly at Executive level
  • Highly numerate
  • Creative outlook when problem solving
  • Excited by innovation and new opportunities
  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently - to use initiative and work autonomously


Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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