Element Materials Technology

Technical Category Manager

Job Locations US-IL-Glendale Heights
ID
2021-6888

Overview

Element has an opportunity for a Technical Category Manager to join our growing team. The focus of this role will be to 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.

 

Responsibilities

  • Direct and execute strategic sourcing strategies, best practices, and initiatives that support aggressive improvements in supplier quality, total cost effectiveness, enhanced service levels, improved coordination, delivery, pricing, lead-times, payment, risk compliance and other areas as identified
  • Executes category sourcing strategies including development and execution of RFI’s and RFP’s, documents bid events through correspondence to suppliers; develops selection criteria and drives the selection of suppliers in collaboration with a cross-functional teams; conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management
  • Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes; researches and provides information on industry category trends and best practices. Provide procurement input to maximize procurement leverage, optimize project design and minimize project durations and cost
  • Develop negotiation strategies, gain alignment from stakeholders, lead cross-functional, category-based negotiation teams, and implementing appropriate supplier risk analysis. Directly negotiate with suppliers that require a detailed strategic plan and have a direct correlation with Element Materials Technology’s operational needs and goalsUse current spend information/data and business knowledge to identify sourcing projects for individual subcategories, and developing an overall cost reduction plan
  • Monitor supplier performance to ensure that delivery dates and technical and contractual requirements are met. Manages day-to-day on-going category supplier relations and seeks outgrowth or revision opportunities within supply base. Acts as the internal point of contact for supplier management and complaint resolution; conducts regular supplier meetings and implements improvement strategies with suppliers. Creates, nurtures, and enhances supplier relationships
  • Aggressively manages category performance by adhering to internal Savings goals and reviewing financial models for commodity type items. Ensure spend portfolio for reoccurring managed spend is balanced through coordinated sourcing waves and leveraged with Capital project sourcing activities
  • Drive consolidation of spend and seek out synergies across Business Units where applicable, by forming and leading cross-functional strategic sourcing teams to develop and implement category/commodity strategies and to drive cost from individual spend sub-categories
  • Champions weekly category review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage category performance

Skills / Qualifications

  • BA or BS in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or Business
  • Minimum five years’ demonstrated experience procuring large dollar capital equipment and services in a engineering setting
  • Excellent communication, change management, and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple complex projects
  • Proven negotiator in sourcing, contracts, and vendor management
  • Demonstrated ability to capture and report cost savings related to capital equipment and service procurements
  • CPSM, CSCP, CPIM, SPSM, or similar certifications preferred
  • Deep knowledge and demonstrated ability in developing and leading a category sourcing strategy
  • Experience with Formal sourcing methodologies
  • Ability to utilize e-sourcing tools to execute and manage sourcing projects
  • Experience Reviewing and negotiating complex agreements

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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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