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Category Manager Indirect Services

NPAworldwide Recruitment Network

Last Updated: 11/25/22

Job Description

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Job Summary

The position is responsible for the regional strategies and procurement of Logistics Services (Road, Rail, Barge, Warehouse Services & Storage, Survey, Terminals, Import/Export Agent, 3PL contracts etc.) requirements for Solids and Liquids. Regional geography includes Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil with growth aspirations.

  • Create and execute the Regional Supply Chain Procurement Strategy for assigned sub-categories for companys distribution in AMR in order to capture maximum value and synergies.
  • Collaborate with global and other regional procurement category managers and stakeholders in developing and implementing AMR category strategies and strategic sourcing efforts that support Company profitability and growth, thus resulting in a positive impact to overall company bottom line.
  • Lead contract & coach as required all negotiations and placement of contracts with value creation in mind for all supply chain regional needs and manage assigned category contracts.
  • Support Global (Marine, Air & Warehouse) category managers for AMR requirements (Contract renewal, negotiation, bidding, awarding, market intelligence, business collaboration/education, etc.)
  • Assess business requirements, qualify supply chain service providers, conduct competitive tenders, evaluate offers, award and negotiate contracts through efficient and effect category and contract management practices.
  • Develop business cases, should cost models, and cost adjustment formulas for identified scopes; identify and utilize appropriate market intelligence and best practices in the analysis, document benefits & value creation, collaborate with the business to understand current & future spend, and agree on the critical success factors and business challenges for each strategy & contract.
  • Develop, analyzes, and reports savings calculations for projects and other metrics as required.
  • Challenge existing business concepts and sole/single source situations that arise.
  • Drive continuous improvement efforts for AMR Supply Chain and develop effective business relationships to ensure compliance with policy and procedures.
  • Manage change management through influence, knowledge and internal cross-functional teams within the business and function.
  • Coordinate internal needs with external market and suppliers for rapid response in a dynamic market.
  • Enable and champion a do-it-right-the-first-time frame of business lead by example regarding compliance to legislation, standards and company requirements.
  • Manage and ensure compliance in all aspects of the procurement process with education to business and supplier base as required.
  • Minimizing overall Supply Chain Risks through conformance with Procurement Policy, upholding EHSS standard and code of ethics with Supply Chain service providers and business partners.
  • Manage supplier performance; segment supplier base and routinely schedule and review suppliers KPI performance to ensure expectations are met and value is attained.
  • Coordinate all activity with legal and Global/Regional Procurement teams to ensure robust strategies, contracts, KPIs and continuous Improvement initiatives are in place and functional for Supply Chain.
  • Assists with special projects as assigned or requested.



  • BA in Supply Chain Management (Procurement), Business Administration, Finance, Engineering (preferably Chemical, Industrial or Mechanical), Industrial Management or Economics or equivalent industry experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Logistics. MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 8+ years experience in supply chain procurement and related roles, with a preference for experience in directly managing barge, ocean, warehouse, and logistics service categories, including sourcing, contract negotiations and supplier management in the Americas.
  • Competencies:
  • Effective Communication and Collaboration
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Global Outlook
  • Influencing for Impact
  • Customer Service/Focus
  • Negotiation
  • Relationship Management
  • Strategic Focus
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Action and Results Oriented
  • Leader of challenge and Change
  • Inclusiveness
  • Procurement policy and procedure Compliance
  • Category and Contract Management
  • Procurement Strategy creation, sourcing excellence and contracting complex agreements
  • Coaching teams and business partners


  • Ability to create, develop, define, challenge, and execute procurement category strategies related to global & regional scope and complexity
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) across all business levels, sites, cross-national and cross-functional organizations
  • Independently & proactively create plans and deliver results in a complex internal & external environment
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Create should cost models and utilize market intelligence to identify and support strategies
  • Lead educational awareness & compliance sessions - set the example concerning policies, procedures, system usage and best practices in the areas of Supply Management, Procurement, and supplier qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong level of quantitative, analytical, and conceptual skills
  • Strong critical thinking and decision quality
  • Ability to build, lead and coach teams and foster business relationships with and without direct authority
  • Strong cultural awareness and diversity appreciation
  • Fluent in English with Spanish and Portuguese a plus
  • Knowledge of COMPANY products/services; specific content experience within any SBU a plus
  • Skilled in ERP system usage, especially SAP
Why is This a Great Opportunity:

One of the world's largest, diversified chemicals company. A career with this Company provides you with an opportunity to leave a lasting positive impact to the world and yourself. From excellent health and well-being benefits to their comprehensive learning programs. They offer a wide range of benefits and offerings that recognize that their people have unique motivations and ambitions. Its all about matching what matters to you with what matters to them.

Company Details

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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