Category Manager – Retail Construction/Operations

Operations Raleigh , North Carolina


Global Strategic Sourcing

Category Manager – Retail Construction/Operations

Who we are

Align Technology is a global medical device company engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of the Invisalign® system (the most advanced clear aligner system in the world), iTero® intraoral scanners and services for orthodontic and restorative dentistry.  The company is a component of the S&P 500 and has enjoyed 30% growth Year Over Year.


Because of our growth in mature markets and international expansion, the Global Supply Chain team is growing and investing in its Indirect Sourcing capabilities.  This is an exciting time to join the Indirect Sourcing team as it builds its capabilities and grows.


What you will do

As a Category Manager, you will have the opportunity to drive value through sourcing activities along multiple lines of business and category areas, globally.  You will be responsible for building and maintaining business partner and supplier relationships.  You will develop supply market insights to help inform business strategy. 


Align Technology is transforming the way it does business and connects with its consumer.  One key initiative supporting this effort is our new retail operation.  Our first store was opened in San Francisco in November and we are in the process of opening more.  This is a new category for us and we are looking for a retail operations sourcing lead to develop our sourcing strategy for retail operations, determine staffing requirement for a retail sourcing team and long term requirements.  In addition to developing the long term organizational strategy you will lead sourcing efforts and contract negotiations with suppliers.  You will be required to take limited information from the pilot program and develop a nationwide, complex strategy across multiple retail categories.  You will be coordinating efforts with Facilities, Retail Ops, Finance and Global Supply Chain as well as interacting with senior executives both internally and externally.

Our Indirect Sourcing department is new and building from the ground up.  If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, get excited about building relationships and category strategies from scratch then you will thrive in this environment.  A large portion of this role will consist of identifying opportunities and categories to focus on, developing a plan, and executing against those strategies.


Key responsibilities

Identify Business Partner Priorities and Requirements
Develop Category Strategies
Manage Business Partner Relationships
Execute Sourcing Engagements
Collaborate with Internal and External Stakeholders
Understand Market Trends and Gather Insights
Manage Key Supplier Relationships
Monitor Supplier Spend and Compliance to Contract
Continuously Develop Yourself and Coach Others



6-10 years in a Strategic Sourcing, Category Management, Supplier Management, and/or Procurement role

Retail category sourcing experience is a must

Medical Devices, Manufacturing, High Tech industry experience a plus
Strong project management skills
Highly organized, can take ambiguous situations and make sense out of them
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Strong Change Management and Influencing skills
Ability to handle difficult situations and come to alignment

Global experience a plus


BS/BA; MBA Preferred