Category (Sourcing) Manager - Plastics Category

Supply Chain / Demand Planning Atlanta, Georgia


Position at Hunter Douglas Inc.


Hunter Douglas is the world market leader in window coverings and the most sought after name in custom window fashions. Our strength lies in our ability to develop innovative, high quality, proprietary products found in millions of homes and commercial buildings around the world.

Position Overview

The primary role of the Category Sourcing Manager – Plastics is to establish, manage and execute strategy for Hunter Douglas North America businesses. The Category Manager is responsible for negotiating, evaluating, directing and/or coordinating the category spend and vendor relationships within these categories.  This includes the identification of year over year productivity opportunities, strategic direction, and material, service, and operational improvements.

Essential Duties included but are not limited to:

  • Be a trusted business advisor to stakeholders, providing counsel and guidance in the acquisition of products and services. Provide intelligence on industry trends and best practices to develop future strategies. Have a laser-focus on exceeding stakeholder expectations;
  • Demonstrate leadership through innovation, data-driven decision making and superior communication and teamwork;
  • Apply industry best practices and market trends to create forward-thinking category strategies;
  • Lead end-to-end competitive bids through the full process of requirements, market analysis, bidding, selection, negotiating, contracting, and supplier management;
  • Meet or exceed year-over-year cost reductions for assigned categories. Deliver savings and payment term improvements and other value-added contributions to Hunter Douglas North America’s P&L;
  • Produce spend analytics and reporting to stakeholders to identify new savings opportunities;
  • Conduct periodic business reviews with key suppliers to ensure adherence to service levels, recognition of hard savings, and implementation of continuous improvement. Implement and manage compliance metrics and performance KPI’s;
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • Bachelors/University degree in Supply Chain, Business, or relevant major/curriculum required
  • 5 – 7 years of progressive Sourcing or relevant Supply Chain experience in management of materials. Masters in related field is a plus.
  • Specific experience in plastics and component sourcing, as well as engineering, and or manufacturing is preferred.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment or operations environment required
  • Contract negotiation, vendor management and manufacturing related experience required
  • Working knowledge and understanding of SAP/ERP/MRP systems and their use in a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, leverage, and implement metrics and other tools to drive supplier performance 

Technical Experience and other Requirements:

  • Strong understanding and proficiency of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize quantitative and analytical skills to assess business situations and solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to contribute in a cross-functional collaborative environment.
  • Comfortable working with ambiguity and small amounts of information to define actionable steps.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with consumer packaged goods
  • Window Coverings Industry experience preferred 

HUNTER DOUGLAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply