Regional Category Manager - NE

Sourcing Sarreguemines, France




Regional Category Manager


Job Summary

As a Regional Category Manager, you will be responsible for translating supplier strategies into actionable plans and building key supplier relationships to support these strategies.  Working closely with Strategic Sourcing, the Category Manager will proactively identify areas of opportunity for cost control and supplier performance improvements.


Main Responsibilities
  • Key participant in supplier audits including solvency assessments.
  • Partner with key internal resources to optimize cost performance and support the Sales team with Customer meetings, when required.
  • Serve as primary escalation within Optimas for assigned supplier partners, resolving critical supply chain issues while maintaining supplier relationships.
  • Manage and maintain Supplier pricing agreements [vendor cost].
  • Monitor and ensure supplier compliance to negotiated costs.
  • Drive implementation of all supplier agreements and ensure on-going compliance
  • Manage KPIs for assigned suppliers and take corrective actions, as required.
  • Execute defined supplier strategies (Exit, Leverage, Maintain)
  • Work with Supplier Quality on supplier improvement initiatives and new supplier development.



·          Ability to complete work assignments accurately and quickly; ability to manage more than one initiative at once.

·          Sense of urgency and comfort working in a fast-paced environment with a variety of simultaneous projects.

·          Self-starter, motivated, team focused and results driven

·          High energy, ability to seek out information and quickly build relationships- both internal and external

·          Ability to prioritize and multi-task with a sense of urgency in an extremely fast paced work environment with tight deadlines

·          Strong negotiating and closing techniques

·          Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills

·          Proficient in use of Microsoft Office and other computer based systems

·          Strong work ethic – self-starter able to demonstrate strong proactive approach and self-initiative; persistent and tenacious; excessive level of commitment and dedication to meet aggressive deadlines with high-quality results.

·          Demonstrated flexibility and open-mindedness around change; positive, can-do attitude

·          Demonstrated negotiation, risk mitigation and cost management experience.

·          Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university

·          Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a strategic sourcing role within a related industry.