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CATEGORY SOURCING MANAGER

Company: Air Products
Location: Allentown
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description and QualificationsAir Products and Chemicals, Inc., a Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial gases, has an immediate opening for a Category Sourcing Manager at our Corporate Headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.The position is responsible for strategic category sourcing of machinery including compression, turbines, pumps, and other rotating equipment. The position leads Global Strategic Sourcing category development, ensures continuous supply and quality of products, drives cost savings and cost avoidance, and manages the supplier qualification and relationship as well as collaborates with Product Sourcing Managers to improve product line competitiveness, promote the use of best-cost country sourcing, and support strategic innovative technologies.The incumbent is technically competent, able to understand processes and equipment, and externally focused with a strong commercial acumen.The Category Sourcing Manager-Machinery will:

  • Build and implement Global Category Strategies aligned with the Product Lines' business and technical needs and priorities.
  • Manage, measure, and improve cost competitiveness through capital cost and execution hours reductions while ensuring continuous supply of high-quality products to achieve the lowest Total Cost of Ownership and increase company working capital.
  • Develop Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) programs for critical suppliers including Quarterly Business Reviews (QBR) based on a Scorecard approach while maintaining strong relationships with other suppliers to make Air Products a Customer-of-Choice.
  • Work with the Machinery Center of Excellence to establish a cohesive approach to the technical and commercial development of key suppliers.
  • Identify, screen, and qualify new global suppliers to fill supply chain gaps, improve equipment performance, and increase competition.
  • Communicate with different stakeholders including Product Lines, Engineering, Technology and Regional Procurement Centers to solve systemic operational issues and engage suppliers at a strategic level.
  • Proactively engage the marketplace to identify innovative supplier offerings, develop company leverage, understand key category cost-drivers, and mitigate risk.
  • Negotiate strategical supply agreements and standardized contracts with suppliers to lower costs, ensure supply, and eliminate sole or single source situations.
  • Support company Product Lines with effective strategies including:
    • Optimizing supply chains from supplier through customer across multiple functions and geographies.
    • Providing costing target options during product line refreshes.
    • Contribute on the development of execution strategies on emerging mega EPC projects.
    • Cross-functional responsibilities include:
      • Representing the Global Strategic Sourcing group for all product-related cross-functional initiatives.
      • Managing the category Supplier Qualification plan.
      • Utilizing and reinforcing the Global Strategic Sourcing Business Management System (BMS) processes and documents.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES
        • Embody the 4S culture of Safety, Speed, Simplicity and Self-Confidence.
        • Exemplify the Air Products values of safety and integrity in all internal and external interactions.
        • Proactively build innovative category sourcing strategies to maximize the company value proposition.
        • Apply technical competence and effective use of tools including SAP and others.
        • Collaborate globally across functions and organizations while promoting diversity and inclusion.
        • Manage supplier relationships, drive cross-functional initiatives, and ensure continuous improvement.Critical Competencies
          • Dynamic influencing, communication, and facilitative skills, including across cultures and geographies
          • Strong understanding of technical, business, and commercial concepts and macro-economic factors
          • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills and external focus
          • Excellence in supplier negotiation and both internal and external communication
          • Proactive collaborator in a matrix organization
          • Desire to achieve assigned results in a fast-paced environment and being a change agent
          • Fluency with the 7 Step Strategic Sourcing ProcessQualifications:
            • BS in Engineering, Supply Chain, or Business. MBA degree is a plus.
            • 10+ years of work experience in an industrial environment including sourcing or engineering experience related to the assigned categories and equipment.
            • Strong understanding of Air Products offering and markets.At Air Products, we work in an environment where diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit About Air Products.We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays/vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans!Air Products thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview, or are currently employed by Air Products, will be contacted!We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.) You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.Req No.34403BREmployment StatusFull TimeOrganizationGlobal Engrg Mfg Technology & EquipmentBusiness Sector / DivisionGlobal Engineering Procurement & Quality CIRegionNorth AmericaCountryUnited States

Keywords: Air Products, Allentown , CATEGORY SOURCING MANAGER, Executive , Allentown, Pennsylvania

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