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Supply Chain Category Manager

SP Industries, Inc., Warminster Full-Time
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Job Description


The Category Manager is responsible for the spend management for their assigned division.  This will involve selecting best cost / strategic sources of supply for our purchased components.  They will negotiate master supply agreements, MOU, contracts and blanket orders for their division.  To insure adherence to the negotiated agreements, the Category Manager will setup the appropriate plant ERPs system’s.  Finally the Category Manager will manage their supply base’s performance against the agreed terms, but also their delivery and quality performance.  This position may also periodically be responsible for assisting in general responsibilities in the tactical purchasing department.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supplier evaluation and selection, including negotiating the terms and conditions of our business.
  • Supplier management and auditing
  • Increase spend concentration; reduce fragmentation
  • Conduct Quarter Business Review with strategic suppliers
  • Annual cost reduction execution
  • Work with engineering to actively reduce SKUs / complexity in support of best cost solutions
  • Autonomous decision making within approval guidelines.
  • Assist leadership in the development of process and policy.
  • Communication and integration with related functional areas.
  • Participation in supply chain strategic planning processes..
  • Work with engineers and suppliers to establish commercially acceptable drawing standards.
  • Maintain purchasing item attributes, such as lead times, lot sizes, prices, in the various ERPs assigned to the division. (Multi-Plant)
  • Assist with general responsibilities within the tactical purchasing department.
  • Liaise with engineering to ensure appropriate standards are used in material requirements.


  • Consistent and predictable attendance
  • Understands and complies with all company rules and regulations
  • Reports unsafe conditions and practices to management
  • Immediately reports injuries to management


  • 6-10+ years of purchasing or related materials experience.
  • Track record of negotiating supply annual agreements, managing at least $10M of spend.
  • Excellent proactive communication & organization skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines and follow through.
  • Best cost evaluation and analysis of supplier spend and consolidation ability.
  • Good judgment in choosing from multiple options and courses of conduct.
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting tasks in a dynamic environment.
  • High degree of accuracy and detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting tasks in a dynamic environment.
  • MS Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and some Access is preferred 
  • Various ERP systems and Internet use skills.


  •  BA or 10-15 years of relevant job experience.


Work is normally performed in both a typical interior/office and production floor work environment. 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and is frequently is required to stand; use both hands; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Travel will be required about 10-15% of the time between multiple SP sites and suppliers.

EEO and Affirmative Action Statement:

SP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis and takes affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities. It is our policy to provide our employees and applicants with equal employment opportunities in accordance with applicable laws and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, political belief, pregnancy, citizenship, handicap or disability, status as a veteran or member of the U.S. military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. SP's Affirmative Action Plan is available through the HR Department and may be accessed during normal business hours.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision:

SP will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

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