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Category Manager Senior

Date: Oct 13, 2021

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs and Stratton

Position Description

Manages the purchase of components and services from suppliers at the lowest total cost consistent with quality, reliability of source and urgency of need considerations. Monitors the uninterrupted supply of component parts in support of manufacturing activity. Conducts market and material studies.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Evaluates broad purchasing practices, quotes and reviews cost/price and value analysis to select, reviews alternative suppliers
  2. Manages purchase requisitions and invoices including: expediting shipments by preparing and follow-up on orders and obtains certifications of delivery and verifies against purchase orders
  3. Ensures supplier training for relevant processes and procedures
  4. Develops and  manages records of purchase, price, stock and consumption, supplier/vendor specifications and catalog files
  5. Researches and evaluates the benefits of contracts, open-market purchases and out-sourcing
  6. Negotiates, writes and verifies legal issues of supply agreements
  7. Manages disposal of scrap, obsolete and/or surplus materials
  8. Recommends and implements changes in processes or procedures for assigned areas
  9. Performs some lead responsibilities which may include: training, assigning and/or reviewing work, providing guidance and overseeing work flow of unit
  10. Performs other duties as assigned

Job Skills Requirements

  • Comprehensive knowledge of strategic sourcing and supply strategies, purchasing function concepts and of supplier commodity processes and practices
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for report writing, presentations and interactions with diverse groups of people inside and outside of the corporation
  • Proficiency with PC software and SAP
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to build and manage business relationships
  • Ability to lead sophisticated partnership arrangements
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes and component applications, Statistical Process Control and other significant quality management techniques
  • Strong knowledge of basic Geometric Dimension & Tolerance (GD&T) principles
  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility and/or location


Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management or related field, or equivalent education and experience

Experience Requirements

  • Five years of experience in purchasing or related field

Physical & Environmental Requirements


Briggs & Stratton, LLC, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of pressure washers, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro® Ferris®, PowerBoss®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. 


Briggs & Stratton, LLC is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

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