Category Analyst

Date: May 19, 2023

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs & Stratton

Position Description

Supports a set of commodities  in the development and implementation of strategic sourcing activities across the enterprise.  Assists the strategic sourcing process for assigned commodities by data gathering, identifying suppliers, quote preparation, supplier qualification, and gap analysis to make robust decisions regarding supplier selection and sourcing needs.  Helps to develop global commodity sourcing strategies, and identify cost reduction opportunities for assigned commodities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Analyzes broad purchasing practices, quotes and reviews cost/price and value analysis to support review and selection of alternative suppliers

  2. Partners with Category Manager to build and manage high level supplier relationships: communicates supplier performance & gaps to goals, and outlines improvement to ensure business objectives are met

  3. Identifies  opportunities for supplier training on relevant processes and procedures

  4. Builds strategic sourcing goals and metrics for cost reduction, supplier performance, and sourcing decisions based on input from the category team to track and monitor performance

  5. Researches and evaluates the benefits of contracts, open-market purchases and out-sourcing as directed by the Category Manager 

  6.  Reviews savings opportunities and aligns with the Category Managers on the development of any corrective action plans

  7. Assists with recommendations and implementation of changes in processes or procedures for assigned areas

  8. Defines, resolves, and provides permanent solutions to systemic supplier performance issues

  9. Support the procurement teams to set up and maintain of internal item catalogues

  10. Acts as a communication liaison for key stakeholders

  11. 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

  • 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

One year of experience in purchasing or related field

Physical & Environmental Requirements



Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton 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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