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Category Manager - Electrical

Date: Oct 13, 2021

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs and Stratton

Position Description

Leads a set of commodities  in the development and implementation of strategic sourcing activities across the enterprise.  Leads 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.  Develops global commodity sourcing strategies, is responsible for managing supplier relationships and performance, and leads cost reduction for assigned commodities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Evaluates broad purchasing practices, quotes and reviews cost/price and value analysis to select, reviews alternative suppliers

  2. Builds and manages high level supplier relationships: communicates supplier performance & gaps to goals, and outlines improvement to ensure business objectives are met

  3. Ensures supplier training for relevant processes and procedures

  4. Establishes and manages strategic sourcing goals and metrics for cost reduction, supplier performance, and sourcing decisions.

  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. Recommends and implements changes in processes or procedures for assigned areas

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

  9. Leads continuous cost reduction / value improvement activity by developing and executing projects, competitively quoting, conducting negotiations, and developing/executing cost models.

  10. Develops and implements communication plans to 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

  • 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

Minimum of three years experience in purchasing or related field required.

Physical & Environmental Requirements

Domestic and/or international travel as required up to 10%


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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