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Indirect Category Manager

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs and Stratton

Position Description

Provides guidance and leadership to category managers across multiple commodities in the development and implementation of global strategies for a business unit and/or enterprise.  Collaborates with key stakeholders in other business units to ensure consistency and application of a supply base in accordance with Sourcing, Production and New Product Development. Possesses extensive experience in Supply Management and building strong supplier relationships.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Manages the Strategic Sourcing Team across multiple commodities, developing and implementing global strategies, and defining supply chains that significantly impact enterprise financial and operational objectives.

  2. Leads the implementation of sourcing strategies for new product programs to achieve program goals.

  3. Establishes direct linkage with key stakeholders of associated commodities across the enterprise to ensure the integration of business needs into sourcing strategies.

  4. Identifies, develops, and implements innovative sourcing strategies, leveraging best in class technology insights impacting components and commodities across the enterprise.

  5. Consults with Strategic Sourcing Director to negotiate complex, long-term agreements with key suppliers for multiple plants and/or business units globally.

  6. Works with Senior Category Managers to ensure business transformation and continuous improvement goals are being met, gathers feedback on enhancement of the strategic sourcing process, and identifies opportunities and recommends changes in existing commodity strategies to assure business unit and enterprise leverage.

  7. Manages high level, strategic supplier relationships for their assigned value chains. Defines and communicates long-term strategic sourcing strategies, the category vision and expectations for suppliers, outlining, performance gaps to goals, and improvements to ensure business objectives are met.

  8. Manages key supplier risk issues, facilitates internal working groups, and develops appropriate mitigation plans.

  9. Performs full range of managerial responsibilities which may include but not be limited to: interviewing, hiring, coaching and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; EEO/AA; performance management; department budget.

  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Skills Requirements

  • Proven track record in developing and executing strategic plans, influencing skills, managing complex projects, and leading collaborative relationships, in a cross-functional team environment preferably in the manufacturing industry

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects meeting aggressive deadlines

  • Knowledge of purchasing, negotiation techniques, quality, and supplier relationship development

  • Established interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with and manage a diverse group of people in a team environment

  • Demonstrated knowledge of supply chain management.

  • Highly developed analytical and communication skills

  • 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 ten years of progressiveexperience in sourcing preferably in a manufacturing environment

  • Minimum three years of management experience, preferred

Physical & Environmental Requirements


Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

Job Segment: Supply Chain Manager, Supply, Performance Management, Supply Chain, Strategic Sourcing, Operations, Human Resources