Senior Category Manager - Indirect Procurement (Hybrid)

Date: May 18, 2023

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs & Stratton

Our Indirect Procurement Team is adding a Senior Category Manager. The position operates in a fast paced environment with the opportunity to help set the direction of the team at Briggs & Stratton moving forward. The role will be based out of our corporate office in Wauwatosa with the ability to be remote 2 days per week. 

Position Description

Leads category strategies for multiple purchase areas and/or of significant total spend across the enterprise. Leads strategic sourcing activities 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. Manages supplier relationships and performance and identifies cost reduction opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Conducts supplier contract negotiations, supplier selection, and contract life cycle management. Communicates expectations and results with suppliers.
  2. Develops and executes sourcing and supplier management strategies to improve supply, cost, risk management, product development, and innovation.
  3. Defines and communicates the category vision and expectations for suppliers and internal team members outlining performance and gaps to goals, and improvements to ensure business objectives are met Collaborates to resolve issues, execute projects, and grow the organization’s category expertise.
  4. Coaches and mentors Category Analysts to develop their category-specific expertise.
  5. Develops and maintains effective business relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  6. Manages and reports on category annual operating planning cycle activities.
  7. Assures overall continuity of supply and active risk mitigation. Works with plants to resolve quality, delivery, capacity and other issues as required.
  8. Leads continuous cost reduction / value improvement activities by developing and executing projects, competitively quoting, conducting negotiations, and developing/executing cost models.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Skills Requirements

  • Expert in category strategy, strategic sourcing, supplier management, spend analysis, and contract negotiation skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for report writing, presentations and interactions with diverse groups of people inside and outside of the Company
  • Proficient with ERP systems including SAP preferred
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to build and manage business relationships
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to lead sophisticated partnership arrangements
  • Ability to influence stakeholders
  • 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

  • At least five, with seven or more preferred, years of experience in purchasing/supply chain or related field
  • Ability to travel up to 10%



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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