Blount International, Inc. has an exceptional Global Category Manager opportunity at our global headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members.
Blount International represent superior customer value and world-class engineering and quality. Everything we do is guided by a simple goal: to help our customers get their job done right. We do expect to find a driven individual who wants to make a difference in our global business.
The Global Category Manager leads global strategic procurement initiatives and the management of the full sourcing life cycle process for all direct spend in their assigned category (raw materials, finished goods, or indirect spend). The Global Category Manager will develop and execute specific commodity/product category strategies and will manage the negotiation of global supply agreements. This position will work with internal and external stakeholders to identify solutions that support operational requirements while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership. Most important, this position will work with all internal stakeholders to provide the best solutions for product manufacturability, price points and quality. The Manager will identify, report and deliver cost savings and have accountability of procurement performance metrics.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Lead the implementation and execution of sourcing strategies and develop global, strategic cross-functional teams and engage in enterprise-wide sourcing
Drive procurement optimization initiatives, including supplier rationalization, lead time reduction, MOQ (minimum order quantities) and terms optimization
Proactively identify and recommend potential alternative sources of supply to support enterprise wide cost savings targets and mitigation of risk to support business continuity plans
Support objectives for reduced lead times, inventories, consignment and improved delivery, quality and responsiveness by creating strong supplier relationships
Lead sourcing efforts through collaboration with internal stakeholders to meet operational requirements while focusing on reducing TCO (total cost of ownership) and driving value focus
Apply policies and procedures to ensure that all sourcing activities comply with corporate and regulatory directives as well as ensure compliance with comprehensive contract management and sourcing processes
Develop and track global procurement metrics and market trends including areas of spend analytics, benefits tracking, and supplier performance
Mentor global team members on projects; ensure global category teams share leading practices and lessons learned and pursue deliverables that are aligned with corporate objectives
Assist in developing, implementing and communicating global company-wide procurement strategy
Advance proficiency in performing audits, charting and the setting supply chain benchmarks
Bachelor’s degree in business management, supply chain management, or related field, or equivalent experience; MBA preferred
Professional certifications: CPM/CPSM and project management preferred
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS REQUIRED:
7 or more years of global sourcing experience in a manufacturing environment with a track record of verifiable accomplishments
Expertise in a broad range of procurement activities, including inventory and supply chain management, technical sourcing projects including those involving close interfacing with other functions such as manufacturing, engineering, supplier quality, and product marketing and leading-edge procurement practices
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement robust, creative sourcing strategies which yield measurable reductions in spend
Proven leadership skills in building and leading teams
Ability to lead and influence change in the face of complexity, with strategic and innovative focus, as well as establish and participate in tactical process; strong stakeholder management skills
Strong contract management and negotiation skills and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Advanced knowledge and proficiency with SAP or other Tier 1 ERP software is preferred; proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
Take initiative, seek and act on opportunities to improve organization performance
Proven organizational, analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to conduct independent research and analysis, perform statistical calculations, identify issues, formulate options, make recommendations; and follow through to achieve goals
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, able to collaborate with teams who are globally dispersed
Available to work on site as required by job; eligible for domestic and international travel several times per year up to two weeks’ in duration
ABOUT BLOUNT INTERNATIONAL, INC:
Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We also supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with cutting attachments.
Blount’s global manufacturing and distribution footprint includes manufacturing, sales, and distribution facilities in the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, China, and Europe. Blount offers products under the brand names OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, KOX, SpeeCo®, ICS®, and Pentruder. For more information, visit www.blount.com.
Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive Salary plus bonus structure. Relocation assistance available to relocate to Portland, Oregon.
Blount International, Inc. is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment and accessories for the forestry, lawn and garden; farm, ranch, and agriculture; and concrete cutting and finishing markets. We are the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We sell our products in more than 115 countries around the world, and we have approximately 4,0...00 employees.
Our forestry, lawn, and garden offering includes saw chain, bars, sprockets, lawnmower and edger blades, and a range of outdoor replacement parts and accessories for professionals, consumers, and original equipment manufacturers. We offer these products under the brand names OREGON®, Carlton®, KOX, and PBL.