Director, Category Management - Raw Materials

Req ID:  62480

Houston, TX, US, 77041 Newbury, Berkshire, GB, RG14 5TR Worksop, NTT, GB, S802PY Annecy, FR, 74020 Burlington, CA, L7L 4X6 Glasgow, GB, G524JN Glasgow, GB, G44 4EX GB Aberdeen, GB, AB21 0BJ Winsford, Cheshire, GB, CW7 3QL

Date:  Sep 8, 2022


This position’s primary purpose is to create and to manage the Castings, Fabrication, Forging, Plate and Subcontracting commodities team for Celeros Flow Technology. This includes strategic commodity implementation, cost savings initiatives and monitoring of supplier performance improvements.  This position has global responsibility for Celeros Flow Technology’s supply chain. This position also works closely with the global leader of the Supplier Quality/Development organization with operational development strategies, goals and plans. This person will provide guidance across the organization to ensure suppliers are capable and meeting all requirements.  Key objectives include increasing LCC/BCR utilization and supplier consolidation.



  • Manage the Castings, Fabrication, Forging, Plate and Subcontracting commodity strategies and team for Celeros Flow Technology. This will be the global strategy.
  • Locates capable foundries, forge, fabrication and machining supplies in conformance with company requirements. Deep experience in China, Eastern Europe, India and Mexico required.
  • Work closely with engineering supporting VA / VE managed categories/commodities.
  • Competitively bids and negotiates pricing and terms for managed categories.
  • Ensures compliance with purchasing rules and company compliance policies.
  • Develops and manages Should Cost Models and Material Market data that impacts pricing and annual forecasts.
  • Manages supplier performance and business review process with Preferred Suppliers to ensure high quality, on-time, and cost-effective supply of goods & services.
  • Ensures critical deliveries are expedited.
  • Resolves vendor grievances and claims against suppliers.
  • Manages supply chain performance metrics for raw material and machining suppliers like sourcing savings, supplier delivery performance, supplier quality performance for continuous improvement.
  • Manages Business Review meetings for Preferred Suppliers.
  • Monitor, manage and report key metrics including but not limited to supplier quality, supplier on-time delivery and supplier responsiveness.
  • Use analytical tools (e.g. supplier segmentation, D&B Supplier Risk Manager, performance scorecards, etc.) to prioritize suppliers for management and development.
  • Coordinate annual supplier conferences to exchange information.



  • Good leadership, coaching, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing and assembly techniques and related standards and specifications
  • Detailed manufacturing knowledge of castings, forgings, fabrication and machining.
  • Strong knowledge of supply chain management required
  • Strong negotiations and contract management skills
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft applications: PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment that is fast paced and demanding
  • Must be self-directed, have excellent initiative and organizational skills
  • Exhibits a strong ability to handle multiple demands with a sense of urgency, drive and energy
  • Working knowledge of supply chain, material management and plant manufacturing processes and systems, including MRP, quality management systems, and production planning and scheduling
  • Working knowledge of lean manufacturing processes



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business or Supply Chain Management, MBA a plus
  • 10 years of experience in Global Category/Commodity Management Leadership
  • Global manufacturing company experience (preferably lived outside the US)
  • Strong language skills (multi lingual preferred)  
  • Rotating Equipment and ETO experience a plus
  • Experience with ERP systems, preferably SAP



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Nearest Major Market: Houston