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Category Manager

Category ManagerTake your next career step at ABB with a global team that is energizing the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. At ABB, we have the clear goal of driving diversity and inclusion across all dimensions: gender, LGBTQ+, abilities, ethnicity and generations. Together, we are embarking on a journey where each and every one of us, individually and collectively, welcomes and celebrates individual differences.

The role of the Category Manager is to develop, plan and implement the procurement and logistics strategy for an assigned category or group of categories, with a focus on optimizing costs, quality, delivery and reliability. Reporting to the Global Procurement & Logistics Manager, will be responsible for establishing and executing category strategies to enable best Quality, Service, Technology and Pricing for procured spend within the category.

Your responsibilities
  • Lead category team to drive strategies towards achieving Key Performance Indicators established for the category
  • Managed spend (approx. 80 MUSD)
  • Plan and drive the achievement of annual savings and cash improvement targets by division and plants (by way of identification and leading various sourcing initiatives & projects)
  • Working together with ABB treasury, establish metal hedging strategies
  • Apply ABB SCM (Supply Chain Management) standards, tools, and processes in a multi-business organization
  • Direct supplier selection strategies for the category with a strong focus on developing Best Cost Country sources
  • Drive projects and initiatives in service management and improvement in On-Time Delivery from suppliers for all plants
  • Negotiate agreements with suppliers to optimize inventory, quality, cost, and obtain best terms & conditions for ABB
  • Partner with Supplier Quality to drive improvement in quality metrics while engaging actively in various project implementations (First Article Inspection - FAI, PPAP etc.)
  • Develop, document, and maintain supplier risk management processes for the category that addresses risk from sole/single sources, financial risk, supply chain and capacity risk to the business with clear actions and strategies to reduce risk over the short and medium-term
Your background
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, supply chain management or technical field required with minimum 5 years work experience in supply chain, sourcing or related function.
  • Minimum 3 years procurement/sourcing experience in areas of category management, negotiations, and procurement.
  • Master’s Degree in Business or Supply Chain Management preferred.
  • CPM / CPSM certification preferred.
  • Proficiency with software applications such as MS-Office (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc.) / Power BI / ERP tools – SAP Ariba (preferred).
  • Knowledge of Quality systems, standards and procedures.
  • .communication and presentation skills.
  • Advanced project management skills with the ability to influence change across global operations.
  • Candidates must already have a work authorization that would permit them to work for ABB in the US.
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Wellbeing program
More about us

ABB Installation Products Division (formerly Thomas&Betts),is the number one manufacturer of electrification products in North America with a 125-year history of providing innovation and customer- focused solutions for connecting and protecting electrical systems, as well as a unique differentiated medium voltage offering. Our products are used all around you, every day – orbiting the earth, working on Mars, on the fastest trains we ride, in the fastest cars of the world, crossing oceans, in factories producing your food, in the tallest buildings of the world, in the most modern hotels and in the walls of your home. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 38 premium brand names, our Division offerings are found wherever electricity is used. We look forward to receiving your application. If you want to discover more about ABB, take another look at our website Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at ABB ABB is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, creed, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizen status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, family medical leave status, or protected veterans status. For more information regarding your (EEO) rights as an applicant, please visit the following websites: As an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, applicants may request to review the Affirmative Action Plan of a particular ABB facility between the hours of 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST Monday through Friday by contacting an ABB HR Representative at 1-888-694-7762. Protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access ABB's career site as a result of your disability. You may request reasonable accommodations by calling an ABB HR Representative at 1-888-694-7762 or by sending an email to Resumes and applications will not be accepted in this manner.

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