Global Category Manager - Metals
London, GB
6d ago
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  • Global Category Manager - Metals


    Job Description :

    We are looking for an experienced Global Category Manager with Metals or Machining experience to join our organization on a permanent basis.

    The role can be based at our Smiths Interconnect site in Genoa Italy, in the USA (Hudson, Kansas, Stuart), Mexico (Tijuana) or at one of the Smiths Group sites in the UK (South East England).

    You will and implement Procurement strategies that secure the best total value for the materials that Smiths Interconnect purchases worldwide.

    You will be responsible for establishing strategic direction and ongoing management of assigned categories for direct materials that support the immediate and future needs of the business.

    In this role you will develop and maintain a qualified supply base, while understanding technology trends and market influences.

    The role will also encompass responsibility for maintaining the overall business ownership of specific categories to include managing, facilitating, and monitoring communications with suppliers and Smiths Interconnect employees.

    Duties & Responsibilities :

  • Develop, lead and communicate strategies for assigned categories. Gain approval of category strategies through regular meetings and communication with key stakeholders across the Smiths Interconnect business.
  • Lead and / or guide all supplier selection activities to ensure these are in line with category strategies and support the needs of the business.
  • Create a supplier reduction roadmap and ensure this is successfully implemented for assigned categories
  • Utilize strategic Procurement tools and techniques to drive maximum value (eRFx, TCO, Should-Cost Modelling, etc)
  • Develop and deploy cost reduction / profit improvement plans with suppliers that achieve / exceed the annual cost improvement target and which are reflected in the Smiths Interconnect P&L.
  • Ensure that cost reduction tracking tools, including the Smiths Excellence System (SES) tools, are constantly maintained and updated to reflect the latest position.
  • Report progress against your personal cost reduction target.

    Required Skills & Experience :

  • Degree ideally within Supply Chain, Business, Engineering or Economics
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS); American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) or equivalent experience.
  • Experience within Procurement and Supply Chain; ideally with experience of developing and implementing category strategies within a global organization.
  • Highly skilled in Supplier Relationship Management including negotiating and influencing
  • Experienced in cost management practices, with a history of delivery against cost reduction targets.
  • Strong personal drive and motivation; focused on delivering results through continuous improvement.
  • Structured and organized in approach and comfortable managing multiple projects to deadlines
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time globally.
  • About Us :

    Smiths Interconnect provides high-speed, secure connectivity solutions that can perform at extremes of pressure and temperature.

    Our microwave technology is used to keep military radar systems online while our antenna solutions are installed across aircraft and space applications to enhance communications.

    Innovative cable solutions increase signaling functionality in autonomous transport systems and augmented reality and surgical robotics are made possible with connectors that increase bandwidth and data rates.

    Customers rely on Smiths Interconnect for mission-critical connectivity in the harshest environments.

    Our blue-chip customers include Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Huawei, NVIDIA and Biosense Webster.

    One of five divisions of Smiths Group, Smiths Interconnect employs over 2000 people. We have a global presence selling our products in over 50 countries with manufacturing facilities in nine countries and offices across North America, Europe and Asia.

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