Thermo Fisher Scientific Category Manager in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, and you’ll be valued and recognized for your performance. With talented managers and inspiring coworkers to support you, you’ll find the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

Category Manager will have overall responsibility to manage a portfolio of Third Party suppliers in the assigned categories/segments to drive our program’s value across the supplier community, and to achieve revenue and margin targets while improving the supplier and customer experience.

A dedicated team of 4-6 professionals consisting of Supplier Channel Manager(s), Buyer(s) and Backlog Specialist(s) will directly report to and support the Category Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, deploy and drive strategy across assigned categories.

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of designated team including but not limited to purchase order processing, backlog management, supplier interface and negotiations, workflow and personnel issues.

  • Establish, review and analyze metrics/reports on staff performance, publish and provide updates on metrics during staff meetings and to senior management.

  • Develop and modify staff responsibilities to continuously enhance efficiency and improve processes.

  • Support supplier negotiations to achieve cost savings/discount targets and margin expansion goals.

  • Set and achieve individual and team goals in alignment with department and division.

  • Provide Role Model Leadership to team; lead by example.

  • Create a “team culture” among direct reports and utilize the team concept in dealings with suppliers to enhance the supplier experience.

  • Lead team in our efforts to significantly increase electronic transactions with suppliers.

  • Ensure the use of our Supplier Ranking tool to drive favorable improvements.

  • Drive down cost variance and assign/assist with quarter end backlog reduction efforts.

  • Act as key interface with Product Management in the assigned categories to ensure strategy alignment.

  • Assist with payment term negotiations and credit hold issues when necessary by acting as the key interface with Finance, A/P and/or suppliers.

  • Participate in and lead interviews, candidate selection and hiring process, training and continuous development.

  • Manage performance of employees and team by conducting PMDs, staff meetings, 1:1 meetings, etc. as required.

  • Utilize PPI and/or other methodologies to drive efficiencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent business experience (8 years of additional experience in lieu of Bachelors) and a High School diploma or GED.

  • 3+ years of experience in business.

  • Experience in supplier negotiations.

  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel and Power Point.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience in a supervisory role.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience with Cognos.

  • Ability to work in a self-directed environment with minimal day-to-day supervision while providing leadership to staff.

  • Ability to prioritize work and maintain a high level of organization.

  • Proven track record of being able to work well with teams, internally and cross-functionally.

  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and ability to effectively manage others.

  • Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high volume environment and to adapt to changing requirements and tasks.

  • Ability to handle adverse, ambiguous and/or stressful situations with professionalism.

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and concisely with strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Strong business acumen.

This position has not been approved for Relocation Assistance.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.