Global Category Manager

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Date: Apr 2, 2024

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141 Wickliffe, OH, US, 44092 Deer Park, TX, US, 77536

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Job Title: Global Category Manager


Job Location: Brecksville, Ohio or Wickliffe, Ohio or Deer Park, Texas

Job Type: Full-Time


Type of Role: On-site or Hybrid


​About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life. 

Join Our Thriving Team at Lubrizol as Global Category Manager


Unleash Your Potential. At Lubrizol we're transforming the TempRite industry. We're looking for exceptional talent to join us on this journey. If you are ready to join an international company with talent around the world, and want to make a real impact, we want you on our team. 


What You'll Do:


As a Global Category Manager, you'll be at the forefront of our innovation by overseeing the global supplier portfolio providing raw materials for your designated category. This involves developing and implementing a strategic category plan to optimize value for the corporation, ensuring a secure supply chain, minimizing total cost of ownership, and enhancing competitive advantage while meeting business needs. Reporting to the Director Lubrizol Advanced Materials Strategic Procurement, you are accountable to the Chief Procurement Officer for effectively managing the assigned category. 


What We're Looking For:

  • Manage the global portfolio of a specific raw material category within a matrix organization.
  • Source and onboard suppliers, facilitating master supply agreements and contracts globally.
  • Coordinate the global strategy for the assigned category, focusing on optimizing total cost of ownership (TCO) and driving productivity and complexity reduction.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop effective strategies, leveraging regional and industry best practices.
  • Ensure consistency and alignment across all regions by partnering with global stakeholders.
  • Translate business strategy into global procurement strategies.
  • Regularly assess Business Partner requirements and adjust procurement plans accordingly.
  • Develop and execute multi-year sourcing strategies to optimize total cost of ownership, quality, service, and innovation.
  • Utilize end-to-end sourcing expertise to resolve escalations and execute strategies.
  • Lead pricing and negotiation strategies to achieve cost savings targets.
  • Educate stakeholders and apply market intelligence to enhance competitive position and mitigate risk.
  • Report cost evolution and trends for category materials to support business objectives.
  • Implement effective supplier management practices to improve supplier performance.
  • Drive early business engagements and manage supplier activity across multiple accounts.
  • Ensure compliance with company HSES policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Adhere to all corporate and procurement policies and procedures.
  • Represent Lubrizol in a professional, legal, and ethical manner to maintain brand integrity. 


Skills That Make a Difference: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Supply Chain, Business, or other related fields. Extensive experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • At least 10 years of experience in the chemical industry recommended.
  • Fluent in English with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to relate and work well with individuals at all levels, internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to deal with cultural differences and regional issues.
  • Knowledge of regional regulatory, legal, tax, import/export requirements.
  • Must have experience in successfully leading strategy development and implementation of strategic plans.
  • Knowledge of sourcing and procurement lifecycle and excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.  
  • Advanced degree in above disciplines or MBA considered a plus.
  • Knowledge of Lubrizol products and their key raw materials considered a plus.
  • ERP systems experience, including SAP and BOBJ considered a plus.
  • Training in strategy development and execution considered a plus.
  • Knowledge of sourcing and procurement lifecycle and negotiation skills considered a plus.


Perks and Rewards That Inspire: 

  • Competitive salary with performance-based bonus plans
  • 401K Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution
  • Competitive medical, dental & vision offerings
  • Health Savings Account
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Parental Leave
  • Flexible work environment
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If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

Job Segment: Logistics, Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain, Compliance, Procurement, Operations, Legal

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