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Local Category Manager



North Carolina, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2023

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In this role you will be responsible for developing, planning, and implementing Procurement & Logistics (PL) strategy focused on optimizing costs, quality, delivery, and reliability of suppliers and supplied products for an assigned category or group of categories, in Pinetops, North Carolina, ELDS (Electrification Distribution Solution) NAM (North America), PG 3401, 3406, 3407 and 3408. Ensuring execution in accordance with Company, PL and Supply Base Management instructions and procedures.

This position reports to

Procurement & Logistics Manager

Your responsibilities

  • Leveraging the Continuous Improvement Process Sourcing (CIPS) process, implements effective sourcing strategies in line with business strategy ensuring that the supply base/suppliers have the capability and capacity to meet current and future business requirements. Ensures all relevant parties understand strategies and execute processes accordingly
  • Manages planning and tracking of procurement activities, cost budgets, emerging country spending and savings forecasts. Minimizes risk regarding quality and financial exposure by buying in accordance with quality and commercial procedures and in accordance with Company guidelines
  • Negotiates agreements with main suppliers and periodically renews price lists, terms, and conditions
  • Adapts corporate contractual framework to the local business needs. Recommends frame agreements to management and executes upon approval. Provides ongoing oversight and contract management with suppliers
  • Ensures identification, investigation, and selection of appropriate suppliers (focusing on quality, delivery, cost, and sustainability) in accordance with Company policies. Defines and establishes local standard agreements with all major suppliers. Provides and maintains standard terms in purchase contracts/terms and conditions in line with Company directives and guidelines
  • Designs and implements cost out programs and/or processes to reach financial targets
  • Applies and implements PL standards, tools and processes focused on business continuity for the assigned commodity or group of commodities

Your background

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, operations or other relevant business field and minimum 5 years of experience in supply chain, purchasing and category management, working as parts of the P&L (Procurement and Logistics) team
  • Sound knowledge of Six Sigma principals and lean manufacturing
  • Knowledge of SAP, ERP systems and Microsoft office
  • Ability to clearly communicate with internal and external teams, collaboration with multiple functional teams, detail oriented/attention to detail and multitasking
  • Standard procurement procedures and supply chain processes, negotiation skills
  • English language skills and typing proficiency required
  • Candidates must already have a work authorization that would permit them to work for ABB in the US


More about us

ABB's Distribution Solutions Division provides utility, industrial and commercial customers with safe, smart and sustainable technologies for the distribution of electricity. With ABB AbilityTM enabled digital solutions at its core, our extensive portfolio includes distribution automation products, switching, limiting, measuring and sensing devices, switchgear, modular substation packages, and related services.We look forward to receiving your application. If you want to discover more about ABB, take another look at our website Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at ABBABB 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: 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. #LI-Hybrid

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