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Category Manager

Date: Apr 4, 2019

Location: Mobile, AL, US

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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[[Category Manager - Strategic Procurement Specialist]]


Location: [[Mobile, AL OR Allentown, PA]]

Career Level: [[2-5 Years]]

Legal Entity: [[Evonik Corporation ]]

Business Line: [[Procurement]]


What we offer

You will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an ultra-modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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The Category Agent helps to manage the Evonik procurement category management function for multi plant locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico with respect to the purchase of Technical MRO (maintenance, repair and operating supplies) items and/or Capital Goods and Services. This individual will work to ensure a sustainable competitive cost advantage to new and existing businesses throughout North America.  Ensures that business is conducted in accordance with procedures and guidelines set forth in the ISO Quality and Environmental Management System as well as RC 14001 Management System. The Category Manager will execute his or her responsibilities and establish the strategy for Buyers and interacting with the International Category Manager/Lead Buyer network.



  • Manage supplier contract/price negotiations as it pertains to MRO, including preparation of tender documents and evaluation of the bid documents. Negotiate the optimization/extension of existing contracts and catalogs, including the generation of new contracts and catalogs. Dollar ranges up to $30 MM/year.
  • Identify and document savings potential, especially in terms of sustainability and EBIT relevance, for process related savings, amongst others in the context of using sourcing channels.
  • Provide category strategy development and implementation (scoping, planning, risk management, stakeholder management, reporting/controlling).
  • Regular review of existing/development of new category strategies for the assigned categories.
  • Identify and communicate regional market trends for the assigned categories.
  • Conduct strategic supplier evaluation, also considering sustainability aspects, as well as development of alternative suppliers (reducing dependence on suppliers, make-or-buy decisions.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree required (Technical Degree Preferred), with 5 yrs. purchasing experience in a related field of expertise, or in other fields with focus on internal and/or external customers.  Minimum 5 years’ experience in chemical industry experience, preferred.
  • Purchases MRO/capital goods up to $30MM, in order to fulfill the short and long-term requirements of the Business segments in North America.
  • Must possess knowledge of business law, accounting principals, state tax laws, "Occupational Safety & Health Act" (OSHA), "Environmental Protection Agency" (EPA) and state licensing regulations, as well as a basic understanding of Quality Management Systems.
  • Decisions requiring higher authority are referred to Director of Procurement and Logistics Service Unit.

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Evonik Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.


Please note that Evonik will not accept any unsolicited application documents sent by staffing firms. Evonik works in conjunction with preferred service providers and will not pay any fee to staffing firms in the absence of an appropriate framework agreement. Should Evonik receive a candidate profile from a staffing firm with which it has no framework agreement, and should this candidate subsequently be considered in the recruitment process or offered employment, no claims from the staffing firm will be entertained in this regard.


Nearest Major Market: Mobile AL