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Senior Category Manager at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

Johnson Controls is powered by your talent. We are the power behind the customer mission. Together we are building a world that’s safe, comfortable and sustainable. Our diverse global team creates innovative, integrated solutions to make cities more connected, buildings more intelligent and environments more comfortable and secure. We are all about improving outcomes for our partners. Tomorrow needs your talent. Tomorrow needs you. So let’s talk today.

Job Details

What you will love about Johnson Controls:

We've been dedicated to protecting the environment since our invention of the electric thermostat in 1885, which provided a fundamental shift in the energy efficiency of buildings. Now, all over the world, our products and services enable our customers and communities to consume less energy and conserve resources.


  • Global, innovative, industry leader


  • #70 on Fortune’s most admired companies list


  • Embraces diversity


  • Growth opportunities abound


  • Fast paced, evolving company, always learning, always adapting


  • Great benefits; including Healthcare related wellness discounts, great 401k match, company funded retirement program, vacation, sick time, floating holidays and national holidays


Senior Global Category Manager:

What you will do:

As a part of the Global Products business unit, the Senior Global Category Manager role is a member of the Direct Materials Procurement Category team. This team is responsible for partnering with key stakeholders across Global Products Organization to develop global sourcing strategies for all key categories, establish a best-in-class global sourcing footprint, act as a Center of Excellence for their respective categories, actively support the business in new product development and help the Global Products Organization meet their business objectives.

This Senior Global Category Manager works with the Product Business Units to ensure that commodity strategies and activities are aligned. This strategic role works on a team with a purpose to assure strategic commodities alignment across functions of the business, and project manages the strategy deployment across the products business globally. As a member of this team, you will work within a dynamic environment that provides a high-level of exposure and influence on people and business decisions.

As the Senior Global Category Manager for Drives and Intrusion, Access Control and Security systems you will manage the macro category portion of overall spend budget and associated savings. You will develop, communicate, and implement comprehensive category strategies.

As a Senior Global Category Manager you handle ambiguity well, can make decisions without all the data, can shift gears comfortably and can effectively cope with change. You believe that the best work is done in teams – you’re seen as a cooperative leader; candid yet fair. You can manage multiple priorities simultaneously because of your excellent project management, organization and time management skills. You are intellectually curious – driving continual learning for you and your team. You’re also interpersonally curious – understanding that internal and external collaboration fuels improvement and best practice. You are seen as a leader and have strong indirect people management skills to influence multidisciplinary teams and peers, and to drive the global PBUs and Regional Teams towards success.

How you will do it:


  • Responsible for developing detailed category strategies to support the Global Procurement Direct Materials organization. This includes drives and security systems like access control and intrusion hardware.


  • Mentor and lead assigned Solution Center Buyer to support sourcing and supplier management while driving cost savings and continuous improvement initiatives.


  • Ensure alignment of category strategies to business requirements and objectives.


  • Lead and project manage MBBP (Materials Best Business Practice) and CI (Continuous Improvement) teams for assigned categories driving best product, process and footprint.


  • Lead supplier contract negotiations, supplier selection and contract lifecycle management.


  • Act as a center of excellence for the respective categories through complete understanding of industry, competition, future technologies and innovations etc.


  • Responsible for overall continuity of supply and active risk mitigation. Project manage with plants to resolve quality, delivery, capacity and other issues as required.


  • Support make vs buy decisions.


  • Meet or exceed profit plan goals related to categories: cost savings, raw material economics, quality, supplier rationalization, LCC % content and other agreed objectives.


  • Lead monthly or quarterly category reviews with dotted line global category team across the product business units and regions.


What you will need:


  • Bachelor degree required. Master degree preferred.


  • Min. 8 years in HVAC, engineering, large manufacturing or multi-industry global organization.


  • Min. 2 years of experience in a strategic sourcing role.


  • Project Management experience.


  • Extensive global sourcing experience.


  • Very strong negotiation skills.


  • Experienced in supplier relationship management


  • Indirect people management skills to influence dotted lines.


  • Capability to interface with senior leadership across regions both internally & externally.


  • In depth understanding of purchasing tools and practices.


  • Strong MS Office skills; including advanced spreadsheet skills and ability to lead virtual meetings in Microsoft Teams


  • Strong costing and analytical skills.


  • Working knowledge of Oracle / SAP or other equivalent ERP systems.


  • Travel up to 30% domestic and international.


  • Language skills not required but preferred: Spanish.


Johnson Controls International plc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law. To view more information about your equal opportunity and non-discrimination rights as a candidate, visit EEO is the Law. If you are an individual with a disability and you require an accommodation during the application process, please visit here.





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