Category Manager

Date: Sep 28, 2022

Location: Harvey, IL, US

Company: FUCHS Group

Welcome to the FUCHS Group, the world’s number one independent manufacturer of lubricants and related specialties. As a global company with roots in Germany, we expand the possibilities of whole industries, such as the automotive and aerospace sectors. More than 5,000 employees look closer, dig deeper and think further to create innovations and develop markets. That is what drives and connects us. We encourage our employees to expand their potential and grow together with us. Explore your specialties by joining us as
Category Manager Next possible start date | Harvey


Fuchs Lubricants Co. is the United States operating unit of Fuchs Petrolub S.E., the world's largest independent specialty lubricant manufacturer with annual global sales of over $2.4 billion. We provide high quality lubricants and services to a wide range of industries such as automotive, appliance, aerospace manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, transportation, mining, and energy. We are constantly developing new technologies to meet the ever-changing demands of modern industry and we are recognized for providing world-class technical support to our strong customer base.


Your responsibilities:

The Regional Category Manager plays an integral role in our supply chain by developing and maintaining supplier relationships and ensuring the availability, best price and quality of raw materials and services the business requires.

As a member of our purchasing team, the Regional Category Manager will be empowered to lead the Company's sourcing activities in a significant portion of our raw material spend. 


The Regional Category Manager's key responsibilities include:


  • Accountable and responsible for source-to-contract for assigned category.
  • Develop strategy for respective category together with stakeholders.
  • Harmonize regional supplier and raw material portfolio.
  • Managing supplier development and price negotiations.
  • Identifying, introducing, and qualifying alternative suppliers.
  • Monitoring relevant markets to identify supply trends and risks and communicating the research to the Company's leadership.
  • Coordinating with Fuchs' global network of purchasing professionals to take advantage of our combined experience and buying power.


Travel is expected to be less than 10%.


Qualifications we are looking for:

  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Supply Chain Management or a related field of study.
  • 5+ years’ experience in a supply chain role (e.g. category manager, purchasing, expediting, procurement) within a manufacturing environment and/or chemical industry preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience with supplier development and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate.
  • An aptitude for problem solving and a high degree of organization.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Data analysis related to supply chain with forecasting experience a plus.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, including at least intermediate Excel skills.
  • Strong competency within the purchasing module of an ERP system (SAP preferred).
  • Applicable certificates a plus (CPM, Six Sigma, etc.).


These are your benefits:

Fuchs offers a challenging and rewarding working environment where employees are encouraged to develop and grow as professionals.  In this role, you will have the opportunity to work on projects that will expand your experience and challenge your abilities in the global marketplace.  The position also offers an excellent compensation package and a comprehensive suite of benefits. 


Fuchs Lubricants Co. is an equal employment opportunity (EEO)/AA employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace (m/f/d/v).


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