Global Category Manager
Kohler Co.

Kohler, Wisconsin

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Global Category Manager

Work Mode: Hybrid

Location:  Kohler, WI


Responsible for financial and operational performance within a specific spend category. Position involves purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment, and/or services across multiple Kohler Co. business units. Accountable for all supplier selection decisions within category. Prepares and evaluates supplier quotations and services to determine most competitive solution based upon a total cost of ownership. Familiar with a variety of purchasing concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated procurement tasks. Conducts multi-functional supplier performance management reviews. Responsible for setting performance objectives and strategy within category. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically manages a team of purchasing associates.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead a small team of category leaders in managing assigned area of spend including Showering, Plastics, Hoses, Rubber, Zinc Die Casting, and Valves.
  • Manage the design and implementation of category strategies to attain year over year material cost reduction (PPV/MPV), material quality/delivery improvements and inventory reduction targets through the use of appropriate supply chain tools.
  • Lead the strategic sourcing process of team formation, research, evaluation, and structure. To include RFQ development, quotation reviews (traditional and on-line reverse auctions), supplier/contract negotiations and supplier development. Lead sourcing meetings with Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing etc. to reach consensus on sourcing strategy.
  • Own the supplier relationship for the key suppliers in designated spend category while leading negotiations with suppliers to deliver stated objectives.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of world-class supply chain processes to ensure that existing processes are targeted to attain excellence versus industry benchmarks. Lead best cost country sourcing for the appropriate sub-categories for year over year net cost reductions. Lead the supply base in implementation of eCommerce tools to automate transactions, bring flexibility and transparency to the supply chain.
  • Work closely with strategic and preferred suppliers to identify and resource productivity/cost down initiatives through the use of VA/VE tools.
  • Work with Supplier Quality and Engineering to develop new suppliers as required. Drive leading edge procurement by working closely with the supply base and the material planning group to actively integrate the suppliers into Kohler plants through the appropriate use of Kanbans, VMI or related tools.
  • Assist in mentoring and training buyers in best practices.


Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, Materials Management or related field is required. A Master's Degree in Business or a Technical field is preferred. Minimum of 15 years professional work experience with 10 years purchasing experience in global manufacturing companies with increasing responsibilities in a multi-site, multi-product, company is required. International experience and previous global travel required.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .

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