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Category Manager

MSA, The Safety Company
Murrysville, PA 15668
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MSA, The Safety Company

Category Manager


Requisition ID: 2021-5072
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Global Supply Chain


For more than 100 years, our passionate mission of safety empowers us to protect lives.

MSA Safety is a global leader in the development of safety equipment and pioneering technology that helps protect people and facility infrastructures around the world. We are committed to providing the latest in innovative, best-in class safety solutions that feature integrated systems capability and allow our customers to return safely to their families and friends. Every day our customers place their lives in our hands. In response, we provide them with protection they can trust. It is gratifying to lead the way as a source of inspiration. Would you like to join our team of more than 5,000 employees world-wide dedicated to this purpose? We hope so.

We are looking for an experienced Direct Category Manager to develop and implement supplier and category sourcing strategies in a regional setting while actively managing and enhancing key supplier relationships. The ideal candidate will be able to mitigate overall business risk, drive process standardization, and support financial transparency while actively working with internal stakeholders and interacting with executive management. Data analytics regarding the industry, supplier categorization & consolidation, and spend analysis are necessary and a key enabler for success in this role.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, we want to hear from you!


  • Direct category management of initially $15M of spend, with the expectation to grow significantly in the short-term, and which includes the creation and driving (partnering with cross-functional stakeholders where applicable) of long-term category strategies designed to fulfill enterprise-wide requirements and achieve maximum life-cycle value.
  • Follow environmentally- and ethically-sound procurement practices of contracted goods and services which includes compliance with corporate and departmental policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local regulations.
  • Cost optimization through management, analysis and communication of relevant financial controls.
  • Conduct and communicate category-based spend analysis, identify future cost savings pipeline and implement savings initiatives.
  • Supplier management by determining and developing sources of supply, maintaining cooperative working relationships and staying current with trends in technologies, products and services.
  • Prepare RFP/bid documents, analyze proposals based on predefined criteria, facilitate supplier award process, and conduct and communicate results of Supplier Business Reviews including corresponding action plans.
  • Contract management by driving contract creation, reviews and renewals, developing strategy for alignment and consistency to drive cost synergies.


Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • Proven ability to model disciplined execution following detailed standard work, maintaining a high level of attention to detail, driving efficiency, productivity and personal accountability.
  • Demonstrated innovative and technological mindset to ensure master data integrity and accuracy, seek out latest industry trends, road-map future technology and champion early adoption.
  • Sound ability to make data driven and analytical decisions by identifying trends and opportunities, making problems visible and utilizing financial acumen to justify investments and influence decisions.
  • Proven success in challenging the status quo to drive continuous improvement promoting the use of root cause problem solving, valuing new ideas, inspiring others, and demonstrating effective use of change management principles.
  • Proven success in building partnerships, influencing others, and communicating effectively both in verbal and written form, seeking diverse perspectives, and strong emotional intelligence to enable cross functional collaboration.
  • Travel 5% - 10% domestically

Education and experience required:

  • Bachelors degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Business or related discipline.
  • This position is available at two different career levels based upon experience, education, etc.:
    • Level one: 5+ years sourcing or procurement experience
    • Level two: 7+ years sourcing or procurement experience

Education and Experience Preferred:

  • MBA or background in engineering or engineering related field
  • ASCM: CSCP or ISM: CIPS/CPSM Certification
  • Experience using SAP
  • Experience using spend management solutions
  • Advanced skills with Excel
  • Level I: Experience with supplier relationship management, strategic development, negotiation, and contracting
  • Level II: All above plus demonstrated experience with category-based sourcing, development and implementation


MSA is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. As such, it is MSA's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of the person's age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran's status, genetic information, political affiliation, disabling condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. MSA also makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform a job unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to assist you in navigating this career site, let us know.Contact Us MSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.



Posted: 2021-09-30 Expires: 2021-10-31

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