Category Manager


Radnor, PA, US

Brand:  RS Integrated Supply
Function:  Procurement
Work Location:  Hybrid


RS Integrated Supply is one of the world’s leading providers of Integrated Supply Solutions to

manufacturing industries for the provision of MRO (indirect) products. Our portfolio consists of

Procurement Services, Transactional Processing, Stores Management and Inventory Optimisation

enabled by industry leading digital platforms. We deliver world class results to world class companies

in industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Foods, Beverage, Automotive and Aerospace.

We have more than quadrupled in size over the last six years growing our client spend from $80m

to $600m.


SCHEDULE: Hybrid, working in office Tues-Wed and working from home on Mond, Thurs, Fri



In alignment with the Global company strategy and ambition and in conjunction with the Global

Procurement organization, the Category Manager plays a leading role in the development,

stakeholder alignment and implementation of the Global / Regional category strategies for the

assigned procurement categories.


 Main purpose of the role is to:

o Lead and manage robust category strategy development, stakeholder alignment (internal

and external) and strategy implementation of the assigned Global / Regional categories

taking into account Global / Regional / Local market requirements and supply base

offering. This will include, but not limited to, data collection, analytics, supplier selection

and engagement, contract negotiation, contract implementation and supplier performance


o Deliver to RS Integrate Supply the best profit generation via subscription fee agreement.

o Accountable to work closely with Sourcing Managers and Operation Teams to ensure

client’s contractual commitments (savings, KPI delivery) are met.

o Maintain the accuracy of the e-catalogue for the assigned categories by analysing content

for accuracy and completeness using quality assurance tools.

o Provide external market intelligence for the assigned categories to constantly assess the

most suitable category strategy is in place.

o Assess potential risk across the assigned categories, lead and manage risk mitigation plan where required.

o Contribute to the company ESG and sustainable sourcing agenda.

o Explore and assess potential synergies with RS Group for the assigned categories

o Support other Category Managers in various category management activities as needed.

o Deliver on other duties as per business requirements.



• Safety: Always follow all site safety and security procedures and attend required safety training.

• Accountable to deliver as per aligned annual Global Procurement targets (non-exhaustive):

· Subscription fee / rebate

· Savings to client as per contractual commitment via supplier negotiation in line with category

strategy, alternative product introduction, volume concentration, best-price evaluation

(distributor vs manufacturer direct), etc.

· Supplier performance via implementation and monitoring of Global supplier scorecard; ensure

corrective action plan are in place to improve performance time over time

· Relevant sourcing inputs and data analysis on new business opportunities in accordance with

the required timelines.

To ensure success, the category manager is working in close collaboration with the Buyers, the

Sourcing managers, the Operation Teams, Finance and Business Development.

Where applicable, the category manager is accountable for the recruitment, on-boarding, training,

development and the performance of the direct reports.



• Master degree (4-5 years) in Economics / Business / Science or other equivalent; MBA is


• Minimum five (5) years in strategic sourcing/category management. Three (3) years in sourcing

MRO related materials or relevant categories is recommended.

• Computer proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite. Strong skills in Excel / PowerPoint; ability to

learn and work with MS Project.

• A technical background with familiarity of Maintenance, Repair and Operating Materials is

recommended. A working knowledge of M.R.P., JIT, and related systems is desirable.