Job Openings

Category Manager II

Job ID: BH340952

Category: Purchasing

Client Job Title: Category Manager II
Contract Duration: 6 months (will likely extend)

Job Location: Onsite – Oshkosh, WI

Hours: 40 hours per week. Hours will be discussed during interview stages.

Dress: Business casual
Industry: Automotive
Size: 14,000+
Team Size: TBD – they are looking to fill 2 positions here.

Interview Process: Phone screen/ video interviews.

Must Haves (need 1 of the following):
3+ years of related experience with Bachelor's degree
5+ years of related experience with no Bachelors degree

Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or related field
Legal experience
Program management experience
Global Procurement processes
Cost management / cost structures
Negotiate and manage all global supply base relationship requirements within your assigned commodities
Proven negotiation and analytical skills
PC skills
Management experience

Job Summary/Description:

The Category Specialist role is an intermediate level position within the supply chain category management and new product development functions. The position supports the organization by gathering and manipulating spend and commodity data in support of sourcing strategies and category management. The position develops category research using internal and external data, interprets data and trends and translates into opportunities for value capture. The position supports and may lead sub-categories.


  • Negotiate agreements and lead the implementation, coordination, and enforcement of agreements for the commodity
  • Data gathering and manipulation.
  • Knowledge of data analytics tools; data analytics in a specific commodity/category.
  • Critical thinking skills forming to connect the category data to the business.
  • Knowledge of suppliers and supply markets.
  • Knowledge of Supplier relationships management & engagement.
  • Understanding for supply market trends and how they impact the business.
  • Skill for engineering technical drawings understanding, taxonomy and technical grammar.
  • Gaining an understanding of category the global market place.
  • Will assist and may lead long-term agreement negotiations
  • Identifies and communicates supply chain risk.
  • Understand and communicates category/commodity prices including total cost of ownership models.
  • Supports strategic sourcing initiatives, with development understanding of strategic sourcing process.
  • Regularly uses influencing skills. Utilizes project management to lead and coordinate programs from concept through launch, and may be participant on council.

The Planet Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Type: Temp/Contract

Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin